Cherry Blossoms and Memorials Tour


Come with us on a tour along the Tidal Basin where memorials are surrounded by Japanese Cherry Blossoms. As you walk from the MLK Jr. Memorial to the Jefferson Memorial, our guides will leave you intrigued with stories behind the flowering trees symbolizing peace and the memorials commemorating America’s heroes.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

This larger than life memorial is a tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister and social activist who led the Civil Rights Movement until his assassination in 1968. Come remember the man who rallied the nation against discrimination and died for a noble dream.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

President FDR assumed the Presidency during the Great Depression, proudly following in the footsteps of his fifth cousin, President Theodore Roosevelt. FDR brought hope to a nation during one of America’s darkest hours and instilled in the American people that, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

George Mason Memorial

George Mason Memorial

George Mason, an American patriot, participated in the American Revolution and the Constitutional Convention. He is sometimes called the forgotten founding father because he refused to sign the Constitution due to the lack of a bill of rights.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, articulated the hopes of a new America through the Declaration of Independence. Come read these famous truths from the Declaration inscribed on the walls of his memorial: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that to secure these rights governments are instituted among men.”

Cherry Blossom Trees

Cherry Blossom Trees

The Japanese government gifted the cherry blossom trees as a gesture of peace on January 6, 1910. Although the trees are living symbols of peace, they possess a turbulent past. The first donation of trees was infested with insects and President William Taft regretfully gave his assent to destroy the trees. The Japanese responded with an even larger donation of trees, which persevered through a turbulent century.

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National Mall Tour Details

  • Where

    Meet us at the MLK Memorial Bookstore located at West Basin Drive and Independence Avenue. 

  • Duration

    Our walking tour lasts approximately 2 hours.

  • Price

    $29.50 for Adults

    $10.00 for Children (under 12)

  • Metro Station

    The closest metro station is Smithsonian on the Orange/Blue/Silver line. Metro’s Trip Planner website will help you navigate your ride.  

  • Reservations

    Reservations are required. Sign up for a tour using our calendar.

“We were touring the Tidal Basin during the blooming of the cherry blossoms (very beautiful!). Bo took the time to give us a great tour of the memorials around the basin (MLK, FDR, Jefferson). With Bo’s history background, plus the inspiring story behind the startup, I’d highly recommend this tour to others.”Joesph, Trip Advisor