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U.S. National Arboretum

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Great Alternative for Cherry Blossoms

While the Tidal Basin gets all of the attention, the U.S. National Arboretum is one of the best... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
So much natural beauty in an amazingly lovely setting.

We spent several hours wandering around the National Arboretum and meandering along its colorful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national treasure contains 446 acres of fabulous flora and fauna and is especially known for its Asian, azalea and conifer collections.
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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While the Tidal Basin gets all of the attention, the U.S. National Arboretum is one of the best places to beat the crowds and still see DC's famous Cherry Blossoms. You can take your bikes, pack a picnic and even let the kids run wild....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent several hours wandering around the National Arboretum and meandering along its colorful paths. The azalea grove was in full bloom (May) and the reds, pinks and oranges all mingled in wild bursts of color. There were majestic stands of trees (such as State...More

Thank PeninaPaula
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hidden away from all of the DC monuments and crowds...a beautiful green space to wander or drive thru. You can drive around or stop and take a short hike thru gardens. Bonsai, Japanese, Herbs...all kinds. Like most DC attractions...it's free.

Thank geekanddork
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looks like this place might need some upgrades or something to WOW you. It seemed small and unfortunately nothing that hit me, but it was nice and a good place to visit but.....The area seems nice, from the wildflowers to herbs to the bonsai and...More

Thank R84W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is always a great treat! You must visit the Arboretum to experience this wonderful collection of nature.

Thank DrWindsor
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

This exhibit is hard to reach without a car. I took the metro to about two miles away and then had to get an Uber to the arboretum. Buses are possible. Foolishly I did not have an umbrella or shade and it was a rather...More

1  Thank maryfinnegan
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We saw only the bonsais and the columns, when an afternoon downpour cut our visit short. The arboretum is stunning, though almost all the pools were drained last week. Hopefully they will be filled up soon. The gift shop employee also recommended the Asian Collection...More

Thank Audrey G
Reviewed 8 August 2018

the arboretum is a wonderful collection of natural trees and meadows, a collection of bonsai, and other rare plants and the famous capitol columns from where you can see down into the city. A relatively unknown treasure

Thank 978herbertt
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

A fabulous display of plants, trees and fauna, We were educated about the history of the bonsai by Jim, an extremely knowledgeable volunteer. Too much for us to take in everything on this 91F afternoon. The unusual columns have a history going back to 1928...More

Thank pd32
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Great for jogging or walking around getting lost. Lots of trees for cover. Dog friendly.

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Charles L
18 May 2018|
Response from Edison G | Reviewed this property |
No, but in warm months there is a snack truck.
16 May 2018|
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Response from John B | Reviewed this property |
University of Maryland in college park is about 20 minutes by car in good traffic.
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Response from Marc N | Reviewed this property |
Free parking everywhere. There are many parking lots near each collection, but you can park on the side of the road almost everywhere. Signs will tell you if you can't park somewhere, but basically you can pull over (not too... More