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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Tidal Basin reviews
Everyone should visit this spot. But be prepared to walk to and from. Spend as much time as you can, it's very peaceful and contemplative if you have the time. Walk around the whole thing if you...
Everyone should visit this spot. But be prepared to walk to and from. Spend as much time as you can, it's very peaceful and contemplative if you have the time. Walk around the whole thing if you... more »
Absolutely beautiful to visit when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. The view is simply stunning. No photograph can do it justice, you just need to go and see it in person!
Absolutely beautiful to visit when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. The view is simply stunning. No photograph can do it justice, you just need to go and see it in person! more »
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.
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