There's nothing more quintisentially springtime in DC than the Cherry Blossoms. The blossoms make for a great surprise proposal spot, or an excellent location for your DC cherry blossom engagement photos.

What's the best time of day for Cherry Blossom photos?

As much as I hate to say it, the best time of day for Cherry Blossom photos is at sunrise (around 6:45am). There will be the least amount of people there, the light is great, and there's usually nearby parking. This is the only time of day where there's the possibility of not having anyone else in the background of your photos. Unfortunately, there are hordes of people if you go at any other time of day.

Where's the best spot for Cherry Blossom photos?

My favorite spot for Cherry Blossom photos is at / near the Martin Luther King Jr and Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorials. There are blossoms everywhere and the monuments provide interesting compositional opportunies as well!

How long will the Cherry Blossoms be in bloom?

The blooms look great for about two weeks, but peak bloom usually lasts a week (generally the last week of March).

Where should I park for Cherry Blossom photos?

Jefferson Memorial Parking Lots A and B

These two lots are relatively small and fill up fast, but they're super convenient if you're trying to get to the Jefferson Memorial.

Ohio Drive

You can park anywhere along the length of Ohio Drive in West Potomac Park. Note that Ohio Drive might be one way only during the Cherry Blossom Festival. In that case, you'll have to put the Jefferson Memorial in your GPS and swing around onto Ohio Drive that way.

Check out this article for more ideas on where to propose in Washington DC.

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