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U.S. National Arboretum

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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
+1 202-245-2726
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hidden gem among the hubub

I have walked past this complex probably 2-3 dozen times over the years and never gave it much... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Joel_in_MD
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Baltimore, Maryland
Great for families and nature lovers!

There is something for everyone here. The Arboretum is huge and is hard to do all in one day. Bring... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Allison F
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have walked past this complex probably 2-3 dozen times over the years and never gave it much thought. But when in town for an afternoon football game viewing party we stopped by to kill time in the am. I was amazed and impressed by...More

Thank Joel_in_MD
Reviewed 6 days ago

There is something for everyone here. The Arboretum is huge and is hard to do all in one day. Bring a picnic in the warmer months and take advantage of the beautiful trees and spacious areas. The bonsai exhibit is one of my favorites and...More

Thank Allison F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I try not to leave Washington without seeing the national Arboretum. You can see plants from all over. Depending on when you go, you can see flowers in bloom. I especially love seeing the orchids in bloom. We can experience the tropical, Mediterranean, desert, and...More

Thank Victoria P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a DC native, so it's the Arb to me. It's a great place, but hard to navigate. You can just drive around until you find something that you'd like to investigate. If you're on foot, plan on a good hike which is eminently worthwhile....More

Thank Marc N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible bonsai collection. Some of the bonsai date back hundreds of years, one bonsai in particular to the mid 1600's.

Thank hburcham
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time visit; my mom always came here on her trips; love the variety, quantity & staging of all these wonderful plants & trees.

Thank GailCooks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sprawling hundreds of acres and ranging from a culinary herb garden to a collection of every State Tree the U.S. National Arboretum is worth a visit for anyone with the means to get there when visiting Washington DC, particularly for the Bonsai exhibit featuring nearly...More

Thank Michael U
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, maybe next time. It was roped off. Good to see they respect privacy. Nonetheless, on a hot summer's day, it is not a bad place to be. I was surprised at the amount of picnic space and places to just chill. It is definitely...More

Thank Elliott W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just going around or sitting near the beautiful plants in this Arboretum made me feel rested and renewed. I live in Alexandria VA and go to the Arboretum many times especially when the cold season starts so I can see tropical plants and forget the...More

Thank izosaferanil
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The arboretum was a wonderful surprise that we had never been to before! The bonsai exhibit given to the US in 1976 for our 200 anniversary was out of this world. Many trees from the early 1900s and one from 1625! Even this gardener with...More

Thank Shelley B
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DominicanMerida
13 April 2017|
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Response from justanygirl | Reviewed this property |
You can walk from the entrance but you can also drive around by car (we needed to drive there last year as we had over 102 F and sun...too hot to walk). There are "internal streets" within the Arboretum. You will see the... More
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Shelley H
18 January 2017|
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Response from GLearn | Reviewed this property |
The National Arboretum is located at 3501 New York Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002. Use 2400 R Street NE for GPS which will bring you to the R Street gate. Their website says: "There is free parking and a Capital Bikeshare... More
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