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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 #38 of 253 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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Saline, Michigan
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My guess is that travelers to D.C. will not find the time to visit the National Arboretum. There is simply to much to see in the capital. If you are a resident, exhausted from the museums and monuments or in need of relaxation after to many cocktails, then you need the Arboretum. Grab some grub for a picnic and if... More

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Knoxville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We visited the US Arboretum on a sunny morning of Sept. 12th and could have stayed there all day. The Bonsai exhibit is inspiring with many miniature trees more than 80 years old and still healthy. This site is just in back of the Fairfield Inn and Holiday Inn on New York Avenue NE and can be walked in just... More

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alexandria, va
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I love wandering around the Arboretum located off of N.Y. Avenue, D.C. One of the grungiest areas of the District, once inside the giant iron gates you will feel transported into at least another time zone if not state of mind. The columns are by far the best attraction. There's a lot of information on plaques around the structure of... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I walking for miles amid groves of trees, ferns, wildflowers, herbs, medicinal plants, and delicate bonsai (some of them VERY old). There are plenty of picturesque shots to have a picnic or just sit and read or meditate. Despite the fact that I was there on a Sunday with perfect weather, I was often fully alone with the flora and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This arboretum has miles of area to cover. Start with the bonsai collection (I don't really care for bonsai but this area is impressive). Check out the herb/healing garden then drive to various spots to enjoy different habitats. Native plant gardens, children's garden, trees from the states area. I wish I had allotted more time. It's closed Tuesday - Thursday... More

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Beijing, Beijing, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

An absolute must see if you like bonsai trees. Well kept gardens with a wide variety of things to see from trees, herbs, to bonsais. The bonsai is exhibit is second to none of any collection that I have ever seen and has some of the most impressive pieces in the world. It is also free. Worth coming for a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We have been visiting the aboretum for years. The highlight was always buying fish pellets and feeding the scores of koi fish in the beautiful pond. We are so sad that it is gone. There is no information on the USNA web site about whether it will be back.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I love coming to the Arboretum, particularly after stopping at Union Market to pick up some picnic fixings. The grove of State Trees is the best place to grab a table and enjoy the wide open area of the park. It's very quiet and a bit out of the city, so you can relax and enjoy your picnic in peace.... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This place is not very well cared for. The waterworks near the visitor center are dry, several garden paths are closed because they are in a state of disrepair, the lawn near the visitor center is quite dead, and it is evident that ordinary garden maintenance like weeding, trimming and deadheading is not happening very frequently if at all. In... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Beautiful facility and would be great for a wedding or private party. We found it teeming with visitors and hot. Although the foliage was beautiful, our kids were crying a begging to leave within minutes of arrival.

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