When the cherry blossoms arrive, so do the people. You can’t blame them; the blossoms are beautiful, and the moment is too striking not to capture. Still, these massive crowds can hinder the experience. Luckily, the most popular spots for this springtime activity are not the only options.


Prince George’s is home to some of these gorgeous trees as well, and you can view them in a calmer environment.


Landscapers at National Harbor have planted around 200 cherry trees, that include the area  along the Harbor Trail and the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Plus, when you take in views of the cherry 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.


The Harbor will host events to honor the cherry blossoms as well. On March 25 and 26, Origami expert Michiko Okuma is running a workshop to learn how to construct cherry blossoms from the delicate paper. On Sunday, April 2, the Sakura Sunday festival will feature free cultural activities, including Japanese-inspired art, music, dance, and food. You can join a Japanese Tea Ceremony, shop for Japanese crafts at the market, and indulge in Japanese treats. Additionally, Muse Paintbar will be offering cherry blossom-themed classes through March and April.


If you head away from the National Harbor, you 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 DC hosts 200 high school students to compete. This year, the event will be at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.


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