The Landscape Architect’s Guide to

Washington, D.C.

The National Mall & Memorial Parks

Tidal Basin

Your Guide
Susan Spain, ASLA

The Tidal Basin, a designed water area of a little more than 100 acres, is the lovely setting for the world famous Japanese cherry trees and a number of memorials. The Basin is visually dominated by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, its reflection, and the reflections of the Washington Monument. The informal character and beauty of the Tidal Basin make it a centerpiece of the capital.

Learn more about the history of the Tidal Basin.

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