15 Best Things to Do in Washington D.C.

2. The Tidal Basin

The Tidal Basin

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The Tidal Basin

Once connected to the Potomac River, the Tidal Basin now serves as a pristine backdrop to some of Washington D.C.’s most iconic monuments.

The 2-mile long pond is most beautiful in the spring when the cherry trees blossom (all of which were a gift from the city of Tokyo).  Most people walk around the basin, but the more adventurous get in a paddle boat and see the city from the water.

If you’re walking, you’ll be visiting the Jefferson Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorial, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

The museum at the Jefferson Memorial has a permanent exhibit called “Light and Liberty” that you won’t want to miss.

The FDR Memorial is the city’s largest and probably the most interactive.

Walk among bronze depictions of the president himself, Eleanor his wife, and even his Scottish terrier, Fala.

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