We've partnered with the National Cherry Blossom Festival to bring you a free guide to getting to the blossoms. In this guide, you'll learn:

  • Travel options to get to the cherry blossoms
  • Expert transportation tips
  • Details regarding area attractions, including the festival centers

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Metrorail's Smithsonian station (Blue/Orange Lines) is the closest Metro station to the blossoms. The L’Enfant Plaza station (Blue/Yellow/Green Lines) via the 7th Street & Maryland Avenue exit is typically much less crowded, but is an extra 10-extra walk.

For A-to-B directions and trip times, use Metro’s Trip Planner. Fares are paid with SmarTrip® cards, which are available at any Metrorail station.

Capital Bikeshare

Enjoy the views up close on Capital Bikeshare with the $2 Single-Trip Fare, which can be purchased at any Capital Bikeshare Station. Use the Capital Bikeshare app to find available bikes and open docks on the go.

The National Park Service is anticipating a high number of visitors to the Tidal Basin. Captial Bikeshare will be offering free corral services to keep up with demand:

Where: Jefferson DR and 14th ST SW


  • Saturday, March 24, 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, March 25, 10am-6pm
  • Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30, 11am-7pm
  • Saturday, March 31, 10am-6pm
  • Sunday, April 1, 10am-6pm

The system will also offer free Corral Service at the Anacostia River Festival:

Anacostia Metro Station

Sun., April 15

#BikeInBloom is back! Learn more about the photo contest here. 

DC Circulator

The  DC Circulator National Mall Route is the only public transportation option operating inside the National Mall and to the Tidal Basin. Visit the monuments, museums and cherry blossoms all from one route!

The DC Circulator is all about the most popular downtown Washington, DC attractions. Its six routes link cultural, entertainment and business destinations within the city’s central core. Rides cost just $1, and are paid with SmarTrip® card or cash upon boarding.

Metrobuses that stop nearest to the Tidal Basin include the 16X, 11Y, X1, L1, 7Y and H1 routes. For more information about specific routes and fares, visit the WMATA website. Rides start at $2 and are paid with SmarTrip® card or cash upon boarding.
Driving and parking in Washington, DC during the National Cherry Blossom Festival will be challenging. We recommend you leave your vehicle at home and use one of the other methods suggested in our travel guide. If you do plan to drive with a group, several online services feature off-street parking availability and reservations, including Parking Panda, SpotHero and ParkWhiz. Learn more about DC parking here.

The District Department of Transportation has identified all motorcoach routes, parking and drop-off/pick-up locations in the District in an interactive map.

A list of the drop-off/pick-up and parking locations, a PDF map of the routes, restrictions, and parking, and the Motorcoach Guide are also available.


Questions? Visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival website!