Every year, more than 1.5 million visitors flock to our nation’s capital hoping to catch the 3,750 cherry blossom trees surrounding the Tidal Basin and National Mall in full bloom. After a leisurely stroll through the sites, head to the Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar—a seasonal bar on 7th Street—where you can enjoy sakura-inspired cocktails under 90,000 blooming pink branches.
Where to Stay: It’s fitting that the Willard InterContinental goes all out for the cherry blossoms; the hotel hosted Japan’s first ever delegation to the U.S. in May 1860. Don’t miss the pink afternoon tea, where guests can nibble on Japanese-inspired treats like teriyaki-cured salmon tea sandwiches and matcha green tea scones underneath a canopy of cherry blossoms.
Meanwhile, the best views of the Tidal Basin and its flurry of blossoming pink is at the Mandarin Oriental District Wharf. Book the hotel’s Cherry Blossom Picnic package for a room or suite with panoramas of the colorful display and a gourmet hanami picnic among the floating petals.