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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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Beautiful gardens and park

Walking through the arboretum is very relaxing, as it tends to lack the crowds of the rest of DC. Bring plenty of water, as the park doesn't have consistent water fountains. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking through the arboretum is very relaxing, as it tends to lack the crowds of the rest of DC. Bring plenty of water, as the park doesn't have consistent water fountains. The bonsai exhibit and the stone columns were especially neat.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Because of its out of the way location, the Arboretum is seriously under-utilized. Which is great for the smart folks who do go there. Park your car and walk, ride a bike or run. Don't miss the small shelter overlooking the Anacostia River in the Dogwood area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a charming garden, loads of birds outside and frogs inside and out. Very individual gardens, desert, subtropical and more. Kids will love the insect eating plants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the bonsai garden is really cool as everyone mentions but they also have a wonderful display all the different lawns of america. you can walk on them and see which you like and dont. really cool

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Hyattsville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful place that allows you to slow down and enjoy in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city. I have walked through several times. There is a great walking trail with labels explaining the type of trees and wild life along the way.

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Hannibal, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The National Arboretum is worth the trip out of downtown. It features a serene landscape with miles of trails. The Bonsai museum on the campus is a not to be missed portion, but realize it closes an hour earlier than the rest of the park. There are several dozen bonsai, many hundreds of years old. The arboretum would be a... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband was out near Dulles for a business trip so I took the Metro/MetroBus lines to get to the Arboretum. Had to hike a little, but it wasn't too bad. The Bonsai garden was absolutely breathtaking! There were bonsai trees HUNDREDS of years old! Some were teensy and others were GIGANTIC. It was simply awesome. The little gift shop... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have known there was several parks all over US, but even in the capital there are some very known... What we did not knows is that US Arboretum was so close and so bit... and beautiful. And now, some even more significant place... where our children got married! It will be there, for centuries... It is better if you... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've lived in DC-area for more than a decade but never before been to the US National Arboretum. What a treat! Lots of well-tended gardens, wooded lands and peaceful meadows. They have an amazing bonsai collection with some tiny sculpted trees hundreds of years old. It is a bit out of the way, and easiest reached by car, but well... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spend an very relaxed afternoon there. Originally we went to see the national columns but we stayed,walked through the whole park and visited the bonsai museum. The best part was that there were nearly no people.This made it this surroundings much nicer. Should be easier to access with public transport though. We had a hard time finding it...

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