Tidal Basin, Washington DC

4.7
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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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. To visit Tidal Basin and other attractions in Washington DC, use our Washington DC trip maker website.
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  • A beautiful & serene place to spend some time during your visit. Maybe pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic here. There are plenty of benches and trees around the basin and Akins the national mall. Last...  more »
  • Whats the tidal basin is famous for? Certainly not for gazing the tides come and go! Its for enjoying the cherry blossom in early spring and marvel the wonders of nature. Such a wonderful gift from...  more »
  • The Tidal Basin is partially man made reservoir between the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. It is picturesque with cherry blossom trees.  more »
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  • I like this place to walk around and do the boat pedal. I went with my best friend and we both enjoyed it! Prices for boat pedaling was not expensive at all.
  • Beautiful place place to visit and heaven for the lonely people. There is so much peace and calm. You can relax here after the all day long routines. came here for a couple of times not much but find it very heavenly.
  • It was awesome. went there during the national cherry Blossom festival and it was a nice place to walk. Ended up walking around the entire tidal basin
  • I love cherry blossoms. It was such a nice place for relaxing and walk.
  • A place where in April 1st week cherry blossom festival organizes. Rest of the year its a wonderful place who is seeking for solitude. Also bike on rent facility available to locomote in surrounding area.

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