Spring is the season for blossoms, and these iconic flowers are a big draw for visitors around the country. While peak bloom times vary based on climate and weather conditions, they typically arrive in mid-March or early April.
Known as sakura in Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize the fleeting nature of life and are a symbol of springtime, when the earth wakes up from its winter sleep. Whether you’re in search of a breathtaking view or a romantic picnic, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy cherry blossoms by the park this spring.
In New York City, you can see a variety of cherry blossom trees throughout the city. The most famous of these trees are the Yoshino (white/light pink) and Kwanzan (fluffy pink) cherry trees. You can also find Okame (tiny pink) cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin and along the banks of the Hudson River near Liberty Island.
Blossoms in New Haven
The historic downtown square in New Haven is home to 72 cherry trees that are a sight to behold when they bloom each spring. Often considered one of the best-kept secrets in the city, it’s easy to find a spot to soak up some beauty under these trees and a stroll through the neighborhood’s historical buildings.
You can even view the trees beneath Berkeley College North Court, which is a great place to soak up a few sunshiny moments surrounded by some of the most beautiful blossoms you’ll ever see. And if you want to really take it up a notch, you can book a picnic in one of the pre-selected beds on campus that are blanketed in flowers from April through June.
Across the United States, you can find blossoms by the park in just about every city and town. These delicate springtime beauties are a symbol of renewal and hope, so be sure to grab some friends and head out to find a beautiful spot for yourself!
Spanning 36 acres along the Willamette River, this waterfront park in downtown Portland is home to 100 Akebono cherry blossom trees that erupt into stunning bloom each spring. These rare flowers are a must-see when visiting the city, and the perfect backdrop for taking in the views of the river.
You’ll likely be able to spot some sakura cherry trees in the city’s main parks and on the beaches, but the most popular place to see them is at the Washington Park Arboretum. During their peak bloom, these trees can be found along the park’s trails and by the river.
Picacho Peak State Park
Located an hour and a half south of Lost Dutchman, this Sonoran Desert park is a sight to behold during the springtime bloom. The park is covered with a wide range of wildflowers, including lupine, brittle bush and poppies.
The park’s springtime bloom is particularly impressive, as the park is dotted with wildflowers that aren’t commonly seen in the area. Check with the park ahead of your visit to make sure you’ll have a chance to experience some of these beautiful and colorful blooms during your trip!