Tim's Waterfront Walk
Featuring all the memorials and sights along the enchanting and picturesque Tidal Basin.

Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Dr. King Memorial, George Mason Memorial and So Much More!

Free, Tips-Only Tours

NOTE: No advanced reservations are required for these tours. All of my tours are intended for individuals, couples, and families as well as small groups of 7 or less. Anyone with a group of 8 or more should contact me in advance (click HERE) to discuss the best options for your group.

  photo by Lois Mulder

Tim's Waterfront Walk


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Join me on this Waterfront Walk exploring all of the sights and memorials along the expansive waters of the Tidal Basin.

With the dedication of the MLK Jr. Memorial in the Fall of 2011, there are now three major memorials on the banks of the beautiful Tidal Basin. Join me on this picturesque walk and we will fully explore each of them! Discover the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Additionally, this three hour walk will feature views and discussions of:

  • The Washington Monument 
  • The John Paul Jones Memorial
  • The Japanese Lantern, Japanese Pagoda and the First Cherry Planting stone marker on the Tidal Basin
  • The George Mason Memorial
  • Views North and South from the Inlet Bridge
  • The U.S. Capitol
  • The DC War Memorial (WWI Memorial)

Starting Time: 10:00am   (Tour lasts about 3.5 hours)  

Starting Location:
Tour begins on the far west grounds of the Washington Monument just off
17th St. directly across the street from the National WWII Memorial. This location is about a half a block from where 17th St. intersects with Independence Ave.  Please note: this is a different starting location than the starting location for my Monumental sTOURies tour.

        The view above is from the starting location looking directly west across 17th St. to the National WWII Memorial.

The above photo is from our starting location looking directly east with our backs to 17th St. and the WWII Memorial. In the distance to the left of the Washington Monument you see the Commerce Department with the distinctive orange roof line.

Photo above is looking directly south from our starting location showing 17th St. intersecting with Independence Ave. On the center right of the photo you see the John Paul Jones Memorial and in the distance on the left side you see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial sitting on the far bank of the Tidal Basin.

Look for
me! I'll be wearing a hat, a backpack, and my tour guide license around my neck. Don't worry, if you are there I'll find you!

The following map shows the route we will take on this tour, and what you can expect to see.

Map used courtesy of the National Parks Service

Ending Location:

The tour will conclude on the NE shore of the Tidal Basin near the Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Rides, the Tidal Basin parking lot and a concession snack bar. I will review the following options for you as you depart.

To get back to the grounds of the Washington Monument and the center of the National Mall, you can continue walking a short distance west on the Tidal Basin (passing the Tidal Basin parking lot on your right) crossing over the Kutz Bridge which will lead you onto the grounds of the Washington Monument. Nearby, you will find the Park Rangers' Survey Lodge, which has bathrooms and informational brochures on all of the monuments and memorials. If you like, along the way, you can stop and enjoy the Floral Library. Click HERE for more information on the Floral Library.

2. If all that waterfront walking has you hungry for seafood....you might consider visiting the Main Avenue Fish Market. Leaving our ending location, turn right onto Maine Avenue, for a 2 block walk, passing both the Capital Yacht Club and the Washington Marina on your right before coming to the Main Avenue Fish Market.- a large open air fish and seafood market. A unique DC experience most tourists miss. Also available, hot cooked crabs, fish sandwiches, raw bar, soup, etc.   For more info on The Maine Avenue Fish Market Click HERE


3. Spend some time on the Tidal Basin taking advantage of the concession stand and maybe even a paddle boat ride if in season - currently through September 30th. Click HERE for Paddle Boat Ride information.

If Traveling By Metro:
I recommend taking the Metro to either the Smithsonian or the Federal Triangle metro stations
for a short walk to the start of the Tidal Basin Waterfront Walk.

The closest Metro station to the finishing point of the Tidal Basin Waterfront Walk is the Smithsonian
station or the L'Enfant Plaza Station. 

You can find the Metro Web site HERE.

Public parking is limited near the National Mall. On Saturday and Sunday, free parking spaces can be found along Constitution Avenue, but they can fill up quickly. If at all possible, it really is easiest to use public transportation and the Metro system to get in and around Washington DC. Your hotel staff will know the most efficient metro routes into town.

For more information regarding parking near the National Mall and DC click HERE

New on the National Mall as of June 2015 - the DC Circulator (hop on/hop off bus)has now added a new National Mall route connecting passengers to key attractions on and around the National Mall. Checkout this new convenient route HERE


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