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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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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 pleasant bit of nature

The naturalized planting are pleasant but not well maintained, not very well marked. This could be a beautiful place if taxpayers invested

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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lanhamumc
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The naturalized planting are pleasant but not well maintained, not very well marked. This could be a beautiful place if taxpayers invested

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love most places on the Mall and have been to them all many times and I find this place the easiest to pass by. It does have a nice garden outside and interesting plants inside but it falls into the category of you've seen one you seen them all rather than offering unique or impressive exhibits. Wish I loved... More 

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Thank JeffreyPedersen
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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49 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go here frequently. It is a great place to walk and be away from the noise and traffic of city life. Several attractions are undergoing renovation like the Japanese Garden, also a favorite. Not to be missed is the bonsai collection.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a morning or afternoon trip if only to see the bonsai collection--they are spectacular! The columns are also nice and a relatively easy walk. Although you can go anytime (and winter has it's charms) I recommend the spring, when the dogwoods are in bloom. The herb garden, which showcases medicinal herbs and other useful plants, is pretty neat... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you like plants and flowers, do not miss this! Or The Botanical Gardens! This place is so relaxing and pretty, has so many different settings to offer and explore. You can walk, bike, run, drive, so much to explore in so many different ways. The Fern Valley is my favorite!

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Thank erisley2015
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

it was cool to see, but wouldn't spend a day of it, it was pretty though and cool to take pictures at

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Thank Emily S
Akron, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The family went to the Arboretum and had a picnic lunch on the grounds, despite the mud. We watched geese in formation fly by as we lunched. Then we stopped to see the Bonsai exhibit. SO INTERESTING! There is a 350 year old bonsai tree that had survived the bombing of Hiroshima and was given as a gift to the... More 

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Houston
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76 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

You can find every plants around the world here in this one place. It is free to the public. The orchid garden has many different kinds of orchids from all over the world.

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Winchester
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

There is a train display during the holidays which is a great thing to bring the kids to. We can't get there every year but even just going once is worth the visit.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We loved the Arboretum. A wide variety of vegetation, great walking trails. Just a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours outside on a nice day.

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