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Potomac River

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Neighbourhood: National Mall
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Address: Washington DC, DC

River separating Washington D.C. from Virginia.

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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Spirit Day Cruise to Mount Vernon
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Mount Vernon Bike Trail: Independent Tour with Optional Potomac River Cruise
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DC City Bus Tour with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

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Beautiful View from Virginia Side

My mother and I visited the Potomac River in December 2016. Although it was cold, it was still a beautiful site to stop by and look at for a few minutes. We walked along the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 January 2017
Tallahassee, Florida
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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place has lots of activities during summer time and there are lots of tourists and locals visiting and you will definitely enjoy the food and company!

1 Thank Dan F
Tallahassee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

My mother and I visited the Potomac River in December 2016. Although it was cold, it was still a beautiful site to stop by and look at for a few minutes. We walked along the boardwalk and harbor near Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia.

1 Thank marinexbiologist
Ile de Noirmoutier, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

You can see the river from either side (DC or Virginia) Although most people see it from downtown DC I like it best from old town Alexandria where you can see the Wilson Bridge and the Ferris wheel at National Harbor.

1 Thank Brellie
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

As you're traveling the city, you will often encounter the Potomac. There are many, many parks along the waters edge so great views while a picnicing. You'll also see an occasional fisherman, and we saw a waterskiing Santa show in Alexandria on Christmas!

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Anaheim, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Teddy Roosevelt memorial is located on an island in the Potomac, accessible only by foot or bicycle, and is a nice quiet retreat for a picnic or just a hike. Take a Ducks tour from Union Station or rent a kayak.

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We took the Nightengale Boat tour. $15 - a great value - and beers were half price because it was the last day of the season (October 30). It was a different perspective, seeing the city from the river.

Thank Cindy T
Jamestown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Loved the time I spent there! I got to see just a few things but I will be returning when I have more time.

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Luton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Hard to review really, its a river. The views of the Washington skyline are good and the the scenery beautiful. Taking in the views from the river can be quite relaxing and a bit of a relief from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Nothing special. Not the cleanest body of water, not the dirtiest body of water. But certainly not the best attraction.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I took the duck and went on the Potomac River. You can feel the history here as well as listen to all that people have to say about it.

Thank julielS8511JU

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