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. Put U.S. National Arboretum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Washington DC route website .
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  • This park is really huge with trails to go on for one or two hours or more. It is right off of east bound New York Avenue on your way out from downtown Washington, DC. It is very peaceful and quiet pa...  more »
  • The arboretum is a jewel. It is a quiet oasis in the middle of a busy downtown. There are native plants and more exotic plants. There are areas dedicated to plants of various regions.  more »
  • the arboretum is awesome!!! if you love nature this is the place to visit. everything is well clean and well maintained and flowers plants even the grass is labeled. everything is free including parki...  more »

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