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
We took an early morning walk around the tidal basin. Its a different view with the quietness and less crowds. Everything is silent and still. The water levels seem higher as we walked around. The che... more »
Came here at the end of March during cherry blossom time. It was absolutely beautiful and I loved walking along the path but it was choked full of tourists. I went on a weekday evening (suppertime) in... more »
Amazing view. Worth a visit every year if you are into cherry blossom. They have at least 13 varieties of cherry blossom. Pick a day when weather is good and weekday. You can beat the crowd like that.
Just a short walk from the wharf, this is the place to be when the cherry blossoms bloom. Take a relaxing walk around the basin and you’re just steps away from the national mall. Great place to visit during warmer months.
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