801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Walter E. Washington Convention Center (map)
Cherry Blossom Festival LogoSpringtime in Washington can only mean one thing:  Cherry Blossoms.  Come and celebrate spring and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.  The trees were a gift from Tokyo in 1912 and this year will mark the 100 year anniversary of this gift with a multitude of events.  The festivities will kick off with the Opening Ceremony on March 25, 4 pm to 6:30 pm, at the Walter E. Washington Convention CenterThe Opening Ceremony is a free and public event but tickets will be required for entry. Tickets will be available through the website beginning February 1, 2012 and will be fulfilled on a first-asked, first-served basis via an on-line reservation system available from the official website.  For more information on the festival and to request tickets, please visit Cherry Blossoms.


Visit our interactive map to view the options that are available for getting to this event.



The Metrorail and Metrobus are both excellent ways to get around the District and the entire DC area. The nearest metrorail stop is Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center on the Green and Yellow Lines. Also nearby is Gallery Place on the Red, GreCherry Blossomsen and Yellow Lines.

Buses running nearby are:  70, 71, 80, G8, P1, P2, P6, and X2.

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At just $1 a trip, it’s hard to beat this easy way to get around town. The closest stop is 9th & New York Avenue, NW and 7th & Massachusetts Avenue NW on the Georgetown-Union Station Line. Visit for information on schedules and routes.



With over 1,225 bikes at over 155+ stations in the District and Arlington County (by the end of 2011), this on-demand mode of transportation is sure to get you on your way. And at just $7 for a 24-hour membership, it won’t break the bank either.  There are two bike stations nearby:  Convention Center/7th & M Street NW and 5th &  K Street NW. For more information on annual or monthly memberships, or to check out the station locations, please visit