Get those cameras ready 📸 - the flower blooms are coming!
Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the Washington, DC region between March and April to capture the beautiful Cherry Blossoms blooming along the Tidal Basin with the scenic backdrop of the National Monuments. The magnificent display of colorful trees signals that Spring has finally arrived...it is also one of the busiest times in D.C.
If you're looking to stay just a short drive from DC, the perfect choice is Prince William, Virginia. Home to historic sites & battlefields, Marine Corps Base Quantico, over 36 square miles of parks and greenspace, as well as Instagram-worthy Flower Festivals.
Pick fresh Tulips from the millions of bulbs planted during The Festival of Spring or enjoy the largest collection of Virginia Bluebells in the area at The Bluebell Festival.
Hurry up, reserve your affordable hotel and celebrate SPRING in Northern Virginia, USA!
1) Experience DC's Cherry Blossoms
National Cherry Blossom Festival
March 20 - April 12, 2020
(Peak Bloom: March 27 - 30, 2020)
The Capital Tidal Basin
Washington. D.C. 20003
(Pictured: The Tidal Basin in Washington DC)
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual festival that celebrates the gift of the cherry blossom trees and their symbol of enduring friendship between the citizens of Japan and the United States.
Schedule of popular events:
Pink Tie Party: March 20
Opening Weekend: March 21
Opening Ceremony: March 21
Blossom Kite Festival: March 28
Parade: April 4
Petalpalooza: April 11
**Additional details regarding the Festival's activities and tour schedules can be found on the event website. **
When staying in Prince William, VA, you can easily access the Cherry Blossom Festival via:
Virginia Railway Express (VRE) - take either the Manassas Line or the Fredericksburg Line to Union Station in Washington, DC.
* Parking Tip: Use a parking app like Parking Panda to reserve your parking space in DC
SAVE WITH AFFORDABLE DC AREA HOTELS!
2) Pick your own tulips and daffodils
The Festival of Spring
Mid-April 2020 (exact dates are weather dependent)
(Peak Bloom - TBD)
11008 Kettle Run Road
Nokesville, VA 20181
(Pictured: Burnside Farms)
Burnside Farms, located in Nokesville, VA plants more than a million tulips and daffodils for one of the most spectacular pick-your-own flowers event in North America. The Festival of Spring typically begins mid-April. Exact timing is challenging to predict due to spring weather patterns. Please check Burnside Farm's Facebook page prior to visiting to verify field status and admission times.
Festival of Spring
Burnside Farms is a family-friendly farm with plenty of shaded areas and picnic tables. So, stop by one of the many restaurants at Virginia Gateway, get your food to go, and enjoy it while marveling at thousands of tulips and daffodils.
3) Enjoy Virginia Bluebells
The Bluebell Festival
April 11, 2020 Cancelled
Check back in the future for details on the 2021 Bluebell Festival.
15020 Deepwood Lane
Nokesville, VA 20181
Celebrate nature with a visit to one of the largest patches of Virginia Bluebells in the area. Merrimac Farm is a protected farm located on 302 acres in Nokesville, VA. The Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm will be held on April 11, 2020. Some of the best naturalists in Northern Virginia will be leading tours and activities throughout the day. This event is family-friendly and free.
2020 Tour Schedule - Details Coming Soon!
Additional details regarding the Festival's activities and tour schedules can be found on the event website.