Where to See Cherry Blossoms Without the Crowds

It’s cherry blossom time in DC and that means it’s time to plot when and where to see the blooms. The undisputed best way to see Peak Bloom is from the Tidal Basin at sunrise before the crowds arrive, but if waking at 4:00 am is not for you, we have you covered. Check out our list of places to see cherry blossoms away from the crowds in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Many, but not all, places are free. For example, Mount Vernon and Dumbarton Oaks both charge admission fees. Also bear in mind that the number of trees varies by location. Some locations are full of blooms while others, like the Bishop’s Garden and Brookside Gardens feature just one magnificent tree perfect for photos and seeing the delicate pink flowers up close.

Check out our list of where to find cherry blossoms away from the crowds of the Tidal Basin and find the perfect spot for viewing for your family.


Founder’s Park

Mount Vernon

Meadowlark Gardens

The George Washington Masonic Temple

Ben Brenman Park


Green Park and Playground


Brookside Gardens

Glenview Mansion

Druid Hill Park in Baltimore

Avenel in Potomac

Washington, DC

Hains Point

Capitol Grounds

National Arboretum

Campus of American University

Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral

Foxhall Village in DC

Dumbarton Oaks

MLK Memorial

Cherry Blossom Cruise along the Potomac


If all else fails, check out this guide from Casey Trees showing the exact locations of cherry blossoms around the region.

Enjoy the most beautiful time in DC!