The planting of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. In Washington DC, we have approximately 10 different varieties of these beautiful trees.
Enjoy a motor yacht tour to see the beautiful cherry blossoms. Bring cameras and take pictures from the unique perspective of the Potomac River.
Departing from the Washington Marina, this cruise takes you south down the Washington Channel to the tip of East Potomac Park (Hains Point.) East Potomac Park has approximately 1,681 Cherry trees with the Yoshino Cherry being the predominant variety. We then turn and head north, go under the 14th street bridge complex and proceed towards the Kennedy Center near Georgetown. Upon reaching the Kennedy Center, we will then turn and head back to our point of departure. Along the way you will be able to see such sites as the Southwest Washington waterfront, Fort Leslie J. McNair, all the Cherry trees on both sides of East Potomac Park, Anacostia Naval Air Station, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, the Pentagon, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the Cherry trees on the riverside of the Tidal Basin, the Lincoln Memorial and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and in the distance, the National Cathedral before we head back to port.
PLEASE NOTE! Depending on which yacht we schedule the 90 minute tour or the state of the river (extraordinary high tides), we have the option of cruising up the Anacostia River instead of transiting the 14th Street Bridges.
The Fine Print
All cruises will depart from the Washington Marina, 1300 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024 promptly as scheduled. PLEASE NOTE: The Washington Marina is located along the SW Washington DC waterfront near the Wharf along the Washington Channel. We are not located in Georgetown or at National Harbor. Specific directions can be found at Capital Yacht, please arrive at least 20 minutes early to avoid missing the boat. There is limited or no parking available on site. All cruises, unless otherwise stated, will include beverages and snacks available for purchase. Stated capacities do not guarantee seating. No refunds, or cancellations, cruises run rain or shine. All ages welcome unless noted otherwise. CYC reserves the right to shoot photos and/or video during the event(s), and use all images/video for marketing purposes. Upon purchase, CYC requires registration information including name, email address, and phone number in case events are cancelled/postponed. All contact information is for internal CYC purposes only, and will not be given, sold, or traded to a third party. CYC reserves the right to substitute a different boat and/or change schedules as needed. While everything within reason will be done to mitigate such changes, customers will be notified with as much advance notice as possible.
The blooming period of the Cherry Blossoms is defined as that period when 20 percent of the blossoms are open until the petals fall and leaves appear. The blooming period starts several days before the peak bloom date and can last as long as 14 days, however, frost or high temperatures combined with wind or rain can shorten this period. We cannot guarantee the condition of the blooms for any of the dates listed.
Capital Yacht Charters
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