SPRING FEVER

WHERE TO SEE THE CHERRY BLOS­SOMS THIS SPRING

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If you are al­ready ex­cited about see­ing the cherry blos­soms this spring, there’s no time to wait. Head­ing to Korea from late March to early April is likely the best time to travel as a num­ber of cherry blos­som fes­ti­vals take place around that time each year, and blooms are usu­ally at their peak. For those head­ing to Seoul, the best time is in the be­gin­ning of April. The Yeouido Spring Flower Fes­ti­val takes place on Yeouiseo-ro Road each year when the aza­leas, for­sythia, royal aza­leas and other spring flow­ers are in full bloom. If vis­i­tors to Ja­pan are look­ing for­ward to cherry blos­soms, of­fi­cial fore­casts will be­gin in mid to late Jan­uary. The tim­ing is much the same as in South Korea: Trav­el­ers should sched­ule a visit in late March to early April to catch the best of the sea­son. There are also op­por­tu­ni­ties to see sakura closer to home. Wash­ing­ton, D.C., is fa­mous for its cherry blos­som bloom. Like other des­ti­na­tions, trav­el­ers im­prove their chances if they visit at the tail end of March or the first few days of April, says Cher­ryBlos­somWatch.com. The site notes that warmer win­ter tem­per­a­tures bring an ear­lier bloom. Colder over­all temps mean the bloom will be later.

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