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Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
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Springtime in Washington means the explosion of white-pink clouds of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Tidal Basin and Ohio Drive NW, Washington DC, DC 20003
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a great 30 minute walk in DC that affords great views of the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial and brings you by the MLK and FDR Memorials. There are also a handful of surprise sculptures around the perimeter of the basin, oh, and...More

Thank sjhokie
Reviewed 5 days ago

With the water mostly frozen at the moment the Tidal Basin is quite fascinating to view. Seeing ducks land on the small un-iced sections is quite something. You feel tempted to walk out on the ice although I fear you would fall through. Very relaxing...More

Thank tranzactnow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In winter it's more exposed, of course, but there is so much to see around the Basin and in the Mall that there's no better place for a wander in the heart of Washington.

Thank phutty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited the ideal Basin area before, but it was especially beautiful while the cherry blossoms were making an appearance.

Thank LovesToGo_1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked the entire tidal basin stopping at the Jefferson Memorial and the MLK Memorial. A little cold in December but a good time with some awsome views of the Washington Memorial at sundown.

Thank dbmotorcop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best time by far to visit is when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, which is usually in late March.

Thank RRDC2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a scenic walk to go by and also know the history. Cheery trees line the path on the side of the basin.

Thank Nishith M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In some places, it would get a higher rating, but not everything in Washington can be tops. This is a place for a quiet break or rest away from the rush, watching the birds or the people, and looking over the water.

1  Thank Ontario76
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tidal Basin is always beautiful but the best time to visit is during the spring when the cherry trees are in full bloom. At that time it is simply gorgeous!

Thank fiamma11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Famous for its beautiful cherry trees and the Tidal Basin that sits beside the Jefferson Memorial, The Washington Monument and the Martin Luther King Memorial, this is a great place to walk around and get a feel for the Washington, DC Mall.

Thank barymad
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Caroline C
7 June 2017|
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Response from MizCharli | Reviewed this property |
Yes, lower level of Jefferson Memorial and at FDR Memorial.
Robin R
22 March 2016|
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Response from OldRoyalGirl | Reviewed this property |
I've never been there by "driving". But, if you walk the National Mall, I'll give you my steps: First, get your hands on a map of The Mall. Print a page from online if you want to be prepared ahead of time and then grab... More
12 July 2015|
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Response from Anthony-Susan | Reviewed this property |
It is open 24 hours. There are no gates, no fences. It's particularly pleasant in the evening. During the day, there are paddle boats to rent. Otherwise, it's an open area where you can also visit the monuments around the... More