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U.S. National Arboretum

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The azaleas in spring are amazing

This wonderful park is in an unexpected location off the well-trodden tourist map but worth the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BirdingFreak
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Atlanta, Georgia
Our dog had a blast!

I’m not sure why there is no option for “family” without teenagers or young children. We visited... read more

Reviewed December 9, 2018
ravi4travel
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Richmond, 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 9, 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sweetanddandy
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

We always visit the Arboretum when we go to DC. It is so interesting to see the unusual plants. This is a great learning experience and very peaceful.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank boham2017
Reviewed October 29, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank tripleplay97
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

A very relaxing place as it is intended. We didn't have enough time this time so we'll revisit to slowly enjoy the exhibitions and the surrounding.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tee E
Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lsalasor
Reviewed October 15, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank JAMES H
Reviewed October 10, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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MrsKAJ2014
October 30, 2018|
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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
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Charles L
May 18, 2018|
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No, but in warm months there is a snack truck.
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May 16, 2018|
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University of Maryland in college park is about 20 minutes by car in good traffic.
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Cherlinka
Oklahoma
Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Arboretum (6 Replies)
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|
Response fromSueFee|
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?
Cherlinka
Oklahoma
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|
Response fromCherlinka|
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.
joivie
atlanta
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