Choose from Four Options
6:15 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
- $75 for Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise photography tour for two ($148 value)
- $145 for Cherry Blossoms at Sunrise photography tour for four ($296 value)
3 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
- $69 for Afternoon Cherry Blossoms photography tour for two ($138 value)
- $135 for Afternoon Cherry Blossoms photography tour for four ($276 value)
Led by Washington Photo Safari's mascot—Photo Panda—the tour heads to DC's tidal basin for picturesque shots of the cherry trees. Washington Photo Safari is an official and exclusive photo-excursion activity of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. See the schedule.
Washington Photo Safari
French-trained photographer E. David Luria loves many subjects, but he directs most of his attention toward Washington, DC's historic architecture. His images, which lovingly depict the city's landmarks, have been published in Time magazine as well as several local Washington papers. Luria teaches tricks of his trade privately for the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, but also through Washington Photo Safari's tours.
Luria, along with a team of 11 other instructors—many experienced independent photographers and photojournalists—shepherd small groups through the capital's streets, gardens, and halls while teaching them photographic techniques. These include how to use selective focus, control F-stops and shutter speeds, and remove vampires from pictures taken at night. They then help participants practice these skills on expeditions through buildings such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington National Cathedral, and the National Building Museum. More seasonal tours let guests document the short-lived cherry blossom season, challenging them to capture striking tableaus of the pink petals from land or water. They also teach composition among the verdant garden landscapes and elegant buildings at Hillwood Gardens and the US Botanic Garden to foster tourists’ appreciation for nature and their ability to heckle squirrels.