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Tidal Basin Tours

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Tidal Basin
Located in West Potomac Park, the Tidal Basin is surrounded by some of the most iconic memorials and monuments in Washington DC, including the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The attractive man-made inlet is also where you’ll find thousands of cherry trees gifted to the nation by Japan.
 
The Basics
Enjoy a walk or bike ride around the 2.1-mile (3.4-kilometer) Tidal Basin loop, which passes by several key monuments. If you’re there between May and October, you can explore the inlet by paddleboat. The Tidal Basin features on many walking, biking, and Segway tours—hop-on hop-off trolleys stop there as well. The inlet is also close to other landmarks on the National Mall, making it easy to check out multiple sights in one visit.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan to tour the area, as distances between attractions can be greater than anticipated.
  • Paddleboats can be booked online. Reserve yours well in advance if you’ll be visiting during cherry blossom season.
  • The Tidal Basin trail and all monuments around the inlet are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
It’s best to take public transit to the Tidal Basin, as parking in the area is limited. The closest metro stations are Smithsonian (on the Blue, Silver, and Orange lines) and L’Enfant Plaza (on the Blue, Silver, Orange, Green, and Yellow lines), and the National Mall Circulator bus stops nearby. Bikeshares are also a good way to get around.
 
When to Get There
For the ideal views, head to the Tidal Basin on a clear day. Avoid going after heavy rains, as the area can flood. The prettiest, though also busiest, time to visit is in spring when the cherry trees are in bloom—go in the early morning or the evening to beat the crowds.
 
Less-Crowded Places to See the Cherry Blossoms
Washington DC’s most popular spot to view cherry blossoms, the Tidal Basin can be extremely crowded during peak bloom. For fewer people, opt for one of the city’s less-crowded areas to marvel at the lovely blooms, such as the United States National Arboretum, Stanton Park, or Anacostia Park.
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Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day option includes admission to Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
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  • 1 hour
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 2 hours to 2 days
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$45.00
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Electric Cart Tour

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Explore the famous monuments and war memorials of Washington, DC by the light of night on this small-group sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air, electric vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining narrated history of our nation’s capital. Travel around and through the plethora of famous memorials and monuments, with stunning views of an illuminated Washington Monument, the White House and many other landmark locations. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington, DC by night.
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  • 2 hours
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$73.25
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$73.25
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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Get a panoramic look at Washington DC on this sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to the United States capital and its historical and cultural landmarks. Listen to live narration as you see dozens of attractions, such as Lincoln Memorial, the exterior of the White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Smithsonian buildings.
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  • 4 hours
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$53.42
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Night Tour of Washington DC Small Group

Night Tour of Washington DC Small Group

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Washington DC’s monuments and landmarks light up after dark, perfect for dramatic views and memorable photos of the capital city. Explore the sights from the National Mall to the White House and key memorials as your guide provides informative narration about each site. Hop off at select sights to get an up-close look with your small-group and guide. This tour includes transport between locations.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.65
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Day Tour of Washington DC Small Group

Day Tour of Washington DC Small Group

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Experience the history and culture of the nation’s capital on this comprehensive, half-day, small-group tour. Travel in a comfortable vehicle complete with phone chargers, umbrellas, and a flat-screen TV, and see Washington DC’s monuments, museums, and memorials with a guide. See the US Capitol building, the White House, the Mall and more. Avoid the hassles of driving, or navigating public transportation and leave the logistics to your guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$61.65
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Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

Washington DC Monuments Bike Tour

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See the historical sights of Washington DC with an up-close view of significant monuments on a bike tour by comfortable cruiser. Ride an easy route over flat terrain from the National Mall to the Potomac Tidal Basin and view DC landmarks including the Washington Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Jefferson Memorial as you explore the attractions with a knowledgeable guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$46.00
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Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

Washington DC Sites at Night Bike Tour

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Experience the beauty of Washington, D.C. at night on this monuments at night bike tour of the city. Check out the Jefferson, Lincoln and WWII memorials once the sun goes down and explore the Vietnam War Memorial and the National Mall at night. This popular tour offers travelers the chance to explore on two wheels after dark when monuments are less crowded.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour

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Explore the best of Washington, DC on this narrated, hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest among DC’s top attractions—like the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name just a few. Depending upon your interest, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the nation’s capital in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor. A guided moonlight trolley tour to the same landmark locations, illuminated for the evening, is also included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

Washington DC Private Tour with Spanish or Portuguese Option

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Explore the famous sites of Washington DC on this private tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then climb aboard a luxury vehicle and enjoy an educational and entertaining account of the nation’s capital with a private guide. Travel around and through the plethora of famous war memorials, monuments, and landmarks. From DC’s residential neighborhoods to Arlington, Virginia and back, experience this comprehensive tour of the city. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour of Washington DC

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Go sightseeing in Washington DC in the comfort of a private luxury vehicle accompanied by your own personal driver. Customize your half-day tour to your interests to take in highlights such as the US Capitol Building, Washington National Monument, Georgetown, a selection of war memorials, or one of the excellent Smithsonian museums. Your driver provides commentary about the sights, but waits in the car while you visit each destination on your own. You can stop for photo ops, or spend more time at favorite destinations—the choice is yours.
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  • 4 hours
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$350.00
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Private DC Tour 4 Hour

Private DC Tour 4 Hour

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Enjoy Four-hour private tour in an air conditioned and luxury vehicle. Small group. the driver guides and stays with the vehicle at the destination.
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  • 4 hours
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Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

Extended Monuments & Memorials Tour

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You can see all Washington DC Monuments and Memorials, the White House and the Capitol at your own pace, with no bus-filled crowding or walking — and no waiting. You'll be protected from the weather, including rain, snow and sun. Kid friendly and your dogs are most welcome! This is the best option for anyone with a mobility impairment. Our most popular tour is the Monuments and Memorials tour. We have done this tour 100+ different ways, depending on our guest's wishes. This is a tour of the entire National Mall on tricycle and includes the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean, Vietnam and WWII War Memorials, and the White House, as well as other memorials. We also conduct night tours, which usually include all the amazing lit-up sights (our favorites at night are The White House, World War II, Lincoln, Jefferson, Roosevelt and the Capitol).
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC

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A high-quality photo package makes for a great souvenir of any vacation— ideal for individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends. Capture your most memorable moments in Washington D.C. with a 60-minute photo shoot by a professional photographer. Choose an iconic spot like the Lincoln Memorial, Georgetown, Tidal Basin, or National Mall.
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  • 1 hour
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Monumental Electric Bike Tour

Monumental Electric Bike Tour

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Washington DC’s historic center spans a large area and can be difficult to see on foot. This electric bike tour allows you to cover more ground and cycle past highlights such as the Smithsonian museums, the Capitol Building, the White House, and Tidal Basin. With a motor to assist as you pedal, you’re free to concentrate on the city’s notable sights and listen as your guide points out hidden treasures you might not notice on your own.
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  • 4 hours
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$79.00
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Private Guided Tour of Washington DC

Private Guided Tour of Washington DC

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Get a personal introduction to Washington, DC, on a 3-hour, private tour that can be customized to your preferences. Design the perfect route for you with help from the guide, from the city’s monuments and memorials to government buildings, museums, and landmarks. This 3-hour, private DC tour includes pickup and drop-off at DC accommodations, with flat rate pricing available for private groups of 1–5, 6–12, or 13–42 people.
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  • 3 hours
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Washington DC After Dark

Washington DC After Dark

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There's a certain magic to Washington DC that can only be experienced at night. It's a time when the powerful Lincoln Memorial is bathed in soft white light, and the Washington Monument, Capitol, and White House appear even more grandiose. Along with a knowledgeable local guide, take a tour of Washington DC well after the sun has gone down, and feel the buzz, magic, and pulse of America's capital by night.
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  • 4 hours
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$53.03
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$53.03

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC

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Flytographer 30 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Washington DC and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Washington DC, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 30 minutes
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$272.44
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$272.44
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC

90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC

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Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Washington DC and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Washington DC, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$544.88
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$544.88
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Washington DC

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Flytographer 120 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Washington DC and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Washington DC, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$708.34
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$708.34
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Tidal Basin: Stroll around the cherry blossoms and monuments on an audio tour

Tidal Basin: Stroll around the cherry blossoms and monuments on an 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. On this self-guided audio tour, 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. Download the tour through the VoiceMap app on your phone while in a wifi zone to enjoy full offline accessibility. The tour is ready when you are, simply arrive at the start location and hit the Start Tour button when you're ready.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
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$5.00
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DC Highlights Guided day tour 6hrs - Show up and Earpieces is included.

DC Highlights Guided day tour 6hrs - Show up and Earpieces is included.

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Explore Washington DC's highlights without getting lost on this hop-on hop-off tour, a great choice for first-time visitors. See the places that shaped American history, including the Capitol, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Arlington National Cemetery. Bluetooth earpieces are provided, so you are free to roam the sites without missing a word of your guide’s commentary.
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$52.00
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Magic LED Guided Night Tour - 3hrs Pick up/Drop off and Earpieces is included

Magic LED Guided Night Tour - 3hrs Pick up/Drop off and Earpieces is included

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See the landmarks of Washington DC on a night tour that highlights the major monuments of the United States capital. This night tour uses audio-visual technology including bluetooth earpieces that make it easy to hear the guide’s commentary, and LED bracelets to identify the group. View top destinations including the US Capitol, the White House, and memorials to Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.
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  • 3 hours
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$55.00
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$55.00

Explore DC Guided Day Tour 6hrs - Hotel Pick up/Drop off & Earpieces.

Explore DC Guided Day Tour 6hrs - Hotel Pick up/Drop off & Earpieces.

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This tour highlights the best attractions in Washington DC. River cruise ticket is included. We add to your experience by using Earpiece technology that takes sightseeing to the next level, so it makes it more exclusive and private. We also use Audio/Visual technology during the tour which is why kids and families love this interactive tour. Refreshments and light snack will be served for free! So, climb aboard to our comfortable transportation and make this experience worthwhile in our nation’s capital. So much fun!.
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  • 6 hours
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$69.00
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