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U.S. National Arboretum

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Address: 3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number: 202-245-2726
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Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this...

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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The highlight of our trip

Yet again I drug my husband along on a trip. When I was exploring ideas for DC this time, I found the bonsai museum here. Hubby loves bonsai, so this was our first stop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Karen V
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Yet again I drug my husband along on a trip. When I was exploring ideas for DC this time, I found the bonsai museum here. Hubby loves bonsai, so this was our first stop. Somehow or another we managed to end up in DC on Thanksgiving weekend with temperatures in the upper 60's. Perfect for walking outside. We wandered over... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Arboretum is an amazing refuge in the city where you can see a beautiful bonsai collection, the original columns of the US Capitol Building, and, of course beautiful trees and shrubs. It's location on gritty New York Ave is a little tricky and hides the beauty within. Don't park near the front gate -- continue driving to the... More 

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Clinton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in NE DC and have some time to burn stop by the National Arboretum. Trust me you will not regret it, Whether you walk, jog, drive, or ride you are in for a treat. If you only have 30 or less checkout the Bonsai collection. If you have a couple of hours or longer just go explore.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Arboretum doesn't get enough play from visitors or locals. It's a special place to go for a walk, and a truly special place to enjoy a picnic. There are tons of special flowers and plants to see, and the old Capitol columns cannot be oversold. It's worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little place to grab a bite to eat and sit among the beautiful plants and trees. Not spot to get away for a little bit.

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Elkridge, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the best arboretum's I've seen. It is well planned and taken care of. Spend time in all the many gardens from different climates. Exotic and tropical are absolutely beautiful.

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Hampton, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Eh. It was good and I loved the ruins (columns from the original White House before they were replaced with the current marble ones). We drove through the park as it was pretty hot. I appreciated you could drive through, walk through, bike through etc. Pets allowed. Surrounding area of the arboretum not so great (kind of industrial and run... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

If you like to walk in beautiful and natural settings, then you will like the National Arboretum. This place is amazing. Anytime of the year is the right time to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

As a resident of Tucson, seeing so many northeastern hardwoods, not to mention all the specialty trees, is a great thrill. We don't grow many things tall in Tucson (ok, some saguaros can reach 40'), and we just miss the towering oaks that we grew up with in CT and NY. So for a visit to the DC area we... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

A little out of the way, but highly recommended. The bonsai/penjing exhibits were stunning; could spend hours looking at each display. The old Capitol columns were also quite interesting, especially in the Fall.

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