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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 #36 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
Activities: Walking
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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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Zurich, Switzerland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
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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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153 reviews 153 reviews
48 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
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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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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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61 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 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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Dover, Delaware
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

A beautiful sylvan retreat in the city, but what makes it amazing are the National Herb Garden and the National Bonsai collection - both are near the main administration building. You can also see the relocated columns from the east side of the Capital on a hill in the distance. Worth getting away from the usual tourist attractions for an... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Arboretum is the perfect way to spend a lovely afternoon in DC while feeling like you are in the country side. I am a student living in the city and visited here for the first time last weekend and it was a relaxing and refreshing day. We went by car so I cannot say how accessible it is by... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Even though it's located less than 3 miles from downtown DC, it feels like you're in a land far from the city. Nine miles of roadways wind through and connect the numerous gardens and sights of the US National Arboretum. This is a great place to go for a day trip if you enjoy nature. There are many places to... More 

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