11 Places to See Cherry Blossoms in the United States

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11 Places to See Cherry Blossoms in the United States
It’s difficult to anticipate exactly when cherry blossoms will make their annual appearance in the United States—and when they do, they don’t stick around for long. But historically, that’s part of their allure. In Japan, where the world’s infatuation with these ephemeral blooms originates, the cherry blossom (called sakura in Japanese) symbolizes the fleeting nature of life (and beauty)—one moment it’s there, present and full of color; the next moment, it’s not. So it’s a little morose, but the Japanese counteract the notion of imminent decay with hanami, a long-standing tradition of gathering beneath the blossoms with food, music, and friends to celebrate rather than mourn. If a flight to Nagano is out of reach this spring, there are several places throughout the States that offer equally beautiful views of these flowers. But keep in mind that a visit to the blossoms is about more than that perfect Instagram backdrop; be sure to grab some pals and soak in the moment under the sakura.
By Alina Polishuk, AFAR Contributor