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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  • With the water mostly frozen at the moment the Tidal Basin is quite fascinating to view. Seeing ducks land on the small un-iced sections is quite something. You feel tempted to walk out on the ice alt...  more »
  • You can tour by bike, walking or jogging or if you want to rent boats or water bikes. Ideal for touring in the summer
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  • In winter it's more exposed, of course, but there is so much to see around the Basin and in the Mall that there's no better place for a wander in the heart of Washington.  more »
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  • I visited this place early morning during the peak of the Cheery blossom: it simply was stunning to say the least.
  • Two UH-60 Blackhawks in a low hover so cool.
  • A tranquil and picturesque spot in the capital of the United States of America...
  • This is a must for visitors and locals alike. The cherry blossoms are stunning in the spring and with five memorials within its reach - it's a great place to explore American history.
  • It's surrounded by the Cherry blossom trees and looks beautiful when they're in bloom. You can go boating in the basin too. There are greasy are for picnics.

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