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“Be ready for lots of walking, but it's worth it.”

U.S. National Arboretum
Ranked #37 of 465 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

This free garden is huge! It has everything from a bonsai collection to a Stonehenge like structure. Simply put, it's beautiful. Most if the gardens are in direct sun, so don't forget your sun block and lots if water. It's currently being renovated around the koi pond which was the best part for the kids previously. Otherwise a good half day walking adventure.

Thank 3fnKids
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This attraction is rather far away from the mall/memorials (about a 30 minute cab ride!), but well worth it.

It's like being in the forest just miles away from the nation's capital. The tour guides are knowledgeable and friendly.

If you are taking a cab, however, make sure to give them good directions: two of our drivers had no idea where the place was!

1  Thank Gaseoustania
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

You must go inside to see the bonsai tree collection. The oldest tree there has been in training since the 1600's! Very neat display - I've never seen anything like it.

Thank Lgo987
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This trip, my focus was things off the beaten path that I'd never seen before. I chose things based on their reviews and the fact I've never seen them before. This did NOT disappoint me whatsoever.

Allow a few hours to see this place if arriving on foot. It's HUGE with different areas. I found a path in the woods that NO ONE was on and I found a bench to sit on in the shade and just enjoy the peace outside of the city.

It's difficult to get here if you don't have a vehicle. I took a cab there and a bus back to a metro station.

2  Thank t1lersm0m
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

A trip to the Bonsai and Penjing Museum is a must if you are a lover of Bonsai. There is a spectacular array of trees arranged in Japanese gardens. A most beautiful sight to see. A must oi you are visiting.

1  Thank kahma
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