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Springtime in Washington means the explosion of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
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E Basin Drive NW, Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice place to stroll around while looking at the memorials. Is very open to the elements so expect lots of wind if it is a blustery day! Path needs maintaining in a few areas and water seems to pool on the path so be careful...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tidal Basin was fairly colorless in November. I remember the cool cherry flowers from spring a few years ago. However, the Basin is surrounded by valuable buildings.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank heikkih722
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cherry trees have grown up, but this has caused some erosion of the dirt down onto the concrete path. It can be muddy. Also, watch out for the branches, and bike riders. It's cool to start from the MLK Memorial, then counterclockwise, past the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ryan H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this in the Autumn, and the trees in splendid orange and red looked incredible reflected over the early morning water. Not a ripple in sight - stunning photos. Would look wicked in the Spring!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Michael W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is beautiful by day as well as buy night. It was my first time visiting by night and I was by myself but I did not feel scare to walk around. It seams that there were a lot of tourist everywhere near by. I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank O6378WFannag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a partially man made reservoir. You can walk the path on the west side from the MLK, to the FDR, to the Jefferson Memorial. Some of the path was muddy from soil washed from the hill down into the waters. Also, there is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Whitney S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tidal basin offers a bit of quiet and solace from the hustle and bustle of the National Mall and the Capitol. It offers the opportunity to relax and get some interspective.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank markltennis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reflections from several monuments and memorials can be seen in this basin plus the trees that line the paths were in full foliage for fall. Very clean and safe.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BRBE001
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monuments around the basin are fantastic, so much to see. A lot of walking, but so worth it, If you love this country it is a must!!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ClockDoc1948
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always enjoy walking the Tidal Basin. It's generally peaceful and quite beautiful. Bonus - It's between monuments and within a short distance of the national mall.

Date of experience: September 2018
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mojimon
June 28, 2018|
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March 24, 2018|
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Response from aoltang | Reviewed this property |
There are plenty of space for parking. Yet during the weekend will always be difficult especially now spring, especially the cherry blossom festival is here in addition to alot of joggers and runners also. But the scenery... More
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Yes, lower level of Jefferson Memorial and at FDR Memorial.
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aneckc
seattle
Cherry Blossom festival (2 Replies)
Hi-we will be visiting Washington from March 27-April 2 for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I know that the flowers are mainly concentrated around the Tidal basin but are there food vendors, exhibits, potties, set up there also for visitors? Also any must see and do's for the festival. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks
January 20, 2013|
Response fromneslaw1|
Check out website mentioned as get closer. There food area. Not too expensive or bad. Not sure about must sees. There are concerts all over and other events.
gojayhawks
kansas
Walking the mall (7 Replies)
How long, approximately, to walk from Washington Monument around the Tidal Basin, to Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, back to Washington Monument?
June 08, 2005|
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Depending on if you are just walking, or if you actually want to stop a bit at each site it could be anywhere from an hour to 4 hours. From the Washington to the WWII is just a hop, skip, and a jump. Just beyond the WWII Memorial is the Viet Nam, And just beyond that is the Lincoln. All of those are relatively close. Even though most people consider the WWII Memorial a design monstrocity, it is worth seeing if only to recognise the sacrifices our soldiers made during the war. Really...More
K N
Los Angeles
Current Condition on the Cherry Blossoms? (15 Replies)
I know this question may be annoying and no one can control the mother nature. So I won't hold anyone against it, but some insights from the locals will be really helpful for me. I hope some locals can let me know what are the current conditions of the cherry blossoms as of today? Is it blooming by a lot already around Tidal Basin area? I see that next week there will be some rain coming into the area. I've planned to visit DC between March 31- April 2. However, with the bloom...More
March 18, 2012|
Response fromwarthog|
Given how quickly they bloomed and how warm it is, I'd be shocked if there were still many blooms by March 31. I'd guess that March 25 will still be the tail end of peak bloom, but one bad storm could have them off the trees even by then. Sorry it hasn't worked out for you this year, but the good news is they bloom every year.