Tidal Basin and Hains Point

District of Columbia

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This pristine walk starts and ends along the Tidal Basin, with visits to the FDR and Jefferson Memorials. It follows the Potomac River out to the Hains Point peninsula, with views of the Potomac River on one side and the Washington Channel on the other. Start at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and walk through the four “rooms” representing the president’s four terms in office. In the first room is a picture etched into the granite of FDR in a car on his way to his first inauguration. However, something is missing. The original photo showed him holding a long cigarette. In the second room, statues “line up” in a bread line and listen to Roosevelt’s fireside chats on a radio. A statue of the thirty-second president shows him seated in his wheelchair with his beloved dog, Fala, at his feet. The memorial also has the only statue of a First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.

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"This pristine walk starts and ends along the Tidal Basin, with visits to the FDR and Jefferson Memorials. It follows the Potomac River out to the Hains Point peninsula, with views of the Potomac River on one side and the Washington Channel on the other.

Start at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and walk through the four “rooms” representing the president’s four terms in office. In the first room is a picture etched into the granite of FDR in a car on his way to his first inauguration. However, something is missing. The original photo showed him holding a long cigarette. In the second room, statues “line up” in a bread line and listen to Roosevelt’s fireside chats on a radio. A statue of the thirty-second president shows him seated in his wheelchair with his beloved dog, Fala, at his feet. The memorial also has the only statue of a First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt."

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Biking
Features: Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: National Park Service maps at www.nps.gov/nama. Maps can also be picked up at kiosks by the FDR Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial. Also see Rand McNally Washington DC Metro Street Guide: page 103; B7, C7, D8, E8.
Driving Directions: Directions to Tidal Basin and Hains Point

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May 2018