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“A hidden GEM in DC”

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 28 April 2014

I attribute this to being a little out of the way, but this is one of the only tourist attractions I hadn't visited in DC, but it was definitely worth the wait. I highly recommend visiting in spring when all the flowers are in bloom, you feel like you're out of the city. Definitely a great place for locals to find quiet solace. It was the perfect spring day when we visited last weekend and we spent 2 hours visiting all the different parts. We really enjoyed the Dogwoods and asian collections.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We visited during New Year and had a really fun time wandering through the special exhibit and seeing the regular exhibits as well. Fun place for children as the flowers are colorful and there's a scavenger hunt type activity for them to enjoy. When it's cold outside, this makes for a warm and beautiful visit.

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Reviewed 18 April 2014

This is one of the lesser-known green spaces in DC, even to DC natives. It's quite popular in April and May, when the azaleas are blooming (a gorgeous but crowded time to visit). The old Capital Columns sit on top of a hill, looking majestic and impressive - very cool for photographs. The Bonsai Museum is worth a visit, especially in the spring and fall when the trees are blooming and leaves are changing color. It's best to visit the Arboretum with a car, because there are almost 450 acres to explore.

2  Thank Mari818
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Not many people visiting Washington , D.C. even know of this great place. If you want a total different perspective of our Nation's Capital, this is the place to visit. The gardens, flowers, and trees are beautiful and the old Capital Columns are impressive. There are plenty of trails and areas to walk or hike and picnic too. You will not be disappointed if you enjoy the outdoors ! Since we live close by, we visit occasionally.

2  Thank Rick S
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Were there during Cherry Blossom time. Had to take the metro and then a metrobus to get there and back but worth the effort. It's so big that it would be good to have some sort of vehicle but plenty of joggers, cyclists and walkers there. So many people walking their dogs (a real treat for we dog lovers). Visited the bonsai exhibit, herb garden, capital columns. Were there on a Saturday, so they had the trams running so it was great ride around the grounds and a food truck was there selling great sandwiches and even smoking whole chickens.

1  Thank JohninStPete
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