When the cherry blossoms arrive in the region, so do the visitors. You can’t blame them; the blossoms are beautiful, and the gorgeous blooms are too striking not to capture. Still, these massive crowds can hinder the experience — especially when you’re looking for a peaceful moment under the petals. Luckily, the most popular spots for this springtime activity are not the only options.

Prince George’s is also home to some of these gorgeous trees, and you can view them in a more serene and tranquil environment.

Landscapers at National Harbor have planted around 200 Okame cherry trees in the space, including the area along the Harbor Trail and the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. You can walk the nearly two-mile trail for views of Old Town Alexandria, the National Harbor Marina, and the Potomac River, all while taking in the blooms. Plus, in addition to the bright pinks of the blossoms, you can also get a look at hundreds of spring flowers inside the resort’s massive atrium. While there, be sure to ride the Capital Wheel while it’s illuminated in bright pink lights.

During the festival, National Harbor will host events to honor the cherry blossoms as well. On Sunday, March 24, the Sakura Sunday festival will feature free cultural activities, including Japanese-inspired art, music, dance, and food. See a traditional performing arts performance from Okinawa, a showcase of the taiko ensemble of the Ekoji Buddhist Temple, and an Okinawan Taiko drumming performance. Get a bubble tea from Panda Tea House, a bowl of ramen from Menya Jiro, or a plate of fried rice from Yummy Food Corner & Grill. Once you’ve had your fill, you can shop for origami originals, anime keepsakes, handcrafted chopsticks, and more.

Restaurants in the Harbor are also getting in on the fun. Many have added cherry-inspired specials to their menus, including the braised short rib with sherried cherry sauce at Voltaggio Brothers Steak House.

If you head away from National Harbor, you can dig deeper into Japanese culture by watching the National Japan Bowl, America’s premier Japanese-language competition. Every spring, the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. hosts hundreds of high school students to compete. This year, the event will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of cherry blossom activities, you can try out more outdoor adventures in Prince George’s.