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“All about the cherry blossoms” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin
Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
202-484-0206
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Ranked #32 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
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Owner description: Springtime in Washington means the explosion of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
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“All about the cherry blossoms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Great water views. It's nice when all the cherry blossoms are blossoming! Great pictures of the Thomas jefferson memorial.

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“A pleasant walk by the water, made special only by the cherry blossoms”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The tidal basin offers a good view of the Jefferson memorial, and a fantastic view of the cherry trees in full blossom, but little else. It is crowded and busy, but not overly dirty.

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“Minnesotans say: "UBETCHA!" to the Tidal Basin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Our vacation to Washington D.C. and to the Tidal Basin for the 2014 "Cherry Blossom Festival" was simply breathtaking, to say the least.
We visited the Tidal Basin several times this week, but today was definitely "FULL BLOOM" day. Scrumptious Cherry Blossoms busting with white and pink flowers were certainly taking the main stage and showing everything they had to offer the 1.5 million spectators in Washington D.C. this week. Thousands of photographers having their "day" was evident. We walked the entire basin, sat on the stairs of the Jefferson Memorial and just took in the moment as one of our greatest experiences. This Tidal Basin is a "gift" to the people of the USA. Whether trees in bloom or not, what an enjoyable and simple treasure. A Washington D.C..MUST SEE.

Visited April 2014
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“National Cherry Blossom Festival is great for families”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is always something fun to go to during spring. My cousin was visiting from out of town, so we decided to walk around the Tidal Basin and see the cherry blossoms. Of course, this year's bloom was the latest on record, so the cherry blossoms weren't exactly as beautiful as you would have wanted them during their allegedly peak season.

There seemed to be a lot of National Park Service activities while we were there. There is stuff for kids, as well as gift shops and guidance. They've done this festival so many times, you would think they have it down by now!

I will say that the food service left something be desired. They had American food as well as "Asian", which basically consisted of a lobster sushi roll. Really? All these tourists coming in from out of town, and the sushi you offered his lobster sushi? How can that possibly be served correctly on a mass scale? My cousin and I brought Chop't, which seemed to be the better idea. There was some seating available, but outside the food area, there were not many places to sit.

At the end of the day, National Cherry Blossom Festival is a fun day out for DC residents and tourists alike!

Visited April 2014
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“Bucket List, Check!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Lots of friendly camera sharing/trust in you take mine/I'll take yours. (NOT in NY!) Bring Publix bags to sit on (damp earth, clayish) & get a bunch of food samples from food tents along Basin & eat in Blossom yard behind food tent area. There's music close by and you are having the most scenic picnic of your life. Walking in this yard was dreamy/I cried it was soo beautiful. You can spin in a circle and are just overwhelmed by all those trees. This area was way better than walking along the Basin sidewalk. Never did find a good taxi pick up point... They'll drop ya, but won't pick up along street.

Visited April 2014
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