Best Hotels Near 2017 Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival & Tidal Basin

cherry blossom festival washington dcThe Cherry Blossom season in DC usually spans the last week of March through the second week of the April. Predicting the dates for the 2017 Cherry Blossom Festival peak bloom can be tricky, and it varies year by year with the weather. There are three ways to get to the Tidal Basin and car is not one of them. While its doable, parking can be a nightmare on evenings when the blossoms are peaking. That leaves three options; by foot, bike, or Metro. If commuting into the Tidal Basin via the metro or by bike is a possibility, then your options open up. Below are some of the best hotels based on three different methods to get to the Tidal Basin and see the cherry blossoms.

Best Hotel for Walking to the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

If walking from your hotel to the Tidal Basin is a priority then the best bet for a hotel is the Holiday Inn. The hotel sits right off the National Mall about 7 blocks from the Tidal Basin. There aren’t too many hotels that are close to the Jefferson Memorial. Most hotels in DC sit on the other side of the National Mall. The Holiday Inn also isn’t the best hotel for walking to restaurants, and shops. Learn more about the Holiday Inn here.

Best Hotel for Getting to the Cherry Blossoms by Bike

bike_trailDC offers some outstanding bike trails, and the trails span deep into many different areas of Virgina and Maryland. Having a bike offers up opportunities to see other areas of the National Mall that have cherry blossoms such as Hains Point. Depending on how serious of a biker you are there are several areas to chose from that can be access by bike. Here some ideas:

  • Bethesda – Captial Cresent Trail – 20 Miles Round Trip
  • Ballston / Rosslyn (Arlington) – Custis Trail to Mt. Vernon Trail – 5-10 Miles Round Trip
  • Crystal City / Alexandria – Mt. Vernon Trail – 5-10 Miles Round Trip

Using the Metro to Get to Cherry Blossoms

map_of_hotels_near_washington_dc_metroUsing the DC Metro system to get to the Tidal Basin and all cherry blossom activities offers up the most flexibility in terms of budget. Finding a metro station off one of the major highways is helpful for those who don’t like driving in the city. The Tidal Basin is closest to the Smithsonian station. This website and map will help visitors to DC find the best hotel near the metro.