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Tidal Basin, Washington DC

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Relax by the water and see some of America's proudest monuments at Tidal Basin. This man-made inlet was created in the 19th century as a means to control the high tides of the Potomac River. Today, along the banks you can visit some of Washington D.C.’s famous memorials honoring historic figures, including Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The scenic basin, with approximately 3,750 cherry trees in its vicinity, is also noted as the venue for the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the start of spring each year. If you'd like to do your sightseeing from the water, you can rent a paddle boat. The basin is also a great spot to take an aimless stroll or have a picnic. From the area, you have easy access to the National Mall and its many sites. Work out when and for how long to visit Tidal Basin and other Washington DC attractions using our handy Washington DC trip itinerary builder.
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  • Very pretty, nice place to walk around near the monuments. Pretty accessible although some trees can block the main walkway.  more »
  • This place was very nice and great photo spot. It is close to the national mall. Worth visiting when in DC.  more »
  • We love going to the Tidal Basin and walking along the path that surrounds it, whether it's in cherry blossom time or another season. We usually climb the steps to the Jefferson Memorial and read the ...  more »