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United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC

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Stroll through the flowers at United States Botanic Garden on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol building. The land on which the conservatory and gardens stand was once swampland. Thomas Jefferson is believed to be the first to suggest cleaning up the area to beautify the nation's main reception. Look for the Bartholdi Fountain in the gardens as you admire the plants, which include local and exotic species. The conservatory erected in 1867 houses hothouse species. Plan to see United States Botanic Garden and other attractions that appeal to you using our Washington DC itinerary planner.
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  • Most wonderful place to just wander about and appreciate nature from all parts of the world Plants and flowers unique and even rare  more »
  • It has lots of trees and flowers plus a cat walk. It is a great place to take pictures and includes a coca tree which is what they use to make chocolate!  more »
  • A short pit stop near the Capitol. The "cat walk" is interesting and offer a different perspective of the plants.  more »
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  • It's a beautiful collection of plants from all over the world. We had a tour guide that was very amenable to any questions that we had. The place was beautiful, quiet, and had the natural fragrance of newly blossomed flowers. We definitely have to visit again because, like the new African-American Museum, there is too much to be able to see it all in one day. Highly recommended! Oh, and it's free.
  • The US botanical gardens is amazing every time I visit. Explore plants from all over world. They have sections dedicated to Hawaii, Jurassic, Medicinal (where is the marijuana tho?), Orchids, Endangered, and so much more. You can even step into the hot and humid desert and take in the beauty of some flowing succulents. Don't be tempted to try some of the Thai chili peppers, I seen a grown man brought to tears. Thankfully for him the water fountain was working.
  • One of the better places to visit on the mall, year round the botanical garden houses a wide variety of colorful plants that you can get up close and personal with. It's not a huge building and can get quite crowded and stuffy (it is a greenhouse after all) but still nice for a stroll. If it's nice out and early spring be sure to check out the rose garden to the west of the building.
  • I have enjoyed going to the botanical gardens since I was a kid in the 1970's. The gardens never disappoint and there is always something new and interesting in bloom no matter what time of year I visit. If you want a interesting experience go in the middle of a DC snow storm. Hot and topical inside blowing snow outside.
  • This place was incredible! Very nice, in every way. With convenient labels on every plant, you could really tell there was love put into it. A couple plants were wilted a bit, but all plants come to the end of their life cycle. Outside, there were little paths, with lilypad coated ponds and trickling streams. Very pretty and peaceful. The greenhouse was filled with thousands of fascinating plants. Even the oldest living tree! I would love to visit again. This place is a gardener's dream, fun for anyone really!

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Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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