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West Potomac Park

West Potomac Park is home to several national memorials and monuments, as well as the shoreline of the Tidal Basin, which turns a frothy pink and white each spring when 1,628 Japanese cherry trees burst into bloom.

Inside the borders of the park, you can stroll through Constitution Gardens, a shady oasis of cobbled paths winding around a large duck pond. Commemorate the bravery of our servicemen and women at the Vietnam Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the World War II Memorial.

Walk along the reflecting pool in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial. Recall the four event-filled terms served by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Stand on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial and watch families ply the Tidal Basin in pale blue paddle boats.

In addition to the major memorials, you'll come across many lesser-known statues and monuments in West Potomac Park that commemorate the dedication and sacrifices of many groups through America's history.

West Potomac Park is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit any time of year, but it's especially popular in spring. For two weeks, usually early in April, the cherry blossoms peak. A stiff wind can fill the air with delicate pink and white petals.

The annual Cherry Blossom Festival attracts thousands of visitors, who take photos under the low branches of the cherry trees, picnic in the park, and celebrate the renewal of spring.

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