Washington DC Monument Guide: Tidal Basin

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Out of all the places to photograph in Washington DC, the Tidal Basin is on top of my list. Why? Because it’s so just so dang easy to find free parking!

Please use the above map for reference.

You can park in Park A, the Paddle Boat Rental parking lot or all along Ohio Drive for up to 3 hours for FREE!!! And I’ve never really had any trouble finding parking in any of those places. The only exception is that you may have to drive for a bit on Ohio Drive to find parking if theres a baseball game or something going on, but free parking for up to 3 hours in Washington DC. Tell me that’s not a deal!!!

However this is not always the case during Cherry Blossom season. The Paddle Boat Rental parking lot is reserved for vendors and the rest is a free-for-all. Best of luck to you my friend. I’ll be there trying to fight the crowds as well.

All joking aside, the Tidal Basin is gorgeous all on its own. I love how you can walk from the Jefferson Memorial and in a few minutes be at the FDR Memorial or MLK Jr. Memorial all the while having fantastic views of the Washington Monument. And don’t even get me started on Cherry Blossom season, probably the best time of year to be in the District.

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This was taken at sunrise along the small foot bridge between the Jefferson Memorial and FDR Memorial during Cherry Blossom season.

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Another epic image from the foot bridge. It’s difficult to get a bad picture from this spot.

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View of the Washington Monument as you’re walking through the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

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One of the newest memorials in DC, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

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Even in the autumn time, the Cherry Blossom trees are fantastic

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Along Kutz Bridge.

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And I had to add this one last one because I love it so much. Such a crazy foggy morning but the moisture from the Tidal Basin makes this absolutely perfect.

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  • Charlie Anderson

    Funny, I have an almost identical photo to the first one hanging in my living room!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/charlieanderosn2015/8638230285

  • Mario John

    It’s easy to see why you favor this venue. Of course, your talent is the overwhelming contribution to their magnificence. These images you have captured are sublime. Thank you for sharing this site with many who aspire.

  • Is this from the time we were shooting together?

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Mario

  • Charlie Anderson

    It was the time you were kind enough to move over to make room for me on that crowded bridge!

  • HAHA good times 🙂