U.S. National Arboretum, Washington DC

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U.S. National Arboretum provides a home for trees, gardens, and a botanical research center. The research center, established in 1927, continues to contribute important work to horticulture. Many of the species that grow on the 1.80 sq km (446 acres) are protected, so be sure to stay on the paved pathways during your self-guided tour. Bicycles are allowed on the roads that weave through the attraction. Narrated tram tours drive visitors throughout the grounds on weekends and holidays for a fee. Watch the site's website for information on outdoor exhibits and educational events. Plan to visit U.S. National Arboretum during your Washington DC vacation using our convenient Washington DC itinerary planner.
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  • 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 w...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »