United States National Arboretum

Garden and Park · National Arboretum
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, United States
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    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)
    ShannonRenee M.
    "Visit during the Spring to see the azalea garden."(2 Tips)
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  • Norie W.

    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!

    Norie Wright · September 25
  • Ebrahim B.

    Walk to capitol steps! One of the few picturesque places that isn't inundated with crowds.

  • Jazmine C.


    Jazmine Cousart · July 17
  • Stephanie H.

    Beautiful grounds with different things to see all year round, even in the middle of winter. Particularly nice cherry blossoms and fall foliage

    Stephanie H. · November 3, 2014
  • Rebel G.

    Very relaxing place to study at the benches or take your dog for a walk/run. But watch out for snakes!

    Rebel Gyal · August 10, 2014
  • Jon S.

    Winter time: At least the columns are in bloom.

    Jon Shecket · March 8, 2014
  • Dizzie T.

    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

    Dizzie Tot · November 23, 2013
  • Sarah A.

    Bonsai Garden is a must. Go there first then tour around.

    Sarah Allam · November 5, 2013
  • Horacio C.

    Make sure to climb the hill to the west of the Capitol columns for a great view!

    Horacio Carreno · November 3, 2013
  • Gary S.

    Great place to ride a bike.

    Gary Shoop · September 15, 2013
  • Daycation DC

    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

    Daycation DC · July 10, 2013
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    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

    ThePurplePassport.com · June 27, 2013
  • Ren H.

    Bring water!

    Ren Harn · June 8, 2013
  • Angel F.

    Bonsai Garden is amazing!

    Angel Flores · May 27, 2013
  • Brian S.

    Nice place to picnic but leave the yard games at home per park rules

    Brian Schildroth · May 27, 2013
  • Wahid M.

    Don't miss out the amazing Bonsai Museum!

    Wahid Mohiuddin · May 6, 2013
  • Denizhan D.

    So many trees!

    Denizhan Duran · April 27, 2013
  • Anne H.

    Plant sale April. 26-27, check FONA web site!

    Anne Hardman · April 24, 2013
  • melissa m.

    Such a hidden gem in the District. Love this place!

    melissa moss · April 15, 2013
  • Daniel

    Find the pauper hidden in the trees.

    Daniel · December 2, 2012
  • Daniel

    Willowleaf Fig. In training since 1974.

    Daniel · December 2, 2012
  • Daniel

    Chinese Banyan. In training since 1975.

    Daniel · December 2, 2012
  • Daniel

    Buttonwood. In training since 1975.

    Daniel · December 2, 2012
  • Daniel

    Catlin Chinese Elm, in training since 1976.

    Daniel · December 2, 2012
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    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

    ThePurplePassport.com · August 23, 2012
  • ThePurplePassport.com

    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

    ThePurplePassport.com · August 21, 2012
  • Dominic O.

    The $4 tram is well-worth it

    Dominic O'Connor · June 17, 2012
  • Josei ==> @ShoesNFood w.

    Beautiful, enlightening & FREE

  • M.C. R.

    Be sure to give yourself time there before it closes at 5

    M.C. R. · April 8, 2012
  • Marc H.

    Great for a nice run with your dog!!

    Marc Hill · February 18, 2012
  • The P.

    Viisit during the weekdays, fewer people so you can take in the scenery and enjoy the park without the crowds.

    The Professor · August 16, 2011
  • DC Preservation League

    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.

    DC Preservation League · August 11, 2011
  • alice r.

    total hidden gem... Read more

    alice richardson · July 30, 2011
  • K12 Inc

    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

    K12 Inc · June 23, 2011
  • Maria Helena C.

    Bring a picnic and your camera. Breathe. Leave some of your heavy load behind. Read more

    Maria Helena C · May 18, 2011
  • CityTop20.com

    All the amazing assorted bonsai trees are worth a look. Don't miss 22 original colums from the Capitol Building!!

    CityTop20.com · January 17, 2011
  • Kim B.

    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!

    Kim B. · August 22, 2010
  • Ariel L.

    Say hi to the Gonzaga cross country team if you see them running by!

    Ariel L. · August 20, 2010
  • Dora

    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

    Dora · July 21, 2010
  • Cory C.

    go running in the arboretum. Great location, awesome scenery and some challenging short hills

    Cory Churches · April 30, 2010
  • ShannonRenee M.

    Visit during the Spring to see the azalea garden. Read more

    ShannonRenee Mouton Gray · April 26, 2010
  • ShannonRenee M.

    Take the tram tour to learn the history of U.S. National Arboretum. Read more

    ShannonRenee Mouton Gray · April 26, 2010
  • Mei-Ling L.

    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

    Mei-Ling L. · April 23, 2010
  • Cindi R.

    In the spring it's a fabulous setting for a wedding...so fragrant and romantic.

    Cindi Ramm · April 11, 2010
  • Jonathan C.

    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.

    Jonathan Coffman · April 4, 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.

    HISTORY · April 1, 2010
  • Jonathan H.

    Do a little geocaching... There is at least one cache to find here... Watch out for the sprinklers tho!

    Jonathan Hensley · January 28, 2010
  • National Wildlife Federation

    The National Arboretum offers full moon hikes that allow you to hike through meadows and forests at night

    National Wildlife Federation · January 8, 2010
  • Lauren S.

    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.

    Lauren Saks · October 27, 2009
  • nick v.

    Take a full moon hike.

    nick violi · March 25, 2009

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