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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 #32 of 249 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The U.S. National Arboretum is a Department of Agriculture research/education facility and a 'living' museum. While most people, locals as well as tourists, know about the Botanical Gardens, the Abroretum is usually 'off the radar'. I recommend driving as a car lets you cruise the 446 acres and, if you're there in the heat of the summer, will help you... More

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Queenstown, Maryland
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44 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Wonderful place to stop and smell the incredible roses that bloom in the late spring/early summer…Other beauties include hydrangeas, climbing clematis on tasteful trellises .There is a gorgeous stone wall with the paintings of every state flower in the country...

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kingston, ny
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

we went here and i was sorry that i wasted my time fighting thru traffic to get here. not much to see, we spent about an hour and i would not recommend this place to visit while in DC. SOOOOOO much more to see and do in DC that is more interesting than this place

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San Francisco, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

we didn't realize that this isn't really walkable. Make sure you come with your own car. Its so big but there are nice areas with plants/trees from all over the world, definetly worth a few hours visit. good nature walking too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This was a bit of a disappointment; not that it didn't have a lot of plants to see, but I've seen more extensive arboreteums in my life. That being said, everything was clearly marked by each plant and compacted into a relatively small area so it didn't take a lot of time to view.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The variety of plants is almost unbelieveable Delighted that they could pack so many things into that space. Everything is well marked and very informative. Glad that I had worn comfortable shoes. I wished that I could have spent more than one day visiting the arboretum.

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Pleasanton, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited the National Arboretum because it was one of our favorite places in spring in the early 90s when we lived in DC. Unfortunately, we got caught in a rainstorm. Even more unfortunately, we thought the tram tour would be a good way to see the site in the rain. The tram tour is long--almost one hour--and the side... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This covers hundreds of acres. There are miles of trails but you can see an awful lot if you stay in your car. There is something always in bloom. I have shot countless photos over the years. This is a wonderful spot to bring your family or several hundred people for a picnic. There are lots of small parking lots... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The collections of plants are amazing. The Japanese and Chinese gardens are very beautiful. The herb garden is the largest and it is very nicely labelled.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Spent a lovely afternoon walking around the Arboretum. Went specificlaly to see the amazing Banzai Tree exhibit which we all loved. The great pools of gold fish were a special attraction to our 2 grandchildren as were the childrens gardens. Loved the native plants and history as well. Beautiful!!

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