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The Top Five Places to See Cherry Blossoms...Other Than Washington DC

March 24, 2010 at 10:43 AM | by | ()

Cherry blossoms in Japan.

Spring is here, and a lovely sign of its arrival is the blooming of cherry blossoms all over the world. The most well-known stateside spot to see the pretty pale pink and white flowers is Washington, D.C., which will have its annual Cherry Blossom Festival soon—from March 27 to April 11. But you don't have to battle crowds at the capital to see clusters of pink-flowered trees.

Check out the The Top 5 Cities (Other Than D.C.) Where You See Cherry Blossoms, after the jump!

· Macon, Georgia
This Southern town calls itself the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World." It might just deserve that title, since it boasts more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees. To honor the Japanese trees, the city holds a 10-day International Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year runs through March 28.

· Seoul, South Korea
Come April, Seoul is awash in pink. Favorite cherry blossoms spots include Mount Namsan, whose streets are lined with the flowers; Children's Grand Park, where the more than 1,000 cherry blossom trees are lit up at night; and Seoul Forest, where you can see some deer with your blooms. We've spotted them ourselves at the Seoul Land theme park, where you can walk paths surrounded by them without even paying to enter the park.

We took this pic outside of Seoul Land in South Korea

· San Francisco
Held in San Fran's Japantown, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival claims to be the second-biggest fest outside of D.C. that honors the delicate flower. More than 150,000 people are expected to attend on April 10-11 and 17-18 to see the blossoms and partake in the Japanese cultural offerings like taiko drumming and kendo, which is fencing with bamboo swords.

· Matsumae, Japan
Located on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, the town is known for its 17th-century Matsumae Castle. And the park surrounding the castle's known for having more than 10,000 "sakura" trees in 250 different cherry varieties. The park also has a library, where you can learn about the trees and see cherry blossom paintings and paraphanalia.

Matsumae Castle

· Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has its own cherry tree collection. Check out it at the Cherry Esplanade and as you stroll on the Cherry Walk. And May 1-2, the BBG will hold its annual Sakura Matsuri, which celebrates the cherry blossom season.

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[Photos: MJTR (´・ω・), International Cherry Blossom Festival, Jaunted, ivan_fung]

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