Spring is (almost, kind of) in the air…which, in Washington, D.C., means just one thing: It's Cherry Blossom season.
According to the Associated Press, the best days to see the city's iconic cherry blossoms are March 26 through March 30, which the site also notes is right in the middle of spring break for many school districts. This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 20 through April 14.
Upcoming cold weather is not expected to harm the flowers or delay the blooms. Experts have reportedly said that the buds that have already sprouted are still tightly closed, which means they won't be susceptible to cold weather.
Peak bloom is considered to fall when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. The average peak bloom date is April 4, but last year's was March 20.
Good to know: Several hotels around the city are offering special perks to celebrate the flowers and the festival. At the St. Regis, guests can get a food and beverage credit as well as free parking. At the Fairmont, guests receive a box of assorted note cards featuring scenes of the Capital's Monuments and Cherry Blossoms by local photographer Jake McGuire.
The cherry blossoms draw about one million visitors each spring. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan.