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Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
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Ranked #34 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Description: Springtime in Washington means the explosion of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Nothing special about a backwater lake other than the dying fish and a few ducks. The only reason to review this is because it's part of the national mall and the Jefferson memorial is nice and beside it.

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Woodstock, Georgia
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

There is no more beautiful sight than stooling around the Tidal Basin when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom. It make you proud that we have such a wonderful nations capital for all Americans to be able to visit.

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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227 reviews 227 reviews
90 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My husband and I were in DC recently and as we strolled along the Tidal Basin as we were headed to the Jefferson Memorial there were a lot of the cherry trees were hanging over the walkways and in need of trimming. I am sure it is beautiful in the spring when all of the cherry trees are in bloom!... More

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Westerville, OH
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70 reviews 70 reviews
36 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was a beautiful little scenic area to walk. We watched the ducks swimming across the water towards the Jefferson Memorial, and it was very serene when we were there, which was about 9:00 a.m. We enjoyed the visit very much.

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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I'm sure it's beautiful in the spring when the cherry trees blossom, but right now it's muddy along much of the path around the lake, and smelly. The geese seemed happy with it.

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Waterford, Connecticut
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We walked from the Smithsonian Metro stop to the Tidal Basin to see the 3 monuments. We did not quite realize what a long walk it is especially in the 90 degree heat. Our efforts were rewarded by the impact of the FDR memorial. It is like a walk-through diorama history of his presidency. It is beautiful. The quotes inscribed... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The potential is there - gorgeous marble buildings, water, trees. But it looks like no one does anything other than occasionally mow the lawn. The trees need trimmed, the sidewalk needs repaired, the garbage needs picked up. Oh and PUT IN SOME PARKING.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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52 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was the best walk that I did with my Shiba Inu while in Washington. I didn't realize until we got back to our hotel just how long this "stroll" was - and my 9-year old girl was just taking it all in. The Tidal Basin is one of the prettiest walks you can ever do especially during cherry blossoms... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

First stop on this long-time resident's favorite things to do in Washington - a Sunday sunset stroll around the cherry tree-lined Tidal Basin. In a circular circuit, you'll pass the Jefferson Memorial (take a selfie on the steps or go inside for a quick visit). Continue walking along one of several paved pathways until you reach the Roosevelt memorial. There's... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We walked around the whole entire tidal basin on our visit in Sept/Oct. 2013. It is quite a long walk but it is very beautiful and peaceful!

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