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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  • Around this Bay is thus: Jefferson, Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr. monument. Moreover, many more nearby. A wonderful promenade.
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  • Great place to enjoy sunsets. Walk along the water is so beautiful. Got some perfect views of Tidal Basin and Bridge. Several benches also available to sit. Parking is free after 8 pm any day. Very close to National Mall. Watch out for bikers and runners.
  • A tranquil and picturesque spot in the capital of the United States of America. I have a lot of beautiful memories coming here with my family when Dad was assigned as a junior officer in the Philippine Embassy to Washington DC from 1967 to 1973. Thank you Mom and Dad for the wonderful life you gave us...

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