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  • Address: Washington D.C., USA
  • Hours: Open 24 hours a day
  • Admission: Free

From its source in West Virginia to where it empties out in Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River is an area rich in American history, so much that’s often called "the Nation’s River." George Washington, the first President of the United States, was born along the river, and all of Washington, D.C., the nation's capital city, lies within the watershed.

In Washington D.C., the West and East Potomac parks, both downtown and divided by the Tidal Basin, are pleasant, green, cherry-blossomed lined spaces, lovely for walking, picnics, and fishing. West Potomac Park is home to the Constitution Gardens; the Vietnam, Korean, Lincoln, Jefferson, World War II, and FDR memorials; a small island where ducks live; and the Reflecting Pool.

East Potomac Park is more of recreational spot, with picnic grounds, tennis courts, three golf courses, a large swimming pool, and biking and hiking paths. Across the river is Arlington National Cemetery.

Upriver, the Potomac flows through the National Zoological Park; Mount Vernon, the country home of George Washington; and the Great Falls, where the normally placid Potomac cascades 77 feet(24 meters) down a series of beautiful rapids. Parks line both sides of the river.

Practical Info

The park has many access points along its route. All those outside Washington D.C. are best accessed by car. In downtown D.C., the West and East Potomac parks are behind the National Mall, and are easily accessed on foot or car; there is no convenient metro stop near here. Ferries also ply the waters around here, most of which can be found docked on the downtown piers.

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DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch, Washington DC, null
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DC City Tour by Bus with Reserved Monument Entry and Lunch

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Beat the long entrance lines and see some of the most popular attractions in Washington, DC on this full-day sightseeing extravaganza. Enjoy priority entry ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon, Washington DC, Skip-the-Line ... 
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In the Footsteps of George Washington: Day Cruise to Mount Vernon

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Veer from the standard Washington, DC, tourist path with this insightful 6.5-hour Mount Vernon cruise and tour. Your Mount Vernon boat tour kicks off with a ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.91
Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington DC, Day Cruises
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

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Explore the best of Washington DC with a guided bus and walking tour of the city's top sights plus a (seasonal) river cruise out of Georgetown. This 6 hour ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Washington DC Duck Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Washington DC Duck Tour

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See Washington DC from the land and water on a unique duck tour! Traveling in an original WWII amphibious vehicle, this 90-minute tour takes you to the famous ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Washington DC Dinner Cruise, Washington DC, Duck Tours
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Washington DC Dinner Cruise

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Come aboard Washington's premier dining ship! This 2.5-3 hour dinner cruise takes you along the Potomac River for panoramic views of the nation's greatest ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours

From USD $104.64
Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Cruise, Washington DC, Dinner Cruises
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Night Cruise

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See Washington DC like never before on a mesmerizing nighttime cruise along the Potomac River. Admire DC’s most famous monuments and landmarks including the ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $26.00
Washington DC Night Tour with Hotel Pickup, Washington DC, Night Cruises
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Washington DC Night Tour with Hotel Pickup

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See Washington D.C.'s most memorable sites with knowledgeable and passionate local guides, by night! This 4-hour tour uncovers the beauty of Washington D.C. ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00
Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Washington DC Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Experience the Potomac River on a sunset dinner, dancing and sightseeing cruise, where you'll see Washington DC’s famous skyline from a luxury boat. As ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.69
Washington DC Monuments and Memorials Cruise on the Potomac, Washington DC, Dinner Cruises
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Washington DC Monuments and Memorials Cruise on the Potomac

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Admire Washington DC's spectacular monuments and memorials from this boat cruise along the Potomac River. See the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, John F ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials, Washington DC, Day ... 
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Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials

3 star rating: Worth doing 92 Reviews

Enjoy easy transportation across the city by double-decker bus on three sightseeing loops with this hop-on hop-off tour in Washington DC. With a 24-hour pass, ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours from time of redemption

From USD $48.00

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