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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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  • As one can imagine, you're treated to incredible views when strolling down the tidal basin. You're also smack dab in the heart of the museums, as you have the Lincoln, Jefferson, MLK, and George Mason...  more »
  • Beautiful way to see the Jefferson Memorial and take a nice walk along the Tidal Basin. This is always open, not just during the spring cherry blossom time.  more »
  • I walked from MLK Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial and there were parts of the basin that overflowed and trash and debris and unpleasant smells followed. The end with the paddle boats was clear and ...  more »