U.S. National Arboretum, Washington DC
(4.5/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I loved my time at the National Arboretum. I was there just one day after the Corpse Plant starting opening. The crowds were down and I could walk right up to the plant with no line and study it and t...  more »
  • Drove by this area the first time around. Very small sign and a larger 'service road' sign where you need to enter from the main road. Visited late Fall, so colors were not real great. The Capital Col...  more »
  • One of my favorites in DC. The kids love to explore the arboretum. Parking is surprisingly easy in the vicinity if you head over early in the mornings -- weekends only.