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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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Fri - Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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 must place to visit especially in Spring

Coming to D.C. with your own car? Make sure that the U.S. National Arboretum is in your agenda for place to visit. There are different displays of trees, flowers, and many other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Coming to D.C. with your own car? Make sure that the U.S. National Arboretum is in your agenda for place to visit. There are different displays of trees, flowers, and many other types of forest all year round. There are plenty of parking spaces and lots around the Arboretum unless you go during special event or tree blooming. During my... More 

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Woodstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

hard to find parking, but everything is free once you find a spot, easy to navigate and lots to see, wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water and snacks- there is nothing in the park.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The District of Columbia is certainly very small, but there is a beautiful park on the outskirts of it that makes you feel as if you're in the countryside: the National Arboretum. The conception is a wonderful mix of natural settings and controlled gardening that's always an immense pleasure to stroll through. I think the most enjoyable things to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This site is the most tranquil 500 acres you will ever find. The variety and beauty contained is awesome. We relaxed with a picnic lunch and continued walking the entire site. Home to Bald Eagles and the pillars from the original White House. an entire section devoted to bonsai and every imaginable species of trees and plants. Deer were very... More 

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Mc Lean
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

A friend invited me to visit the Arboretum for the Azalea Walk - it was spectacular! While we were there we visited the Bonsai Museum, which is housed on the Arboretum grounds. It was World Bonsai day so took in a 90 min demonstration on bonsai - it was fascinating and I plan to take bonsai sculpting classes as a... More 

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Cape Canaveral
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Being a Floridian, I went in search of spring in the DC area in late April/early May. I found it at the National Arboretum. I'm embarrassed to say I lived in the DC area for more than 13 years and never visited this wonderful place. Beautiful natural walks and more formal areas like the bonsai display. But the azaleas blooming... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This gem is completely away from all the main attractions of DC. This was my first trip here. Azaleas were outstanding and the bonsai collection was the best that I have seen in the U.S. I was fascinated by the bee population centered around the bonsai area and their busy routines. If you are afraid of bees this area may... More 

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Lecanto, Florida
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Washington has been our second home for many periods over the years. But we never had visited the National Arboretum, despite passing by it dozens of times. Interesting place, but not that easy to see. You cannot take the tram except on Sat and Sun--we were there on a late April Mon. It was a good time of year for... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Our family drove out on a chilly spring day to see the bonsai collection and flowering trees. My older elementary kids really liked the bonsais, taking photos and wondering if maybe they could try this at home. We brought a picnic and sat at the designated tables at the National Grove of State Trees area. That's a curious spot: the... More 

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College Park, Maryland
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I've been here with my son 3 times now, and we love it - discover something new every time. It's a fantastic place to go get the feeling of being out of the city for a great outdoor walk. We always go see the columns (because they're awesome), and we're making the Asian gardens part of our regular routine as... More 

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