You won't want to miss out on this stunning annual event.

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Close up of cherry blossoms in Washington DC
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In just a few weeks, thousands of cherry blossoms trees in Washington, D.C., will reach peak bloom, which means that 70% of the Yoshino cherry trees will showcase their beautiful blush blossoms. Unlike this past year, visitors can go and view the trees in real life, as long as they take proper precautions and wear a face mask, of course. But if you're not making a trip to the nation's capital this April, you can still see the famous cherry blossoms from your own home, thanks to BloomCam.

BloomCam is a 24/7 live stream of the Tidal Basin, a reservoir where most of the trees are, and near landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial. The camera is streaming a few different views of the trees and changes about every minute. One angle shows nearly the entire Tidal Basin lined with blooming cherry trees, while others show closer views of the trees near the Jefferson Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial.

The live stream was set up through a partnership between the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Trust for the National Mall, which helps maintain and restore the National Mall (including several monuments and memorials, plus the surrounding grounds). BloomCam was donated by EarthCam, which usually has dozens of live streams set up around the world at any given time for anyone to watch.

Cherry blossoms in Washington DC
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You can tune in to BloomCam anytime you want for free, but you also have the option to donate to the Trust for the National Mall's Cherry Tree Endowment to help maintain the trees for years to come. The lack of visitors to see the blossoms this year makes the fundraiser more important than ever. Usually, about 90 trees need to be replaced every year as they reach the end of their lifespan of 40 or 50 years, and all the trees (about 3,700 in total) need year-round maintenance to stay healthy and keep blooming.

While you're taking in the view of the blossoms in Washington, D.C., check out EarthCam's other live streams. They have cameras trained on plenty of world-wide landmarks, including Niagara Falls, the Eiffel Tower, and even the view from the International Space Station. There are plenty of U.S. locations to explore too, like beaches in Hawaii and Florida and landmarks like the St. Louis Arch and Empire State Building.

By Andrea Beck and Jennifer Aldrich

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