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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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Don't miss the pedal boats

We spent a great hour drifting around the tidal basin on a hot afternoon. We were the only people on the whole basin between 5 and 6 and it was a glorious way to end a day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We spent a great hour drifting around the tidal basin on a hot afternoon. We were the only people on the whole basin between 5 and 6 and it was a glorious way to end a day, Can't recommend it highly enough

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Los Angeles, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Take time to walk around the tidal basin. If you are not there when the blooms are in season, that is ok. It is fun to get a boat and paddle around the tidal basin. It is worth the time and memories to take in this site.

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Minneapolis, Mn
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This is worth a walk, not just to see the Jefferson, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials sited around it, but for the beautiful views. Take the time for a visit -- it'll be worth your time.

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Campinas, SP
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Even though we got to DC just after the cherry tree blooming, we still enjoyed walking by the Tidal Basil, watching the lake view and stopping at all the monuments.

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Albany, Oregon
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

*Take the Smithsonian metro stop. This is a beautiful walk to take, but be wary of joggers and overgrown tree branches as you walk the path around the water. It is also just a short walk from the National Mall. View the monuments as you walk along. I was informed, while walking, that the Tidal Basin was built in 1897... More 

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Pakistan
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Several of monuments are located at the banks of this basin. Roosevelt, Jefferson, MLK Junior, Korean war are to name a few. In good pleasant weather, this can be a good walk of around 1 - 1.5 hours to circle the basin. I did it in May, but am pleased that I did it.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My wife thought this the best way to see DC. A little excersize while seeing the Jefferson Memoerial., Washington Mon.,and other things on the mall. With time you can get a nice view of the MLK Memorial.

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Hooksett, New Hampshire
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We visited the Tidel Basin everyday we were in DC (3 day) weekend. Weather was lovely. There is a food center at one end but I'm not aware of any other. We tried to use the Old Trolley Tours to get down to the memorials but due to Earth Day concert could not. If there are any activities going on... More 

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Cassington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Just a short walk from the bustle of the National Mall there is the relative quiet of the Tidal Basin and it's stunning views and impressive monuments.

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Yukon, Oklahoma, Usa
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

my review may be skewed because we were in town during full bloom but the basin was beautiful and well maintained. It's a nice long walk but lots of great scenery.

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