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Here come the cherry blossoms

UW's star attraction is back

With the UW's famous cherry trees in full bloom, thousands of people are coming to campus to witness their peak display. This means that traffic congestion on campus is significant and parking is limited. Please take Link light rail to the U District Station or park in the Central Parking Garage or on levels N20 and N21 of the Padelford Parking Garage.

Here are some more tips to get the most out of your in-person or virtual visit:

  • Visitors are welcome to come to campus to view the blossoms. While masks are not required, some individuals may opt to wear a face covering. Please be respectful of one another’s choices.
  • The Quad is open to the public and is a short walk from many bus routes and the two Link light rail stations serving campus: University of Washington Station at Husky Stadium and the recently opened U District Station. Visitors may find the main master campus map helpful.
  • Visitor parking is also available. Please be aware that parking permits are required for all visitors on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Campus visitors can ask at any gatehouse for assistance and get a map to the cherry trees, as well as information about available lots.
  • Be gentle with the trees, some of them are more than 80 years old! Do not climb the trees, pick flowers or shake their branches. The trees appreciate you admiring them without disturbing their natural environment.
  • For another way to take in the blooms, the Seattle Cherry Blossom Run takes place March 26 and 27, with events on both days.
  • Not on campus? You can watch the show on UW Video’s live webcam overlooking the Quad or take a virtual tour with photos from campus. You can also follow along on Twitter with the always colorful tweets from @uwcherryblossom.
  • The main species of cherry blossom on the UW campus is Somei-yoshino, with other varieties including Higan, Hisakura, Kwanzan, Mt. Fuji and Shirofugen. You can see the location of the trees on or near the Quad in the map below or go to this full map showing the location of cherry trees across the Seattle campus.
cherry trees map of uw campus zoomed in over quad