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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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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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After all the hot sun, the museum exhibits, the monuments, and the worst of all, the tourist crowd, this is the place to be. A stroll among the herb garden and the bonsai... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

After all the hot sun, the museum exhibits, the monuments, and the worst of all, the tourist crowd, this is the place to be. A stroll among the herb garden and the bonsai garden just around the administration building can already take your frustration away. (Look for the smallest hummingbird, the size of a bee, I found one in the... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We visited for two hours on a weekday in mid-August. All of the pools were drained for maintenance and, more disappointing, many of the gardens were overrun with weeds - serious weeds!!! As we walked through the azalea gardens, it reminded me of some third world country exhibit. Admission is free, of course, so there is some value. I will... More 

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Ripon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We go here every year, often for the Azealas that blooms so beautfully in the spring, and near the US mother's day. But, there is always something blooming, year round, and the tress are alos amazing. it is a huge park, and not too over manicured, whihc I really like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I used to go every season, but haven't been in a long time despite driving by regularly. Driving is really the only good way to get there, but it's worth spending a few hours exploring. A lovely place to spend a day. Worth visiting during Azalea season (if it doesn't make you sneeze too much!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

From the old Capitol Building pillars to the peaceful walks and serene Bonsai garden, this is the place to hike and picnic and chill. Should be as beautiful as in the fall as it was lush this week in the summer

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Relax and enjoy the surroundings of nature, along with sculpture and columns. Original columns from the Capital placed here after the expansion in 1958. Bonsai anyone? Mini artfully manipulated trees to see, including a Persimmon that was originally presented to the late Ronald Reagan, 40th President of The United States. Hope you make it soon!!

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Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

There are many wonderful arboretums in the world (should that be "arboreta"?) Very peaceful, and some superb specimens. Several of the trees have interesting stories; this is my favorite. This now-390-year-old Japanese pine tree, which miraculously survived Hiroshim despite being just over two miles away from the center of the blast. In 1976, the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., received... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The National Arboretum is a stunning haven from busy D.C.! We loved the herb gardens, the bonsai trees, and hiking through the gorgeous wooded areas -- in addition to having fun around the old White House columns. There's also a lovely children's garden. Even in the middle of the summer, the Arboretum wasn't that crowded and it has plenty of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The bonsai trees are amazing. Hiking around in the different sections is a lot of fun but use a map nobody there will bother to help you. They threat you like an inconvenience. Don't let the unfriendly staff scare you off. This place is worth the trip.

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Knoxville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Visited National Arboretum with nephew David: a stroll through nature resonated with the paths and unexpected turns and surprises of a good conversation. We particularly enjoyed the Asian collections and a stroll along the Anacostia River. After a while we ended up at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum – Wow: I’ve always been drawn to bonsai trees and the... More 

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