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U.S. National Arboretum

Address: 3501 New York Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number: 202-245-2726
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Ranked #28 of 187 Activities in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Owner description: Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national treasure contains 446...
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Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking
Hours:
Fri - Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
27 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 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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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This a real wonder! Way beyond the botanical garden. With many acres of wonderful forest, plants, and flowers. A must for a Washington Visit but not easy to reach by public transportation.

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Key West, FL
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154 reviews 154 reviews
48 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This place is expansive with so much to see. We could have spent our entire day here. You will need a camera, wear your comfy walking shoes because there are miles and miles and miles, they allow your walk your puppies here, take a picnic, go to spend some romantic time or by yourself to contemplate life. I fell in... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Though I've lived in Washington for 8 years, it was only recently that I made it to the National Arboretum. This was clearly a mistake, because it's one of the best things in this city. The one downside is that it's only accessible via car in a city that is otherwise heavily geared toward public transit. We live in Shaw,... More 

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Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I've been to DC many times but this was the first time I visited the Arboretum and I'm so glad I did!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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453 reviews 453 reviews
65 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

A green oasis in the city of DC. Admission is free. It opens from 8 am to 5 pm. The most popular feature is the National Capitol Columns originally supported the old East Portico of the United States Capitol (1828). The columns were removed during expansion of the Capitol in 1958. It is nearly a must stop for all visitors.... More 

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