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United States National Arboretum

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National Arboretum, Washington
  • Mei-Ling L.
    "The Bonsai Garden and old Capitol steps are my favorite."(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
  • 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.
  • 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
    Visitors can stroll past greenery that’s both familiar and exotic, including gardens of day lilies, daffodils, and peonies, or lounge beneath rows of trees in the Japanese Woodland. Read more
    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.
  • Kim B.
    Kim B.August 22, 2010
    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!
  • 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
    ThePurplePassport.comAugust 23, 2012
    Set in Northeast DC and with over 400 acres of gardens and lush greenery, the National Arboretum is one of my favorite places to go for a walk or just have some quiet time. Read more
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
    ThePurplePassport.comAugust 21, 2012
    This park is a bit tricky to visit if you don’t have a car, but it is so worth it, with over 400 acres of nature to lose yourself in. Think of it as a natural way to detox! Read more
  • 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
  • Horacio C.
    Horacio CarrenoNovember 3, 2013
    Make sure to climb the hill to the west of the Capitol columns for a great view!
  • The P.
    The ProfessorAugust 16, 2011
    Viisit during the weekdays, fewer people so you can take in the scenery and enjoy the park without the crowds.
  • 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
  • National Wildlife Federation
    The National Arboretum offers full moon hikes that allow you to hike through meadows and forests at night
  • 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.
  • 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.
    CityTop20.comJanuary 17, 2011
    All the amazing assorted bonsai trees are worth a look. Don't miss 22 original colums from the Capitol Building!!
  • Maria Helena C.
    Maria Helena CMay 18, 2011
    Bring a picnic and your camera. Breathe. Leave some of your heavy load behind. Read more
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaJuly 31, 2015
    Walk to capitol steps! One of the few picturesque places that isn't inundated with crowds.
  • M.C. R.
    M.C. R.April 8, 2012
    Be sure to give yourself time there before it closes at 5
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah AllamNovember 5, 2013
    Bonsai Garden is a must. Go there first then tour around.
  • Cindi R.
    Cindi RammApril 11, 2010
    In the spring it's a fabulous setting for a fragrant and romantic.
  • Cory C.
    Cory ChurchesApril 30, 2010
    go running in the arboretum. Great location, awesome scenery and some challenging short hills
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • ShannonRenee M.
    Take the tram tour to learn the history of U.S. National Arboretum. Read more
  • Dominic O.
    Dominic O'ConnorJune 17, 2012
    The $4 tram is well-worth it
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Find the pauper hidden in the trees.
  • Ariel L.
    Ariel L.August 20, 2010
    Say hi to the Gonzaga cross country team if you see them running by!
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Catlin Chinese Elm, in training since 1976.
  • ShannonRenee M.
    Visit during the Spring to see the azalea garden. Read more
  • melissa m.
    melissa mossApril 15, 2013
    Such a hidden gem in the District. Love this place!
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Willowleaf Fig. In training since 1974.
  • Marc H.
    Marc HillFebruary 18, 2012
    Great for a nice run with your dog!!
  • Anne H.
    Anne HardmanApril 24, 2013
    Plant sale April. 26-27, check FONA web site!
  • Jon S.
    Jon ShecketMarch 8, 2014
    Winter time: At least the columns are in bloom.
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Chinese Banyan. In training since 1975.
  • Daniel
    DanielDecember 2, 2012
    Buttonwood. In training since 1975.
  • Angel F.
    Angel FloresMay 27, 2013
    Bonsai Garden is amazing!
  • Gary S.
    Gary ShoopSeptember 15, 2013
    Great place to ride a bike.
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.
    Beautiful, enlightening & FREE
  • Ren H.
    Ren HarnJune 8, 2013
    Bring water!
  • John S.
    John Schubel3 weeks ago
    Quietest place in the city
  • alice r.
    alice richardsonJuly 30, 2011
    total hidden gem... Read more
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