Nature & Parks in Washington DC

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Nature & Parks in Washington DC

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  • Rodolfo B
    São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive, I have been there in 2014 (in January, the cold was everywhere), then, after 10 years, I have returned to visit National Mall. It is an amazing place, there is no doubt why there are lots of people visiting it. I'm sharing some pictures to try to express the feeling of being there.
    Written 2 June 2024
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  • Rachel & Andy
    344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited: 09/07/2023

    Really stunning botanic gardens. It's only a small place, but it is packed with information, plants, and beauty. Loved having a wander in here to get away from the bustle on the Washington Mall. Gardens are laid out in lovely ways to enhance the plants beauty.
    A nice little stop.
    Written 14 June 2024
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  • Li_and_Vi
    Martinborough, New Zealand69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For us, visiting Hillwood Estate was an easy choice as we were staying a 15 minutes walk away in Tilden Street - although Linnean Avenue itself doesn't have a footpath. It would also be accessible from Van Ness or Cleveland Park metro stations. Nearby there is Peirce Mill, but it seems that this is seldom open.

    The garden by itself would probably justify a visit, but the house and historical content adds to the overall experience. Entry is moderately priced and a visit is worthwhile.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • moodblu
    West Valley City, UT1,436 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On our recent US History Tour, we walked partway around the Tidal Basin. The Tidal Basin was constructed to deal with the tides from the Potomac River and to rinse silt out of the adjacent Washington Channel. Because the cherry blossoms came earlier than usual in 2024, we totally missed them. Still, we enjoyed our walk, the views of th area, and the memorials that we saw along the way.
    Written 14 May 2024
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  • Kim C
    La Crosse, WI830 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great place to visit (1) if you have kids and (2) because it's free. It's not near the other main attractions, so be sure you plan your time and transportation accordingly. I enjoyed it, but it is just a zoo - just like any other zoo. So come for the animals, but it didn't take me more than hour to see them all.
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • William T
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The park is so huge and we only had a couple of hours. Will definitely have to go back during the different growing seasons!
    Written 18 March 2024
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  • ElaineAndGreg
    Chesterland, OH2,991 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dumbarton Oaks is really at least four things, and arguably more. That is both its strength and its primary drawback from the standpoint of a visitor.

    The house itself was the gift of Robert and Mildred Bliss to Harvard University, along with their art collections. Because this was the Bliss's home and because of their tastes in collecting as well as diplomatic accomplishments, the house itself has several parts.

    The first, and probably the primary attraction for most visitors, are the extensive gardens, which may come as a surprise to one visiting Washington, DC. According to the website, the garden has been ranked as one of the best in the world. You will want to book ahead for the garden as they only have timed tickets. The cost was a little less than $15.

    We liked the gardens, but they felt a little unkempt compared to others we have seen in the US and Canada. Still, they are very nice and fun to walk around.

    The second attraction is the museum inside, which is free, and based on the Bliss's own collection. This really has two main parts, a collection of Byzantine Art and one of pre-Columbian art from South America. This second collection is in a well-designed and architecturally interesting addition. The works and their descriptions are all excellent. The Byzantine works had their own interest, but we did not find them as striking. The main house also has a library that is largely roped off, so it is of lesser interest.

    There are no guides, or at least there were none during our visit, only security guards.

    One feature of the main house is the impressive music room. Unfortunately, the descriptive materials were not that good. One painting on the wall was plainly an El Greco, but the descriptions said little about it. The piano had signed photos by Igor Stravinsky, who must have been a friend but, again, no description and I simply recognized it from photos of Stravinsky elsewhere. They had other autographed photos from musicians or composers, but it was too dim to make out the signatures.

    This room is also where meetings were held in 1944 leading up to the formation of the United Nations. I only knew that because we visited with a political science commentator. There was virtually nothing about it. It's still a great room, but it might be worth reading ahead.

    And that takes us to what this site needs, which is a dedicated curator who wants to show visitors all of these disparate parts and possibly even tie them together. What is in the roped-off library? There are several empty displays along the way - surely something in the museum could go there. The Blisses donated the property to Harvard in 1940 and perhaps it is not a priority for a university several hundred miles away. Still, this otherwise wonderful site and its visitors deserve a little more.

    The moral: Read up, come, and enjoy.
    Written 28 May 2024
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  • federico l
    Milan, Italy7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating exhibition center, with multiple, thought-provoking installations and a beautiful garden of sculpture.
    Only disappointment the cafeteria which is a unnecessary rip off ($9 for an almond croissant)
    Written 15 October 2023
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  • JoeNathan9249
    Saint Paul, MN5,900 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of lovely, unusual and varied sculptures - very fun to walk through this place. We were here in November, 2023. It's quite close to the mall, free to walk through and has plenty of benches.
    Strongly recommended.
    Written 20 November 2023
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  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, CT2,612 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Didn't know our first President (George Washington) was born along the river area. You can experience the river many ways by going on a sunset dinner cruise, by a water taxi, etc. I went by foot from the Mount Vernon Trail. Very calming environment.
    Written 22 January 2024
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  • Catzmother
    Pine Knoll Shores, NC539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This hotel was fantastic in every way! The location is perfect for access to the museums on the National Mall and the wharf - very easy walks and very accessible. The staff is exceptionally friendly and the rooms are large, comfortable, beautifully appointed and quiet. The only slight negative was the shower - the pressure wasn't as strong as I prefer but it was a minor issue. I can't wait to stay there again!
    Written 29 December 2023
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  • Patrice A
    Grosse Pointe Park, MI99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best kept secrets in Washington. The memorial was appropriate in size and nature, in a frontier like landscape. It was appropriate for his legacy. Stay and hike the trails. It is only accessible on the Virginia side of the river. It was poorly signed and is easily missed if you're not paying attention. This island is walking distance from Georgetown.
    Written 30 March 2024
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  • Stephen B
    Philadelphia, PA30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a very pleasant walk four miles upstream from our hotel to another destination. We had been there a year before, but this was a more ambitious walk.

    The path is well maintained and attractive. It is a great place to spend some time, whether you are using it to go somewhere or just to unwind.
    Written 4 May 2023
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  • kleic
    San Antonio, TX1,075 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I actually didn't get to go on the house tour but I'm giving it five stars and taking time to write the review because of the impressive work they're doing to tell the stories of people of African decent who lived and worked here. The grounds are lovely and the history of the house is fascinating precisely because of the enslaved people who lived here and a real effort is being made to document their lives and their stories. Would that all house museums did the same!
    Written 28 April 2024
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,178 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Enid Haupt Garden alongside the Smithsonian Castle, is a fantastic oasis of flowers, palms, shrubs, and trees, with peaceful walkways and relaxing spots to recharge. The garden is especially welcoming on hot days of sightseeing. The gardens are named for publisher Enid Haupt, who was a great promoter and patron of American horticulture.
    Written 30 August 2023
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