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Blossoms on the Basin Tour

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Blossoms on the Basin Tour

Join DC by Foot on our name-your-own-price Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin Tour. Learn the history and visit the memorials of Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We offer TWO types of tours to explore the Cherry Blossoms! 

Blossoms on the Waterfront

The southwest waterfront neighborhood is one of the most historic areas in our city. In an effort to share DC's rich history and commemorate our annual cherry blossom festival while providing a safe tour environment for our guests and guides, we are offering a special cherry blossom tour that explores the southwest waterfront, the Wharf, and East Potomac Park. 

Guests will discover the oldest townhouses in the city, visit lesser-known memorials, delve into Black history, learn about the Wharf's Bloomaroo, and experience the beauty of our iconic Japanese Cherry Blossom trees.

For more information, read our Guide to the Cherry Blossom FestivalS and Best Place to See the Cherry Blossoms in 2021.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: We meet in front of the MLK Memorial Bookstore at West Basin Drive and Independence Ave SW. Look for your guide in Orange. Tour ends at the Jefferson Memorial.

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours. Total walking is about one mile (1.6km).

When: 

  • Wednesday March 31, 2021 10am - this tour is name your own price! You can choose how much it was worth and pay the guide directly.
  • Thursday April 01, 2021 10am - this date is ticketed
  • Monday April 05, 2021 10am - this tour is name your own price! You can choose how much it was worth and pay the guide directly.
  • Tuesday April 06, 2021 10am- this date is ticketed

Want to take the tour on the weekend? Contact us for a private tour.

See the Blossoms in an immersive art exhibit – with a discount!

Guests on our Cherry Blossom tours (private and public) get a discount code to experience RENEWAL 2021! 

ARTECHOUSE presents its fourth annual cherry blossom inspired installation with a conservation twist — Renewal 2121

Seeking to inspire optimism and hope amid a global pandemic and concerns of climate change, the immersive, technology-driven art installation will transport visitors 100 years into the future.

On view through September 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

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Blossoms on the Basin

For 2021, this tour is only running as a private option and will be based on the NPS protocols for touring and pedestrian access.

This tour will take you around the Tidal Basin in the cool shade of the city's legendary cherry trees and through some of DC's most beautiful, majestic and picturesque memorials.

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Join DC by Foot as we visit the memorials that honor three great men of ideas. Thomas Jefferson, whose pen affirmed mankind's inalienable rights. Franklin Delano Roosevelt who led America's greatest generation for 12 years in the fight against tyranny and poverty. Martin Luther King, Jr. who reminded America and the world of our promise of equality and social justice.

For more information, read our Guide to the Cherry Blossom FestivalS and Best Place to See the Cherry Blossoms in 2021

Sights we cover on the tour:

Tour information

Where: We meet in front of the MLK Memorial Bookstore at West Basin Drive and Independence Ave SW. Look for your guide in Orange. Tour ends at the Jefferson Memorial.

Duration: Tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours. Total walking is about one mile (1.6km).

When: For 2021, this is offered as a private tour only.

Start: SW Corner of West Basin Drive and Independence Ave SW at the MLK Memorial Bookstore
Closest Metro: Smithsonian (Blue and Orange)

End: Jefferson Memorial (map)
Closest Metro: Smithsonian (Blue and Orange)

And much, much more

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