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U.S. National Arboretum

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Very pleasant fall walk with my wife and dogs. All sorts of plants, trees, open space and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Great for walking, picnicking, biking talking with family and friends

500 acres of trees asphalt trails, roads, hills, flower beds, world class bonsai, that will cost... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Woodbridge, Virginia
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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
+1 202-245-2726
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very pleasant fall walk with my wife and dogs. All sorts of plants, trees, open space and the Capitol columns are great.

Thank lsalasor
Reviewed 6 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful place for children on cold day in D.C. plants and flowers from around the world. Christmas time is good time for a visit as they have a huge Holiday display for Christmas.

1  Thank Hollander1621
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Arboretum was absolutely stunning, loved seeing all the different plants and those vibrant colors.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like trees, and nature, it is a nice place to go. they rent bikes near by. I went in the middle of summer and it was very very hot; maybe during fall or spring it would be better! It is also a huge...More

Thank PTYTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the Tidal Basin gets all of the attention, the U.S. National Arboretum is one of the best places to beat the crowds and still see DC's famous Cherry Blossoms. You can take your bikes, pack a picnic and even let the kids run wild....More

Thank WalkingOnTravels
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We spent several hours wandering around the National Arboretum and meandering along its colorful paths. The azalea grove was in full bloom (May) and the reds, pinks and oranges all mingled in wild bursts of color. There were majestic stands of trees (such as State...More

Thank PeninaPaula
Reviewed September 15, 2018

Hidden away from all of the DC monuments and crowds...a beautiful green space to wander or drive thru. You can drive around or stop and take a short hike thru gardens. Bonsai, Japanese, Herbs...all kinds. Like most DC attractions...it's free.

Thank geekanddork
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Looks like this place might need some upgrades or something to WOW you. It seemed small and unfortunately nothing that hit me, but it was nice and a good place to visit but.....The area seems nice, from the wildflowers to herbs to the bonsai and...More

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Charles L
May 18, 2018|
Response from Edison G | Reviewed this property |
No, but in warm months there is a snack truck.
May 16, 2018|
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Response from John B | Reviewed this property |
University of Maryland in college park is about 20 minutes by car in good traffic.
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April 26, 2018|
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Response from Marc N | Reviewed this property |
Free parking everywhere. There are many parking lots near each collection, but you can park on the side of the road almost everywhere. Signs will tell you if you can't park somewhere, but basically you can pull over (not too... More