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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  • We took this as a side trip to help get away from the multiple bus loads of kids that were in town the same time as we were. We were not expecting such a peaceful and enjoyable place to walk through, ...  more »
  • The Arboretum is a little off the beaten track for a typical tourist visit to Washington. Whether you are a resident or a visitor, it's well worth the visit. Serene and lovely - there are paths and ex...  more »
  • Difficult to get to if you don't have a car, but as a hiker I walked for 50 minutes from Noma-Galludet metro station (you might be able to get a bus) on an icy cold day. It was worth the walk. Virtual...  more »