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Tidal Basin

1501 Maine Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024
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    Shefali D'Sa
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    5 Jun 29, 2014

    Go rent a paddle boat here and enjoy! $22/hour for a boat that fits 4 people. Once you're our on the Potomac you'll move able to see the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and the MLK Memorial all at once from the water. I'm surprised more people don't do this. It's fun and beautiful!

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    Bailey Klentzman
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    5 Apr 22, 2014

    Very pretty. Great to walk or bike around, or even paddle boat in. We were there on an overcast, gloomy day, and it was still beautiful. There are lots of memorials conveniently located around it, the closest being the Jefferson Memorial.

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    Lauren Baker
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    4 Mar 14, 2014

    This is a peaceful place for a walk, and is especially beautiful in nice weather. Several monuments are located nearby.

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    Jason Planck
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    5 Feb 20, 2014

    This has several National Park Units to it but this is an area parking lot across from Thomas Jefferson Memorial that has great views. Disability access and parking is limited.

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    Stephen Bugno
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    4 Jan 17, 2014

    A walk around the Tidal Basin is lovely at any time of year. Arguable at it's best during the spring when the cherry blossoms are out, the Tidal Basin takes about an hour to saunter around. Surround it are the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial.

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    Linda B
    4 Jan 07, 2014

    The cherry blossoms are great here, but if you want to find them equally beautiful, go to Kenwood Gardens which is within walking distance of our Ruffin Road house. For directions to Kenwood Gardens, ask Linda and Michael.

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    5 Oct 23, 2013

    What better way to absorb some DC atmosphere than picnicking at the Tidal Basin? Take in the view of the Jefferson Memorial as you munch.

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    Erin K
    5 Oct 21, 2013

    People are always surprised at how big the Washington Mall actually is, so if you're crunched for time and don't feel like walking forever, I always suggest taking a stroll around the Tidal Basin and stopping by the Jefferson Memorial (my favorite!) and the nearby Vietnam memorial. The basin is absolutely beautiful no matter what the weather (I had a lovely walk around here once while it was snowing), and provides some great views of the Mall must-sees (like the Washington Monument).

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    Frances Nguyen
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    4 Oct 21, 2013

    Tidal Basin is a partial reservoir located along the Potomac River. Adjacent to the Tidal Basin are historic monuments such as the Martin Luther King Monument, Jefferson Memorial, etc. It's scenic and a lovely walk around the river.

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    Rachel Greene
    4 Oct 20, 2013

    The Tidal Basin is a body of water that is edges by several of DC's monuments - The MLK Memorial sits facing the water and just across from it is the Jefferson Memorial. There are benches on the edge of the water that make great spots for photo ops.

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    Mark Hellemans
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    4 Sep 23, 2013

    i have only seen it when the rain was pouring down and nobody was around. Its even more a quiet, nice spot away from the capital, where you can contemplate what you have experienced/seen and relax

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    Travis Katz
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    5 Aug 08, 2013

    If you happen to be here in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming, the Tidal Basin is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Rows and rows of trees in white and pink wrapping around the edge of the water with a view of the Jefferson Memorial. A great place to bring a picnic!

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    Marcus Correll
    5 Apr 15, 2013

    Since it's difficult to find large bodies of water in the area, this man-made body of water provides the DC area with a little more H2O in the city.

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    Jenny Layne Cardon
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    5 Mar 25, 2013

    The half-man-made reservoir which is the perfect focal point during the Cherry Blossom Festival. From here, you can have lovely views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial.

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    Tarina Peterson
    5 Jan 04, 2013

    This is a beautiful location to just sit and enjoy yourself. We visited in the dead of winter and regardless of how cold it was the tidal basin was still a scenic place to sit and relax and just enjoy the colors as dusk bled into night.

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    5 Dec 25, 2012

    Nothing beats the Tidal Basin in the Spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. For 4-5 weeks in the Spring the Tidal Basin because a tourist mecca as the trees create a sea of pink seen from several locals around DC. The area does get crowded and I highly suggest taking Metro. Be prepared to get on/off a stop or two eary and walk to avoid congestion.

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    Sharon "Bubz" Z
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    5 Sep 17, 2012

    I love the basin, it's perhaps one of my favorite spots in Washington DC. The basin is tranquil and beautiful, marked by several famous few memorials surrounding it. There are paddle boats that you can rent to paddle around the basin, a great way to take in and experience the sights differently. For a week or two at the end of March/beginning of April, the basin comes to life in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Hundreds and thousands cherry trees along the shoreline of the basin blossoms during this time. People from all of the US comes to participate in this transient display of beauty, very festive and absolutely gorgeous.

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    Diane Austin
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    4 Sep 07, 2012

    Stroll around the basin or rent one of the small boasts to row around the lake. Nice in year round but most beautiful when the cherry trees are blooming.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    This is a great place to take a walk around especially if it is cherry blossom time if you can time it right. Sometimes you need to take some time out from your tourist activities and just walk around.

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    David Wright
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Make every effort to visit during the Cherry Blossom Festival, it is a spectacular site to behold.

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If you are really bored and have nothing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon, head to the Tidal Basin. Set in picturesque and scenic settings, its truly a visual treat. Located between the Thomas Jefferson Memorial and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, it covers a vast area of 107 acres. Tidal Basin is also utilized as a means for flushing the Washington Channel. It is maintained and operated by ... read more
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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