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Experience Washington, D.C., From a River Viewpoint

Many people who visit our nation’s capital tour the vast selection of sights and museums on foot, on a bus, or in a car. But one of the most interesting views of the city can be found from the deck of a boat instead. Tour operators show visitors as they’ve likely never seen it: from the Potomac River, and it is an intriguing point of view. Here are some of the best Washington, D.C., cruises visitors can enjoy during their stop in the city.

Washington Monuments Cruise

CitySights DC offers a 90-minute roundtrip tour on the Potomac River that takes cruisers past many key monuments in the Washington, D.C., area. The tour boat leaves from either Georgetown or Alexandria, Va., and guests may debark from the opposite location or make a round trip. Children ages 2 and older are welcome on the trip.

Visitors will cruise past key sites such as the Capitol building, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The Jefferson Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery also may be glimpsed from a distance. The river vantage point allows a close-up view of architectural bridge structures such as the Memorial Bridge and the 14th bridge as well.

Each of the Washington, D.C., cruises is narrated by a knowledgeable guide who can also answer questions from cruisers. The boats include both indoor and outdoor spaces, and the tours operate in any type of weather.

Cherry Blossom Festival Cruises

Our nation’s capital is known for its lovely springtime display of cherry trees and their showy blossoms. It’s such an occasion, in fact, that there are Washington, D.C., cruises that allow visitors to see the cheerful displays from the viewpoint of the river. The 2016 event runs from March 20 to April 17 and will include parades, fireworks, a kite festival and more. Here are is a collection of river tours that can show guests the beauty of the blossoms:

• Cruises on the Odyssey, Spirit of Washington or Capital Elite: These tours include brunch, lunch or dinner in addition to a unique vantage point to see the pink explosion of flowers. Some of the tours feature live entertainment as well. These trips depart from the Gangplank Marina at Six and Water streets SW. The 45-minute Cherry Blossom Festival cruise itinerary includes time spent near Hains Point, a known showpiece for the blossom display.
• Cherry Blossom Cruises in Washington, D.C.: Departing from Washington Harbour, these 50-minute cruises highlight the cherry blossoms at West Potomac Park before arriving at the Tidal Basin. Along the way, cruisers can glimpse several Washington, D.C., monuments. The Cherry Blossom River Cruises take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
• Water Taxis: Visitors to the city can take a water taxi ride at any time and get a nice glimpse of cherry blossoms as an added benefit. The taxis leave from Washington Harbour and terminate at the Tidal Basin. Reservations are required.

Visitors who wish to explore the magic of the city through Washington, D.C., cruises have plenty of options, whether they are in town during the National Cherry Blossom Festival or during other months. The viewpoint from the Potomac River offers a unique and intriguing experience any time of year.

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