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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  • Great place to take a walk (dogs allowed) or drive and take in the thousands of tree species they have, it is all laid out extremely well with lots of car parks dotted around the site. Kids can run ar...  more »
  • This is one of my favorite free places in DC, but it is quite far from the National Mall and other tourist attractions. It's typically less busy, is very big and beautiful, and has tree species large ...  more »
  • The National Arboretum is a lovely place with a lot of beautiful vegetation. Of course, most of it is not the edible variety, so I was just using a buzzword to gain people's interest! I especially lov...  more »

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