Washington, D.C. audio tour: A Blossoming Friendship

About the Tour

Take a stroll around the picturesque Tidal Basin, among the famous Japanese cherry trees located in Washington, DC., given as a token of friendship from Japan. You'll hear the history behind the trees, what they represent, and learn about the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Along the way you'll walk through four national memorials and the hear about the men memorialized. There are plenty of great photo opportunities on this stroll regardless of the time of year, so bring your camera. This walk is a must-do for any visitor to the capital city.

Tour Producer


Phillip Montague

Originally from North Carolina, I'm an attorney whose interests include history and sightseeing. I became a licensed tour guide in Washington, DC., a few years ago and enjoy sharing stories and facts about the nation's capital. My niche is developing tours focusing on African-American history throughout DC.

Major Landmarks

  • Tidal Basin

  • Martin Luther King Jr

  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  • George Mason

  • and Thomas Jefferson Memorials

Directions to Starting Point

If you're coming by Metro, Smithsonian is the closest stop. Make your way on foot to where 17th St. SW and Independence Avenue SW intersect by the World War 2 Memorial. From the World War 2 Memorial parking lot cross over Independence Avenue. The first stop is going to be the grassy area located to the right of the bridge crossing the Tidal Basin.

There is street parking located on Ohio Drive SW. If you're coming from that direction. Walk down Independence past the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The first stop will be on your right.

If the trees are in bloom, going by foot will be your best bet. Driving in that part of town can be a nightmare at that time of year.

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Places to stop along the way

Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Mason, and Thomas Jefferson Memorials.

Best time of day

Anytime during the daylight.


Watch out for low hanging limbs and occasionally flooded portions of the sidewalk as you go. Bring your camera for photos.


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