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United States National Arboretum

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National Arboretum, Washington
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  • Angel F.
    "Bonsai Garden is amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Horacio C.
    "sure to climb the hill to the west of the Capitol columns"(2 Tips)
    Wahid M.
    "Don't miss out the amazing Bonsai Museum!"(2 Tips)
    National Wildlife Federation
    "... Arboretum offers full moon hikes that allow you to hike through meadows and..."(2 Tips)
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  • Daycation DC
    Daycation DCJuly 10, 2013
    Home to dozens of different types of flowering cherry trees during the spring, the arboretum is also a great place away from the Tidal Basin with family. Don't miss the original Capitol Columns! Read more
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYApril 1, 2010
    The arboretum was established in 1927 by an act of Congress & functions as a major center of botanical research. It has a library with 10,000 volumes & approx. 90 publications on botanical literature.
    Upvoted Sep 25
  • Dizzie T.
    Dizzie TotNovember 23, 2013
    vast land of different types of trees and greenery.different trails to choose from & pavillions to see. its well preserved and its free! great for walks,picnics, quiet time & hangouts
  • Wrigley F.
    Went to plant sale here. Totally set up for drivers, not transit riders or bikers. Entrance gate is dangerous with no dedicated lane or sidewalk. Nice selection of plants at the sale.
  • Rebel G.
    Rebel GyalAugust 10, 2014
    Very relaxing place to study at the benches or take your dog for a walk/run. But watch out for snakes!
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie H.November 3, 2014
    Beautiful grounds with different things to see all year round, even in the middle of winter. Particularly nice cherry blossoms and fall foliage
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightSeptember 25, 2015
    People get turned off by its surroundings, but this place is truly a hidden gem! Go in the spring for the azalea gardens in full bloom!
  • Horacio C.
    Horacio CarrenoNovember 3, 2013
    Make sure to climb the hill to the west of the Capitol columns for a great view!
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 23, 2011
    Did you know? The arboretum has a National State Tree Grove, where all 50 official state trees are represented - each acquired from the state it represents. The oak is the official tree of the U.S. Read more
  • Kim B.
    Kim B.August 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The outdoor space behind the Visitor's Center is one of my favorite places to read. It's usually not too busy or loud and there are several benches and shade on a warm day!
  • The P.
    The ProfessorAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Viisit during the weekdays, fewer people so you can take in the scenery and enjoy the park without the crowds.
  • Emma M.
    Emma McTagueDecember 22, 2015
    Because it's sort of out of the way, there's never a lot of people here. Great when you want to get away but don't want to drive that far.
  • DC Preservation League
    DC Preservation LeagueAugust 11, 2011
    The national arboretum of the United States, is a major element of the city's park system. It is the noted work of landscape Federick Law Olmstead, Jr.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Make sure to have some change for the vending machine to feed the huge koi in the pond behind the administration building. Powered by ParentsConnect.com
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaJuly 31, 2015
    Walk to capitol steps! One of the few picturesque places that isn't inundated with crowds.
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AllamNovember 5, 2013
    Bonsai Garden is a must. Go there first then tour around.
  • CityTop20.com
    CityTop20.comJanuary 17, 2011
    All the amazing assorted bonsai trees are worth a look. Don't miss 22 original colums from the Capitol Building!!
  • M.C. R.
    M.C. R.April 8, 2012
    Be sure to give yourself time there before it closes at 5
  • Brian S.
    Brian SchildrothMay 27, 2013
    Nice place to picnic but leave the yard games at home per park rules
  • Wahid M.
    Wahid MohiuddinMay 6, 2013
    Don't miss out the amazing Bonsai Museum!
  • melissa m.
    melissa mossApril 15, 2013
    Such a hidden gem in the District. Love this place!
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Find the pauper hidden in the trees.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SaksOctober 27, 2009
    Take your dog. Lots of smells to explore. Wide paths, lots of fellow dogs. I could walk around here for hours and not see all it has to offer.
  • Mei-Ling L.
    Mei-Ling L.April 23, 2010
    The Bonsai Garden and old Capitol steps are my favorite. Find a nook in the Azalea or Dogwood gardens and have a picnic. Read more
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Catlin Chinese Elm, in training since 1976.
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Willowleaf Fig. In training since 1974.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    The National Arboretum offers full moon hikes that allow you to hike through meadows and forests at night
  • Romelo N.
    There's an area to have a picnic...very beautiful
  • Maria Helena C.
    Maria Helena CMay 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bring a picnic and your camera. Breathe. Leave some of your heavy load behind. Read more
  • Jonathan C.
    Jonathan CoffmanApril 4, 2010
    National Bonsai museum is amazing (200 year old trees growing in pots!). Also don't miss the National Herb Garden and take in the smells.
  • Dominic O.
    Dominic O'ConnorJune 17, 2012
    The $4 tram is well-worth it
  • Marc H.
    Marc HillFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great for a nice run with your dog!!
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Chinese Banyan. In training since 1975.
  • Jon S.
    Jon ShecketMarch 8, 2014
    Winter time: At least the columns are in bloom.
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Buttonwood. In training since 1975.
  • Cory C.
    Cory ChurchesApril 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    go running in the arboretum. Great location, awesome scenery and some challenging short hills
  • Cindi R.
    Cindi RammApril 11, 2010
    In the spring it's a fabulous setting for a wedding...so fragrant and romantic.
  • Angel F.
    Angel FloresMay 27, 2013
    Bonsai Garden is amazing!
  • Anne H.
    Anne HardmanApril 24, 2013
    Plant sale April. 26-27, check FONA web site!
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.
    Beautiful, enlightening & FREE
  • John S.
    Quietest place in the city
  • Gary S.
    Gary ShoopSeptember 15, 2013
    Great place to ride a bike.
  • ShannonRenee M.
    Take the tram tour to learn the history of U.S. National Arboretum. Read more
  • Ariel L.
    Ariel L.August 20, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Say hi to the Gonzaga cross country team if you see them running by!
  • ShannonRenee M.
    Visit during the Spring to see the azalea garden. Read more
  • Ren H.
    Ren HarnJune 8, 2013
    Bring water!
  • Jonathan H.
    Jonathan HensleyJanuary 28, 2010
    Do a little geocaching... There is at least one cache to find here... Watch out for the sprinklers tho!
  • alice r.
    alice richardsonJuly 30, 2011
    total hidden gem... Read more
  • Jazmine C.
    Jazmine CousartJuly 17, 2015
    Ugly😏😏😒
  • Denizhan D.
    Denizhan DuranApril 27, 2013
    So many trees!
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