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U.S. National Arboretum

#35 of 442 things to do in Washington DC Features Animals
3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
+1 202-245-2726
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When you walk through the doors you are transformed into another world. This is a picture taking... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Marlton, NJ

So much to see and everything is just so beautiful. You shouldn't just breeze through the... read more

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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

When you walk through the doors you are transformed into another world. This is a picture taking paradise.PLEASE DO NOT MISS THIS ATTRACTION !!!

Thank M7286DUdanm
Reviewed 5 days ago

So much to see and everything is just so beautiful. You shouldn't just breeze through the Arboretum. Take your time and enjoy the views.

Thank SingerTrainer
Reviewed 6 days ago

We always enjoy going to the Arboretum -- even in hot weather wandering among the trees and plants can cool you off. I enjoyed the new herb garden and had an interesting discussion with one of the staff about it. But my favorite is going...More

Thank aircarl
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love to get "lost" for hours in this place to get my walking on. A few good gardens and friendly staff.

Thank warrenmillerbsw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to get away from the hustle bustle of the city. Peaceful! The US Capitol columns seem out of place but I'm glad they were salvaged and moved here. The bonsai gardens are not to be missed. Makes you want to learn this...More

Thank Olivia2840
Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently visited the National Arboretum on a weekend visit to DC. It is a hidden gem in the heart of a busy international city. There are beautiful paths to hike and plenty of shaded areas. It is clean, safe and well maintained. It was...More

Thank nptp84
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Washington DC has a lovely arboretum in an odd location Good to amble or picnic, weather dependent Good for families and for nature lovers There is also a small and magical arboretum at the base of capital hill near the mall Come enjoy the flora...More

Thank RMJ11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not far from the center of town, accessible by car, Metro and bus, the Arboretum is a way to spend a few hours or a whole day away from crowds and buidlings. The Bonsai and Penjing Museum which is a whole section within the Arboretum,...More

Thank palekh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at the National Arboretum on our way home from visiting DC. It is easily reached by car, but not near the downtown area where museums abound. On a hot Sunday, it was not overly crowded, but there were people enjoying the open space,...More

Thank jennygirl57
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once of the best experiences of my D.C. trip. Great place to break away from the crowds and hustle and bustle of the City. The city dwellers us this a running path, jealous I don't have such a lovely place for my walks. The absolute...More

Thank Dee C
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Where are the national capital columns? Do you reach it by walking around? Are there signs pointing to it? My biggest reason for wanting to visit is to see it and take pictures. Since I've never been there, I'm hoping someone will let me know how to get to the capital columns. In all the pictures I see, I see the columns but it couldn't possibly be the front of this place since no roads seem to be near that. It's just woods and columns lol Thank you in advance for any information that can be provided
13 April 2017|
Response from gelatogirl72 | 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
Shelley H
I have tried multiple times to visit this place. None of the local tour bus guides (I asked 3) knew where it was, and it was not on any of the "Big Bus" or "Red Bus" tour stops. I also did not see it as a stop on the Metro. I would like to visit, but can't figure out where it is.
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