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Address: Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
Phone Number: 202-484-0206
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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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Cherry Blossom Madness

Went during cherry blossom season, when the festival was going on. CRAZY busy. Our trip wasn't intentionally timed, but the Tidal Basin and its surrounding areas were packed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Olathe, Kansas

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Olathe, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Went during cherry blossom season, when the festival was going on. CRAZY busy. Our trip wasn't intentionally timed, but the Tidal Basin and its surrounding areas were packed beyond belief. Think NY/Chicago traffic, but for pedestrians on sidewalks. Still, amazing views and one can "pull over" and enjoy.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

After visiting the various war memorials located at the Mall, I walked to the Martin Luther King Memorial. After visiting this memorial, I proceeded towards the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, then to the Jefferson Memorial, then the place where one can rent the pedal boats. Please see attached pictures. I took my time walking at the trail/path along the Tidal... More 

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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Long walk around no need to go the whole way. Stand at Roosevelt Memeorial in the evening for great pictures.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The cherry blossoms in the spring are stunning. If you can time your visit for the blossoming, its overwhelmingly beautiful. In the summer you can paddleboat over to the Jefferson Memorial and spy it from afar.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place to walking and relax! It has a incredible view of a couple of monuments and you can see the planes taking off!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Excelent for a walk in the morning, specily during the cherry blossoming season. There are many important monumentos around the basin. Don't miss any of thhem!

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Anytime you're in DC, the Tidal Basin is a beautiful place to walk and enjoy the beauty of the city. We were there most recently for the Cherry Blossom Festival - which is just an added bonus, because with all of the trees in bloom - it is just breathtaking!

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Kettering
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A moment of peace in a very busy city. I wish I had come when the blossom was out......... I can imaging how beautiful it must be. Look out for the gift from the Japanese government and read the inscription. I made me laugh!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Fantastic scenery accompanies you as you walk the perimeter of the basin between monuments. They also have pedal boats available there if you are so inclined. It's a long walk so be prepared, and you will likely share the path with those who enjoy running laps around the basin. Best enjoyed when the weather cooperates.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Enjoyed very much the stroll around the Tidal Basin. Just behind the Washington Monument. It's a couple mile stroll, but you can go at your own pace. You will see the Jefferson, the FDR and the MLK memorials. Well worth the walk.

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