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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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  • We came on a Saturday. It was a beautiful day with a perfect temperature and a beautiful blue sky. We took the DC Circulator and got dropped off the Jefferson Memorial. We walked to the FDR Memorial t...  more »
  • The Tidal Basin is a man made body of water & part of West Patomac Park in Washington DC. It is the setting of some spectacular monuments such as: Jefferson Memorial, (located on the south bank & in m...  more »
  • I spent a few months in DC and while there I've walked the Tidal Basin a few times. It is such a pretty walk to stroll around and look at all the monuments surrounding the area. Take plenty of water i...  more »