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Tidal Basin

Lake, Scenic Lookout, and Sculpture Garden
Southwest Washington, Washington
63 Tips and reviews
  • jefferson memorial
  • scenic views
  • cherry blossoms
  • monuments
  • blossom season
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  • Dave L.
    Dave Lepkowski2 weeks ago
    A good Way to get your Fitbit steps in is to Walk all the way around the outer perimeter of the tidal basin
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsSeptember 25
    Great views! Can’t wait to come back for the fall foliage and cherry blossoms!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The annual Cherry Blossom celebration is a month long festival celebrating the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to The United States.
  • Maggie M.
    The best spot to view the cherry blossoms.
  • Zaw T.
    Zaw TheinMarch 31
    Beautiful scenery
  • Katherine G.
    Katherine GarciaSeptember 9, 2016
    Amazing in summer season.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonApril 8, 2016
    Do not touch that water. Seriously. Don't touch.
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiApril 4, 2016
    Best time to come here is during cherry blossom festival. You get the view of Jefferson Memorial. Also offers paddle boating!
  • Jake D.
    Jake DylanApril 1, 2016
    Beautiful for the Cherry Blossoms!
  • Sierra B.
    Sierra BarkdollMarch 30, 2016
    Jefferson memorial, pentagon, cherry blossom festival. Take metro in!
  • Sierra B.
    Sierra BarkdollMarch 30, 2016
    Cherry blossoms in march-april
  • Paige C.
    Paige CMarch 26, 2016
    Gorgeous! Come here for the peak blooms of the cherry blossom trees! It gets crowded, so try to come during the week and walk all the way around!
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed AlyousefMarch 26, 2016
    Best place to take a picture for Cherry blossom
  • Bill M.
    Bill MichaelsFebruary 10, 2016
    A truly historic and even picturesque site ! Not only for the Cherry blossom season but year round !
  • Jesse G.
    Jesse GuzmanJanuary 18, 2016
    Sunday is free parking on independence ave. Walk to Washington, Lincoln, Korean war, Vietnam war wall and Martin Luther King Jr Memorials.
  • Luke C.
    Luke CardyDecember 27, 2015
    Beautiful view of the Jefferson memorial
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.December 24, 2015
    Get great views of the Washington, Jefferson, and Martin Luther King Memorials. Safe to walk around at night.
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueDecember 22, 2015
    The paddle boat rentals are worth it! So much fun.
  • Leah Denise W.
    Leah Denise WyattNovember 16, 2015
    Sunrise is THE BEST time to go. So quiet and serene.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 22, 2015
    Cherry Blossom season attracts many visitors to Washington DC. For a picture perfect view of the trees, stand across from the Jefferson Memorial, near the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJune 19, 2015
    Best stroll during the Cherry Blossom Festival! Read more
  • Rice L.
    Rice LiuJune 5, 2015
    It's big... I don't suggest you walk all around it
  • Britt A.
    Britt AntonyMay 30, 2015
    Beautiful scenic outlook of this from the Jefferson Memorial
  • stepher
    stepherApril 21, 2015
    Visit a couple of days prior to the Cherry Blossom Festival and you'll see all of the beauty without all of the crowds. Also, wear comfy shoes and see as much as you can.
  • Pablo R.
    Pablo RamosApril 16, 2015
    relaxing, go feed a duck or two
  • Mike H.
    Mike HopkinsApril 14, 2015
    The best spot to see cherry blossoms in spring
  • Shay
    ShayApril 12, 2015
    Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful view.
  • Kira M.
    Kira MaixnerMarch 20, 2015
    Great place for paddle boating! Check out GetMyBoat and get on the water! Read more
  • Rodrigo V.
    Rodrigo VeraMarch 8, 2015
    Come during the week when there are less crowded.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaJanuary 24, 2015
    One of the prettiest walks you will ever take during cherry blossom season. Don't fall in.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Great place to see the cherry blossoms
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdAugust 9, 2014
    Great place to see the cherry trees
  • Natalie C.
    Natalie ClayApril 26, 2014
    Nice & empty on the weekdays!
  • Lis R.
    Lis RApril 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's worth waking up early to see the cherry blossoms at sunrise
  • iLuvtra1ls P.
    iLuvtra1ls PApril 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    just beautiful ...
  • Dennis Y.
    Dennis YoungApril 7, 2014
    best way to see the cherry blossoms
  • Omar M.
    Omar MMarch 19, 2014
    For the best time, talk to all the tourists.
  • Jenae G.
    Jenae GraderApril 15, 2013
    Fun and crowded afternoon.
  • Kol
    KolApril 13, 2013
    If you come here to check out cherry blossoms, try the weekdays if you can.
  • Tan P.
    Tan PhanApril 13, 2013
    Sunset shot during Cherry Blossoms
  • Tan P.
    Tan PhanApril 13, 2013
    A couple shots from my cell phone
  • ❀mihoko❀
    ❀mihoko❀April 11, 2013
    If you haven't seen Cherry blossom during blooming, plz do not die. Expect one of the best after longest winter. The beauty is produced only during the winter. Learn their journey & history behind.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SApril 9, 2013
    Bring a blanket or beach towel, water, snacks, patience and a camera. Plan to stop under the cherry trees at FDR park on side of Basin nearest MLK memorial for some R&R.
  • kirstie r.
    kirstie rApril 8, 2013
    Take a walk around, you never know what you might see.
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler ChamberlainApril 4, 2013
    April 4th and the trees aren't in full bloom yet. Few more days and they'll be ready.
  • Matt M.
    Matt MarquezJanuary 22, 2013
    Best view of the national mall
  • cameron
    cameronOctober 5, 2012
    And hit up the tidal basin while you're at it.
  • StayArlington
    StayArlingtonSeptember 24, 2012
    The Jefferson Memorial is right on the Tidal Basin and so are the paddle boats for exploring.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 8, 2012
    Approx 3,750 Yoshino Cherry Trees reside here. 1st trees planted 3/27/1912. Peak blooming occurs when 70% blossoms open. Historically varies March 15 (1990)-April 18 (1958). More site info via<LINK> Read more
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew W.August 15, 2012
    Great views all around, regardless of season.
  • Ty K.
    Ty KeyApril 24, 2012
    One of the best running routes of D.C.
  • Mercedes U.
    Mercedes UnfriedApril 6, 2012
    No jogging around the ELK Memorial.
  • Ghosts of DC
    Ghosts of DCJanuary 27, 2012
    Did you know there used to be a bathing beach here? Read up about it on our blog. Read more
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJune 28, 2011
    Springtime in DC and the annual Cherry Blossom festival, well, blossoms. Music, dance and parades are laid on to commemorate a 1912 gift to the city of 3,000 Japanese cherry trees from Tokyo.
  • Hasufin
    HasufinApril 3, 2011
    Take the paddle boats - $12/hr for a 2-seater
  • Lori
    LoriApril 3, 2011
    Watch out for the beaver
  • Going Out Guide from PostLocal
    #CherryBlossoms: Out after nightfall? Rangers use Japanese lanterns to guide free evening tours. Friday - Sundays during the festival from 8 to 10 p.m. Read more
  • Artistic H.
    Artistic HustleApril 18, 2010
    tulip flower garden is fun as well (especially when you MISS the festival...)
  • Joan M.
    Joan MatherApril 3, 2010
    Cherry Blossom during end of March/early April at Tidal Basin is a must see if your in the DC area.
  • Philip E.
    Philip EberhardtMarch 28, 2010
    Walk around the entire tidal basin during the the cherry blossom festival. Reward your hike with some dessert!
  • YE JI L.
    YE JI LeeMarch 31, 2015
    벚꽃... 축제라며.. 털썩..벚꽃가져와ㅠㅠㅠ
  • Milena L.
    Milena LoureiroAugust 17, 2014
    Com muita disposição e com um sol mais ameno é possível fazer a volta toda!
  • Daniel C.
    Entre março e abril...pra ver as cerejeiras floridas. Cheguei tarde. Já tem frutos
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