Cherry Blossom Secrets Stroll

Washington Walks

Zerve Seller: WashWalks
Activity #895

No future dates/times are currently scheduled for this activity.

For more information, please contact WashWalks.


The annual cherry blossom display is guaranteed to dazzle your senses. But have you ever wondered why the trees are planted along the Tidal Basin? Why cherry trees? Whose idea were they anyway?

Hear the stories and secrets behind the delicate blossoms during a walking tour featuring not only cherry trees, but also noteworthy arboreal cousins.
  • Learn about the woman whose cherry tree vision lives on today.
  • Discover a Japanese lantern older than the United States itself.
  • Find out where you can enjoy even more pink and white blooms.
This walking tour is offered in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

What Is Not Included?

This walk does not include interior tours of any buildings. It does not include a walk around the entire Tidal Basin area. (It is usually too crowded to bring a walking tour group around the Tidal Basin.) The walk concludes at the Tidal Basin, site of most of the famous Japanese cherry trees. Walk participants are welcome to walk the area on their own.

Meeting Location

Departing from National Mall area (Washington, DC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
It's up to you. If you want to pay for your walk via credit card, the only way to do so is by purchasing in advance. If you prefer to pay cash, however, you are always welcome to just show up without an advance purchase. Either way we'd love to have you!
What happens if I’m late?
If you are late, you will miss the tour. Tours leave right on time, and to be fair to the whole group, we cannot wait for late arrivals. If you are not familiar with the meeting location area, please make sure to leave plenty of time to find it. Refunds cannot be provided.
Where does this walk end?
The ending point of this walking tour is different than the starting point. We conclude at the Tidal Basin, where the majority of the famous Japanese cherry trees are located. It is also the site of the Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials. Your guide will provide instructions for how to return to the starting point near the National Mall or how to use the Circulator shuttle bus to reach other points in downtown Washington. Charge for the shuttle is $1 per person.
What sights do we see on the walk?
Stops on the walk include the Enid Haupt Garden (located at the Smithsonian Castle), the U.S. Department of Agriculture Memorial trees, the Washington Monument grounds, and the Tidal Basin, where the walk concludes. (We do not include a walk around the entire Tidal Basin area as part of our route, because of the crowds of people typically found in that area.)
How long is the walk and how fast do we go?
The walk lasts approximately two hours. We travel two miles at a casual pace.
Is this walk suitable for children?
No. This walk is not suitable for young children.
I am bringing an infant/toddler. Do I need to purchase a ticket for him or her?
No. Tickets are not required for children ages 3 and younger.
What happens if it rains?
Walks take place rain or shine. Dress appropriately for the day's forecasted weather conditions. Remember to bring water, sunglasses and sunscreen on warm, sunny days.
Will I be able to shop and buy souvenirs during the walk?
No. The two memorials located near the walk's stop point (the Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials) both feature small gift shops that you can visit after taking the walk.
Is the walk wheelchair and/or stroller accessible?
Yes. Most of our walking tours are accessible for both wheelchairs and strollers.
Can I bring a camera?
Yes. There are a lot of great photo opportunities along the way!
Are restrooms available on the walk?
No. Restrooms are not available during the walking tour. Be sure to use the facilities prior to arriving for the walk.
Can I bring my dog on the tour?
No. Unfortunately, we cannot allow animals other than service dogs to attend our walks.
Are the walks only offered in English?
Yes. Washington Walks are only offered in English.
What is a Washington Walkabout card?
A Washington Walkabout card allows you to take five walks for the price of four: you pay for four walks up front and present your card at every walk, taking the fifth walk free of charge. Purchase a Walkabout card from a Washington Walks guide at beginning of any walk. Each card is $60. Cards do not expire and can be used by one individual only.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes. For details, please contact Washington Walks by clicking “Contact WashWalks” to the left of the page.
Can I book a private or a group tour?
Yes. Private and group walks are available. If you are interested in booking, contact Washington Walks by clicking “Contact WashWalks” to the left of the page.


Washington Walks

The best way to tour any historic city is by foot. Since 1999, Washington Walks guides have been escorting visitors and locals alike through quaint neighborhoods, along hip urban thoroughfares, and past D.C.’s instantly recognizable landmarks and memorials.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or long-time resident, the same holds true: if you haven’t been on a Washington Walk, you haven’t been to Washington, D.C.!
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