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Thousands of blooming, pink and white, Japanese Cherry Trees, grassy parklands and walking trails, surround the Tidal Basin
in West Potomac Park, adjacent to the Potomac River and the National Mall
. The Tidal Basin was created in the late 1800s, and has become a popular spot for visitors to stroll along the banks of the basin, enjoying the beauty of the park and the sparkling waters of the basin, and the Potomac River.
The Tidal Basin is approximately ten feet in depth (3 meters) and covers an expanse of 107 acres of West Potomac Park. Washington
residents of the early twentieth century swam in the waters of the Tidal Basin to get relief from the steamy, hot summer weather, common in this capital city.
- The Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson Memorials
are located along the Tidal Basin, with the area surrounding the Jefferson Memorial, particularly beautiful. The marble steps of the Jefferson Memorial lead right down to the Tidal Basin, where visitors can sit and admire the view of the nearby, Washington Monument
and the Potomac River.
Cherry Blossoms and Paddle Boats
- During late March and early April, thousands of Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees, come into bloom, providing lovely vistas that Washington, celebrates every year with a Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Trees were originally gifted to Washington
by Japan, and some of the events of the festival focus on Japanese themes.
Visitors can rent paddle boats, to quietly tour the calm waters of the Tidal Basin, and the pretty park and stunning memorials. Guided Bicycle and walking tours of the National Mall and Tidal Basin are also available. A nighttime visit to the Tidal Basin with the reflection of the stately Jefferson Memorial in the water, and the sweet scent of cherry blossoms in the air, is an experience not to be missed.
How to get to the Tidal Basin: Subway to Smithsonian Station on the orange and blue lines
Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial, Washington
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