Spring in Washington, D.C. is one of the most beautiful times to visit the nation's capital; it is also the busiest. The warmer weather and blooming of plants makes Capitol Hill picturesque and inviting. One of the most popular attractions in the city are the beautiful cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin, but did you know you can also see more than 100 cherry trees on the U.S. Capitol Grounds?
The Senate Parks (bordered by Constitution Avenue, Louisiana Avenue, Delaware Avenue and Union Statue) has the largest concentration of these trees, but the oldest trees are located on the West Front of the Capitol Building.
As the weather gets warm there are many other great sites to see in addition to the blooming blossoms, here are five great places to enjoy spring on Capitol Grounds.
- Senate Park and Reflecting Pool*
In addition to the more than 105 cherry trees located here take time to enjoy the view of the Capitol from the Senate Fountain.
- Bartholdi Fountain
This stunning fountain, located in Bartholdi Park, just across Independence Ave. from the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, is named for its sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (later famous for the Statue of Liberty), it was purchased by Congress in 1877 at the recommendation of Frederick Law Olmsted.
A hidden gem located on the Senate-side of the West Front of the Capitol, this unique feature was designed by renowned landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted as a respite for visitors and Members of Congress.
- The National Garden
Located next to the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, this garden features a butterfly garden, a First Ladies Water Garden, Regional Garden and a rose garden.
- Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building
The grounds of this beautiful building include the magnificent Neptune Fountain along with a plaza that has picnic tables along with a great view of the Capitol Building.
*Editor's Note: a large portion of Senate Park will remain inaccessible throughout a restoration project in 2018 through 2020.