It’s March 2023, and the Cherry Blossoms will soon be in full bloom in Washington, DC. Thousands of people will descend upon the Tidal Basin on the National Mall to enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival. It’s pretty easy for the fit and healthy. You drive in and park a mile away and walk. Or, you get on the Metro and get off and walk. But, how can those people with mobility problems have an opportunity to visit the cherry blossoms in Washington DC?
How can the disabled see the cherry blossoms in Washington DC?
It’s actually really simple. The easiest way to visit the Tidal Basin, the cherry trees, and all the national memorials and monuments is to take a private tour by pedicab.
Nonpartisan Pedicab will:
- Pick you up from any downtown location to start your tour
- Get much closer to the monuments than you will be able to by car or bus
- Stop at all the monuments and memorials and allow you to get off to go inside or just to enjoy the view from the pedicab
- You can see many of the monuments without getting off the pedicab
- Stop at any location for photos
- We will be happy to help push your wheelchair if necessary
- Give you an interesting historical and architectural tour narrative from a knowledgeable and friendly tour guide
- Drop you off again at any downtown location of your choice
Are your private tours handicap accessible?
In most cases, the answer is yes. We can accept one folding travel wheelchair on board the pedicab with you. And, we will take care of loading on board and unloading it whenever you want to use it during the tour. Of course, we also accept walkers and canes. What we cannot take on board are the electric mobility scooters. We certainly would if we could, but unfortunately, there is not any available room for them.
Is it easy to reserve a private tour during cherry blossom season?
Yes. Call or text us at 7032319882 or else click onto our Reservations page to send in a tour request. We handle all calls, messages and emails personally and quickly. Remember, this is a private tour, so you can customize it to whatever time and locations you like. Don’t hesitate to call and ask us for more information. Also, check out our main Cherry Blossom Tour description.
Is it easy for disabled people to visit the memorials?
In general, yes, it is easy for you to visit most of the memorials. Those memorials which have steps, like the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial, also have an elevator to take you into the inner chamber. Other memorials have no steps at all like the FDR Memorial, the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and the MLK Memorial. At each of these memorials, we can stop and help you in and out of the pedicab if you choose to go inside for a closer look.
What will I see on a Washington DC Cherry Blossom Tour?
There are thousands of Cherry Trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. If you are in Washington DC when they come into full bloom, it is truly a delight. Around the Tidal Basin are several major memorials, including the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the MLK Memorial. Nearby, are the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and the White House. Slightly further afield is the US Capitol. We can stop at all these locations and many others for photos. Here is a longer post on our Washington DC Cherry Blossom Tour.
When will the Cherry Trees go into full bloom?
This changes every year depending on how cold and wet the winter has been. The blossoms come into full bloom anytime between March 20 and April 10 each year, with the average being about April 4. In 2023, January and February have both been seasonably warm, so the current predictions are an early full bloom. But, that is always subject to change if there is a spell of cold weather. The trees will be partially in bloom for a week beforehand, and then will stay in full bloom for about a week or 10 days. A final week will have still have plenty of blossoms on the trees. And, if you come too late, the National Park Service maintains several stands of late-blooming Kwanzaan cherry trees just off the Tidal Basin, so you will still get a chance to see some trees in bloom even two or even three weeks after the main bloom. Full bloom is notoriously hard to predict more than a week or two out. The National Park Service Bloom Watch gives their predictions each year. They are usually wrong, so take any predictions with a grain of salt. The National Cherry Blossom Festival Bloom Watch is another good source if you want to choose the wrong date to arrive for full bloom.
Nonpartisan Pedicab is the top tour option for private Washington DC tours for disabled and handicapped visitors. We have hundreds of five star reviews, and many of our guests with mobility issues tell us that our tour was the highlight of their visit to Washington DC.
What are handicapped and disabled people saying about Nonpartisan Pedicab:
COULDN’T HAVE HAD A BETTER EXPERIENCE SEEING D.C.!!!
I am a full-time wheelchair user, so accessibility was a priority! I was unable to find exactly what I wanted for my husband and I to really experience D.C. in a do-able way! UNTIL my search “landed” on Nonpartisan Pedicab! . . . My chair folded and stored easily and off we went! Oh my goodness, there aren’t enough words to express what a terrific 3 1/2 hours we had as Alex pedaled and talked (didn’t even breathe heavy up and down, in and around the hills and streets)! We saw all the monuments, the memorials and the offices/museums that comprise the National Mall and a bit beyond! If we wanted to get out and see things closer, Alex unloaded my chair, waited for us and we resumed the tour!
Donna W, Kansas City, TripAdvisor review 10/6/17
Robert met my 100 year old mother & me at Union Station, strapped on her wheelchair & took us on a fabulous tour of the mall. He has pictures of how things looked in Washington DC years ago before the Memorials were built. His knowledge of the history of D.C. is vast! All this and he’s so enthusiastic & helpful! This is a must-do tour for anyone and for someone who is disabled, it’s the only way to go.
Kathleen, Missouri TripAdvisor review 6/9/17
What a way to see our Nation’s Capitol!!
I am disabled, and use a wheelchair to get around for any distance. I had researched how to sightsee in DC for the disabled, and somewhere Nonpartisan pedicab popped up. I had not even thought of this as an option until I looked at his website and read the reviews posted there. After then looking at several other options, I returned and sent Robert (owner) an email. He called me right away and assured me he would be able to meet our needs. How right he was! He picked us up at the historic Wilard Hotel and spent the next six hours showing us his city. He was very knowledgeable and personable and energetic. His supplemental information about all things DC gave us insight that you don’t get in the history books. We were able to go at our own pace and I forgot I was handicapped for a while. It would be safe to say, his tour was the highlight of our trip. It was perfect for our first day and gave us a lay of the land. Very worth the cost and I would recommend anyone that wants a personal and fun history lesson and tour to book with Robert. So impressed!!
Xanasher, Sacramento, California TripAdvisor review 4/18/17
. . .My husband has MS and has a hard time with walking long distances and after researching tours and finding Nonpartisian Pedicab, I knew it would be a great option for us. Robert and Alex were our guides. . . Both guides were very knowledgable and also did a great explaining the history in a way that three kids could understand. I would highly recommend them for any family with mobility issues.
Amy, Madison, Wisconsin, 9/25/16
Best tour ever!
My husband has mobility issues (won’t even do a bus) so this was the option I came up with for him to see the National Mall and I’m glad I did!
It started with being picked up at our hotel front door and just continued to go up from there.
Robert was amazing. He is a wealth of information and his visual aids were an added plus. How he rode us from one end of the mall to the other in that heat still amazes me.
I like taking lots of pictures so while I took pictures of every monument and building that you can think of ( along the Mall)my husband stayed on the pedicab and talked to Rob. Thanks Rob for making it a day we will both remember forever and catering to both our interests. Money well spent and would suggest anyone to consider this as it is a very personable and personalized way of seeing The Nation Mall.
Jan M, London, Canada, 8/15/16
BEST TOUR IN DC!!! . . .WORTH EVERY PENNY!
There were 3 of us ladies including my Mom who was using a walker. We were concerned about the walking she would have to do from tour bus stops to get up to the monuments. So, based on yelp reviews, we decided to splurge on a pedicab. BEST decision of our trip. . . . He popped Mom’s walker up on the pedicab and off we went. He took it off and on at every stop! . . . Not only did he save us SOOO much walking by getting right up to the entrance of each stop, he told us so much more than the big tours. . . . So much extra information! . . . Can not recommend this highly enough! Robert, the Mom, daughter and daughter in law from Texas say EXCELLENT JOB!
Ann S, Frisco, TX, Yelp Review 6/11/2017