A Blossoming Friendship

    Washington tidal basin cropped
    Philip montague
    09 Apr 2015
    Clock 60min      Length2mi
    2 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio 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.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

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

    Startingpoint 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.

    Tips Tips

    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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