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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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Activities: Walking
Description: Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national...
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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A fantastic natural environment--for free

If you have been to DC before and want to see something different, take a trip to the National Arboretum. It's in the city, but you really do need a car to get there. Highlights... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Columbia, MD
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Columbia, MD
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

If you have been to DC before and want to see something different, take a trip to the National Arboretum. It's in the city, but you really do need a car to get there. Highlights are the bonsai collection, the herb gardens, the classical columns that were previous at the capitol building. If you go in the spring, you can... More 

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Wall Township, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If you like plants, there is nothing not to like here. There is no charge. It have many exotic plants nicely displayed in different environments. Each room has a different climate so that the plants thrive. They are nicely marked. I wish they had a gift shop because we would have loved to try to grow some of them ourselves.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We have taken many friends to the Arboretum. Almost no one seems to know about it. It is always a great tour. The exotic plants are phenomenal. It is conveniently located near the capital building and you can combine a visit here with several other Smithsonian museums as well as the Capitol building. Highly recommended.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Trees from all over the world, a bonsai garden including some staggeringly old examples and a koi pond, filled with curious, open mouthed fish.

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Lawrence, New York
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

It was a snow-covered ground when we visited but we stopped to see the bonsai which were fabulous. Some of the bonsai are as old as being from the 1700's. They truly are impressive. We took a drive through the arboretum and I could just imagine how it looks when everything is in bloom. And it's free!

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This is a small arboretum (certainly by National standards) but it does offer an interesting collection of plants. Visiting Kew Gardens or even Honolulu's Foster Botanical Garden will impress you much more than the National Arboretum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I love the arboretum and try to take out of town visitors to visit whenever I can. It's huge and you could easily spend an entiere day herw exploring if you like to be outside. It is free to get in but it is definitely worth it to pay for the guided trolley ride (about $5) to see the whole... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. A great place to spend the day during any season, and a great location near the Capital.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a great Park to spent a few hours inside, if you are fed up of the city-life. Even if not is awesome to stay there. I was visiting in the morning to spot some winter birds and was impressed how colourful it still was, red, orange and yellow I love this season. Good botanical garden, plants are labeled... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

This park is extraordinary!!! It is large BUT they have a tour trolley that you can take to the main attractions! Very very interesting & great to take that special loved one. They even have a Roman-Style wading look where you can cool off during those hot summer days. Feels like you left DC and arrived in The Garden of... More 

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