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The best cities to see cherry blossoms in the USA

The best cities to see cherry blossoms turn pink and white every spring with magical blooms

By Sarah Medina
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It can be hard to get the timing of cherry blossom season right. The elusive pink and white flowers bloom on their own timeline—and in some cities, you can blink and you might miss it. That's why we're suggesting a romantic getaway to one of the best cities to see cherry blossoms in the USA—these ten best cities to visit across the country are covered in the magical trees, which means you're almost guaranteed to see some blooms if you go in March or April. From the famous cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. to more under-the-radar cities like Macon, Georgia, these are the best cities to peep some cherry blossoms this spring. 

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Best cities to see cherry blossoms

National Cherry Blossom Festival
National Cherry Blossom Festival
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1. Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is probably the U.S. city most famous for its cherry blossoms, and for good reason: More than 3,000 trees are in the city, creating legit cherry blossom fields within city limits. The Tidal Basin is the best place to see D.C.'s blossom spectacular in March or April, but be prepared to battle the crowds. 

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Macon Georgia cherry blossoms
Macon Georgia cherry blossoms
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2. Macon, GA

Never heard of Macon, Georgia? You're missing out. The Southern city is home to a whopping 300,000 Yoshino cherry blossom trees that turn the entire city pink every spring. What started as a horticulturists' pastime in the 1970s grew to be a major part of the city's identity including a festival, the International Cherry Blossom Festival, which is held every March. 

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Seattle cherry blossoms, University of Washington
Seattle cherry blossoms, University of Washington
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3. Seattle, WA

Head to the University of Washington to see 130 cherry blossom trees turn the college quad pink very spring. The original trees were donated to the city by Japan in 1939, and the country ended up donating 12 additional Shirofugen trees and six Yoshino trees—variations of the cherry blossom trees—to the UW campus. 

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4. Nashville, TN

From 2008 to 2018, Nashville planted 100 cherry trees every year, resulting in more than 1,000 pink- and white-hues trees in the city, covering everywhere from Morgan Park to the Tennessee State Capitol. Start at Nashville's public square and walk the 2.5 miles to Morgan Park to recreate the annual cherry blossom walk as part of the city's annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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5. Brooklyn, NY

In normal times, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden goes big in cherry blossom season with the Sakura Matsuri Festival, the most lavish celebration of cherry blossoms in New York City. This year, you can still see hundreds of Japanese shrubs in April and May while the fest's art gallery, Japanese tea room and flea market will be back in 2022. 


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6. St Louis, MO

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St Louis contains more than 100 varieties of cherry blossom trees including 20 which are cuttings from the original trees gifted to Washington, D.C. by the Japanese government. Stroll through the Japanese Garden to see the original trees, then head to the George Washington Carver Garden to see other specimens like the Mount Fuji cherry. 

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White,Cherry,Blossoms,At,The,Dallas,Arboretum
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7. Dallas, TX

Dallas might come as an unexpected surprise on this list, but cherry blossom enthusiasts would be wise to check out the Dallas Arboretum, which hosts more than 100 trees which bloom spectacularly every March. In normal times, the blooms are greeted with a roster of activities and events including live concerts, chef demonstrations and winetastings. 

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Boston,In,The,Spring,With,Cherry,Blossoms,At,Charles,River
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8. Boston, MA

Offering prime riverfront views, the Charles River Esplanade is covered in cherry blossom trees that bloom each year. This three-mile stretch of green space offers more than five miles of walking and biking trails among the blooms leading up to the historic Hatch Shell amphitheater. In normal times, onigri, and yukatas are staples of the local cherry blossom and Japanese cultural festivals in Boston. 

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Cherry,Blossoms,At,The,Japanese,American,Historical,Plaza,In,Portland
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9. Portland, OR

Portland's cherry blossom trees, located in the Japanese American Historical Plaza, are relative newcomers to the city. The plaza was dedicated in 1990 to remember the the Japanese-Americans interned during World War II. Thirty years alter, the park turns pink every spring with chery blossoms. Don't miss the famous works by Japanese-American poets engraved in 12 granite stones throughout the park. 

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Sundial,And,Beautiful,Pink,Cherry,Blossoms,With,Trees,In,Full
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10. Philadelphia, PA

Fairmont Park in Philly is the place to go if you want to see cherry blossoms while in town. The park has a forest of sakura—a specific time of Japanese cherry tree— which were planted in 1926 as a gift from the people of Japan. In April 2022, the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival will be back with origami sessions, sushi-making classes and drumming performances along with the Cherry Blossom 5K and 10K races. 

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