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Tidal Basin in Washington, DC

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Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

The Stroll: Our nation’s capital has countless monuments, but few have as serene a setting as those dedicated to presidents Thomas Jefferson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. That’s because they flank the Tidal Basin, ringed by a pathway planted with 1,800 cherry trees (a gift from Japan in 1912). Enter the 1.5-mile loop from the National Mall and walk to your left toward the gleaming white Jefferson Memorial, then head east to the FDR monument.

When to Go: Skip the summer, when D.C.’s humidity soars; early April is best—the cherry trees burst with pale pink blossoms.

Donna Heiderstadt
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