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. To visit Tidal Basin and other attractions in Washington DC, use our Washington DC trip maker website .
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  • Unfortunately I could see in the best moment, during the cherry blossoms which colour the whole riava is still very nice and enriched by various monuments and memorial located in the area or are seen in the distance. It's well worth a stroll all around even if not complete. During the summer you can also rent pedal boats for a ride on the water.
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  • The Tidal Basin is a great place to walk and visit attractions such as the Jefferson Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, among others. Enjoy a beautiful day and get ready for a lovely walk.
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  • The Tidal Basin’s are great and safe walking areas in our Nation’s Capital, though the time of year you visit matters. The best time is the spring, March and April. The summer can be very hot and oppr...  more »

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