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Address: Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
Phone Number: 202-484-0206
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Description: Springtime in Washington means the explosion of white-pink clouds of...
Springtime in Washington means the explosion of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
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Lovely even when cold with no cherry blossoms.

Officially it's apple blossom time in DC. It seems however that no one told mother nature. The little bit of sun during our drive was nice but cold temperatures kept us in our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Officially it's apple blossom time in DC. It seems however that no one told mother nature. The little bit of sun during our drive was nice but cold temperatures kept us in our warm car. It would be a wonderful place to walk and enjoy.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I love the Tidal Basin, especially when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Simply beautiful & peaceful. The nearest Metro stop is a bit of hike, but there is always parking if you decide to drive. Grabbing a cab is also easy. I enjoy sitting in Thomas Jefferson's shadow to eat a lunch I've brought. There are also paddle boats... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best places to walk around. I usually start my hike (?) from Holocaust museum back and then approach the Jefferson memorial. From there, goes to Roosevelt and then Martin Luther King. Also take a diversion to cover the Lincoln memorial and enroute covering another 4-5 memorials. Very inspiring trek and close to nature....Highly recommended.

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Huntington, West Virginia
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The Tidal Basin is such a peaceful spot to visit in Washington D.C., I suggest renting a paddle boat (located directly across the water from the Jefferson Memorial) and paddling to the center of the Basin to relax and enjoy the view!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Best bet is to head down for sunrise when the cherry blossoms are around. You'll get the full onslaught of spring beauty without the full onslaught of humanity.

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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is the place to be fore the Cherry Blossom festival. Beware, as it is extremely crowded during the festival. When it's just a normal visit, the tidal basin is a relaxing place for a picnic. And if you are there in the spring, be sure to look for the field of tulips.

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Orlando, Florida
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113 attraction reviews
435 helpful votes 435 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

To fully appreciate the spectacle of the annual cherry blossoms, you really must visit the Tidal Basin; and, the Jefferson Memorial. It is quite moving; and, affords a great place for quiet reflection and contemplation. Shuttles and busses make it easier to get to than walking, which is quite a distance from The Mall.

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Ketchikan, Alaska
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Yes we went on the paddle boats! A nice sunny day and it was worth it. Seeing the MLK memorial and the Jefferson Memorial from the boat and all the trees....do it to get a rest from walking through all the museums.

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Virginia
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294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

There's a lot of history to the tidal basin (which surprisingly the best place for views are in the washington monument). I recommend the exhibits there talking about how the tidal basin has change too. When I'm in DC I love to take in a jog around the basin. Hard to miss when you're in DC!

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Lewisburg
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

When I'm in Washington, I always have to visit this area. The place to visit around the Tidal Basin makes the trip there worth it. I have always been there in the fall and it so beautiful with all the trees changing colors. I would love to take the time and have a picnic there when I'm there again. Worth... More 

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