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U.S. National Arboretum

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Beautiful respite

Plan to spend a few hours here, and if the weather is nice, consider a picnic lunch. The arboretum... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
meyer8344
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St. Louis, MO
Great place a bit off the beaten path

Most visitors head to the mall and the Smithsonian museums- this means the Arboretum is rarely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Plan to spend a few hours here, and if the weather is nice, consider a picnic lunch. The arboretum has thousands of trees and two areas where you can walk around lovely gardens and landscapes. It was a beautiful respite from the city and its...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most visitors head to the mall and the Smithsonian museums- this means the Arboretum is rarely overcrowded. This is a plus as it is a simply wonderful place with many walking trails and gardens. The bonsai trees, azaleas, and Capitol Columns are fun to explore....More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First off let me say that the place is beautiful. However, my car windows were smashed out and things stolen while we were at the columns. Security came as well as the police and everyone was extremely helpful and caring. Will I go back? Sadly...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent quite a number of hours here and only saw about a third of the park. We were lucky to be in town when the azaleas were in bloom, so we started there. Next, on to the Bonsai Museum — WHICH WAS INCREDIBLE! We...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This relatively fine oasis in the middle of Washington is a lovely place to spend an afternoon. Many fine trails, lots of gardens and displays. They have done an excellent job for the novice in detailing the flora that is there and how we impact...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Easter Sunday. The sun was out, the azaleas were blooming, families, couples, dogs, children....everyone was enjoying with walks and picnics. There are a number of sections to visit. The azalea section was beautiful and very nicely marked with varieties clearly shown. The Capital...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice park overall. If I lived in the area I would come here often for a walk or run. It's easy to drive from one area to another, and parking is here.

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the Arboretum in October and it was a nice to wonder around the different gardens. Very well maintained and worth a visit if you like being outside and in a peaceful environment.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

Mid-week, mid-day visit in April. We saw gorgeous late season cherry blossoms, ferns unfurling, spring camellias and many other gorgeous specimens along the roads and trails. There were helpful volunteers working in some of the areas, a visitor center with information about the Arboretum, plenty...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 8, 2019 via mobile

This beautiful place almost qualifies as a hidden gem, but it’s not hidden at all, its just not downtown it’s out on New York Avenue. If you like plants or just getting outdoors to take in the beauty of a place then you’ve got to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from NavyDave81 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there was a big parking lot that an RV could park in.
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I believe they don't have either. Maybe call for information, in case they provide other means to accommodate.
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I didn’t see any when I was there. Try calling and see if they offfwr it. The staff we encountered was very nice and helpful!
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