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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  • August 13, 2017
    My husband and I decided to take a ride down to DC to just hang out really as we love going there. But we wanted to find someplace we had not visited before-and I found the National Arboretum and in p...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    If you are too lazy to walk, this is a perfect place for you. Parking friendly, senior people friendly.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    We learned so much about plants... especially those used for medicines. This will be a place we will return o see again...  more »

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