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U.S. National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20005
202-245-2726
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Ranked #28 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails
Activities: Walking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Washington DC
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of DC's treasures! One of my favorite places to take visitors. Nothing could be more pleasant than strolling through the bonsai, some of which are 500 years old, contemplating the beauty and admiring the dedication that has gone into producing these miniature works of art. And don't miss the amazing suiseki nearby (these are naturally occurring rocks... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great to hang out during a long dog days of summer. Just god forbid you let you dog off the leash in the very backside parking lot with no one around they will call three security vehicles on you like you committed a felony. But I chalk that up to an idiot staffer with a power complex. I very nice... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A great place to enjoy a break from the busy Mall museums and to stroll around the colorful, eye-opening multi-regional plantings. Great for warming up on a chill winter day in the wonderful hot-house.

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Fair Haven, VT
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

A friend told us to check out the National Arboretum and especially the Bonsai areas. So we did this past week. What a delight! First we explored the Herb gardens. Who could ever guess there are so many varieties of lavender or of pepper plants? There are many exotic plants I had never seen, and numerous theme gardens that opened... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The U.S. National Arboretum is a Department of Agriculture research/education facility and a 'living' museum. While most people, locals as well as tourists, know about the Botanical Gardens, the Abroretum is usually 'off the radar'. I recommend driving as a car lets you cruise the 446 acres and, if you're there in the heat of the summer, will help you... More

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Queenstown, Maryland
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86 reviews 86 reviews
45 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Wonderful place to stop and smell the incredible roses that bloom in the late spring/early summer…Other beauties include hydrangeas, climbing clematis on tasteful trellises .There is a gorgeous stone wall with the paintings of every state flower in the country...

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kingston, ny
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

we went here and i was sorry that i wasted my time fighting thru traffic to get here. not much to see, we spent about an hour and i would not recommend this place to visit while in DC. SOOOOOO much more to see and do in DC that is more interesting than this place

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San Francisco, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

we didn't realize that this isn't really walkable. Make sure you come with your own car. Its so big but there are nice areas with plants/trees from all over the world, definetly worth a few hours visit. good nature walking too!

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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was a bit of a disappointment; not that it didn't have a lot of plants to see, but I've seen more extensive arboreteums in my life. That being said, everything was clearly marked by each plant and compacted into a relatively small area so it didn't take a lot of time to view.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The variety of plants is almost unbelieveable Delighted that they could pack so many things into that space. Everything is well marked and very informative. Glad that I had worn comfortable shoes. I wished that I could have spent more than one day visiting the arboretum.

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