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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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  • With an amazing weather, this is a great place to take a walk and check out the scenery almost any time of the year. In fact, if you are good with cold weather, it's definitely quite a view during sno...  more »
  • We took a walk just after the cherry blossoms had finished, luckily there was still a pink tree or two but it was a beautiful walk. We stopped at all the memorials along the way and it must have taken...  more »
  • Seeing the Cherry Blossoms in the Tidal Basin is the best DC experience there is. April is the main tourist time in DC so you'll have to make reservations early and maybe not in DC proper and use the ...  more »