We did the walking for you to find the best of The Mall in Washington, D.C. Here are our most treasured museums, attractions, memorials, restaurants, and things to do in America's Backyard.
Only the trees themselves know when the seasonal blooms begin. The peak varies every year, starting as early as mid-March (1990) and as late as mid-April (1958). Hedge your bets and plan for around the first of April. It's also the time for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival (March 28-April 12). For dates and times for National Park Service ranger-led tours addressing the historical and cultural influences of these trees in D.C., call (202) 426-6841.