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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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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
All reviews bonsai collection capitol columns asian garden fern valley asian collection love nature walking trails plants and trees anacostia river full bloom visitor center worth the trip cherry blossoms dc area nation's capital my favorite azaleas
This wonderful park is in an unexpected location off the well-trodden tourist map but worth the trip. Although interesting to visit in any season, it is spectacular when the azaleas are blooming, Also, if you are wondering how a tree or bush you're considering planting...More
I’m not sure why there is no option for “family” without teenagers or young children.
We visited the National Arboretum during the Thanksgiving holiday. It was great to see an open green space inside DC. Our son’s dog had a blast, and so did we....More
I was so excited to see the US National Arboretum only to be disappointed. With it being November when I visited, the landscaping with not the prettiest. Not everything was open. Highly recommend going during the Spring or Summer time.
What a treat to explore the arboretum on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The Bonsai exhibit is extensive and very informative. Walking among the columns in an unusual way to experience the Capitol’s history. The fields were flush with color. It was perfect picnic weather and...More
You can drive around if you want, but this was a lovely place to just wander around. The Bonsai collection is the most obvious Thing To Do, and is well worth your time, but the whole area was peaceful and serene. The different collections have...More
500 acres of trees asphalt trails, roads, hills, flower beds, world class bonsai, that will cost you absolutely nothing. Plenty of parking for any size vehicle or camper, lots and lots of grass for dogs. Restrooms, hundreds of trees identified and fun. The gift shop...More
There are so many special parts of the National Arboretum. Even if you don't think that you like gardens, I think you'll find plenty to like. I believe that this would be a good place to bring kids, as well. Lots of room to run...More
Response from edisong2013 | Reviewed this property |
Use Uber or Lift. There are no nearby metro stops and I have no idea which bus lines may stop near the Arboretum. Further, the area surrounding it is dicey to downright dangerous so I would not advise waiting outside the... More
Use Uber or Lift. There are no nearby metro stops and I have no idea which bus lines may stop near the Arboretum. Further, the area surrounding it is dicey to downright dangerous so I would not advise waiting outside the gates for some bus.
My sister is going to Washington DC for a seminar and has a few days to explore. She likes fun bars, antique shopping and looking at cool old homes and eating. I have been reading up on Dupont Circle area and Georgetown. Which would be the better of the 2 for her to explore? She isn't into expensive designer shops. Also, how about the U.S. National Arboretum? Is it worth the ride over there? She is staying at Quality Inn Iwo Jima. Can you help on directions in getting there? How about eating...More
April 19, 2007|
There are lots of good restaurants in both the Dupont Circle area and Georgetown. Plus, there are older homes in both areas. Georgetown is home to many well-known people--I always enjoyed walking through the area north of M Street. Does your sister have any food preferences?
Getting to U Street Corridor (5 Replies)
How would one get from Quality Inn Iwo Jima to the U Street Corridor? Also to the U.S. National Arboretum. Thanks,
April 19, 2007|
Thank you, thank you. Your info was so much help. Maybe I will just tell them to take a cab to the Arboretum. Would that be a better idea? I really think she would enjoy the Arboretum but don't want her to get lost in an unfamiliar unsafe place. Also, is U street Corridor a safe place to walk around? Thanks for your help.
2 day trip: Maximizing travel time with car (3 Replies)
We will be in town for two days: in Reston, VA the first night and Arlington for two nights. We would like to visit the mall, Georgetown (c & O canal), and perhaps the zoo and/or U.S. National Arboretum. We are seasoned travelers who like culture, architecture, great food and nature, and don't care for typical touristy stuff (ie ride the ducks, tour buses, etc). We have an 8 yr old and a grama, but both are mobile and interested in a variety of activities, so no limits with these...More
June 17, 2014|
Response fromMatt B|
Where you will be coming from, on weekdays driving often takes longer than the Metro. DC has some of the worst traffic in the country. Some studies I've seen rank it worse than Atlanta. Anytime before 9:30 am or from about 4 to 7:30 pm is rush hour and there is frequently congestion that brings traffic to a standstill. Reston to DC can easily be over an hour during those times, and even Arlington, which is usually only like a 15-minute drive, I've experienced traffic that can turn that into...More