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U.S. National Arboretum

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Facinating Plants

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

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Great Alternative for Cherry Blossoms

While the Tidal Basin gets all of the attention, the U.S. National Arboretum is one of the best... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 October 2, 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

This is always a great treat! You must visit the Arboretum to experience this wonderful collection of nature.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

This exhibit is hard to reach without a car. I took the metro to about two miles away and then had to get an Uber to the arboretum. Buses are possible. Foolishly I did not have an umbrella or shade and it was a rather...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank maryfinnegan
Reviewed August 11, 2018

We saw only the bonsais and the columns, when an afternoon downpour cut our visit short. The arboretum is stunning, though almost all the pools were drained last week. Hopefully they will be filled up soon. The gift shop employee also recommended the Asian Collection...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank audreyg543
Reviewed August 7, 2018

the arboretum is a wonderful collection of natural trees and meadows, a collection of bonsai, and other rare plants and the famous capitol columns from where you can see down into the city. A relatively unknown treasure

Date of experience: April 2018
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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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May 18, 2018|
Response from edisong2013 | 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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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?
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.
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...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