Washington DC: Cherry Blossom

On average, DC’s cherry blossoms bloom around the last week of March into the first week of April. But it varies year to year based on weather conditions, so it can also be a little before or after that period.

On March 1, the National Park Service predicted that peak bloom will occur around March 22-25.

On February 28, the Washington Post‘s Capital Weather Gang predicted that peak bloom will fall around March 24, or in a window of March 22 to 26.

These predictions can change as we get closer and see how the temperatures play out in the lead-up to the bloom.

When Do Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms Bloom?

Warmer temperatures in the late winter into early spring bring the blossoms out earlier. Cooler temperatures push them later. The flowers generally last a week or two–but again, just how long they stay around depends on the weather.

In recent decades, the bloom has been trending earlier. (Of course, there are always exceptions.)

Lake Bemidji State Park, MN – A Great Place For An Autumn Adventure

There are many great ways to see Minnesota’s fall leaves. For example, the adventurous may enjoy a road trip to the North Shore or a riverboat ride along the St. Croix River. Those with an even bigger quest for adventure will likely enjoy ziplining above the leaves! But for those of us who want a more laid-back journey to see autumn color, any of Minnesota’s 67 state parks will do perfectly. Each one is full of a wide variety of trees, making them perfect destinations for Minnesota leaf seekers. One of our favorite spots is Lake Bemidji State Park, a great place for an autumn adventure.


Fall is a great time to do road travelling with your family and visit some of the festivals taking place in small townships. During this period, schools in these areas are busy with crafts and festivals, decorating, cutting, gluing and pasting posters getting ready to perform musical shows captured during different generations, bringing back memories of famous tunes.

These festivals are full of merchants, selling craftworks and goodies such as caramel apples, cradle popcorn, bake goods and warm clothing for the season. Knitted and crocheted wares made from a combination of different colors with similar textures or bright colors are appropriate for the season.

I and my family have gotten use to visiting some of the local townships located in the South and Southwest of Minnesota – Twin cities heading towards Iowa and South Dakota. During vacations like these, its usually nice to book in advance nearby hotels, mini hotels, eco-lodges or motels depending on your budget and distance from the sites of interest. If you folks plan to enjoy the night life entertainment, you may be looking at locations further form points of interests. It all depends on how you want to joggle your vacation.

Holiday Inn Express, SD

Holiday Inn Express, SD

If you are a family with younger children, you may want to settle in a nearby location close to your point of interest. Before booking your trip, check out the amenities. Swimming pool is always a plus and your family will enjoy the night hours when you folks are off from visiting these locations of interests and season festivities.

Check out state guides for season festivities and also the national park and recreation guides. Pine city, SD, and other nearby state parks may have special activities going on during your vacation.

Northern Flicker

Northern flickers are commonly found in the Southern part of the U.S. but lately, due to warm temperatures experienced around Canada, they are getting to be very popular all over the U.S. and especially in the Midwest. Because of the warmer temperatures, these species of birds are present throughout the seasons. They travel distances to the South when it starts getting cold to avoid the winter snowy weather.

Northern flickers turn to have their off springs twice a year and the number of off springs ranges from 4 to 6 at a time. They feed on wood chips, barks of wood, nuts and dried bread crumbs.


Their nests are made of dried sticks, petals and sods with feathers and cotton to add a layer of cushion to protect their off springs as well as keeping them comfortable and save when its cold or rainy. They are early risers and I can hear them chipping, chipping, chipping on wood barks making  wreaky, wreaky, wreaky sounds attracting other birds to their location such as bluebirds, cardinals and yellow birds from the back of my bathroom window. They are drawn and attracted to areas where River birch trees are common and you can see them from a distance flying and landing, creating beautiful colorful sceneries.