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Address: 3501 New York Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-1958
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Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national...

Established in 1927 by an Act of the United States Congress, this national treasure contains 446 acres of fabulous flora and fauna and is especially known for its Asian, azalea and conifer collections.

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A national treasure!

What a gorgeous place to ride a bike or walk around. I can't think of spending the day in any place more beautiful. When the lilac bushes are blooming the smell is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mar C
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Cheverly, Maryland
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Cheverly, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a gorgeous place to ride a bike or walk around. I can't think of spending the day in any place more beautiful. When the lilac bushes are blooming the smell is intoxicating . The bonsai garden is amazing . And there's no admission charge . When the azaleas are in bloom it's like you died and went to heaven... More 

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South Hamilton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Need a tropical fix? This beautiful arboretum is a free visit to, say, a Hawaiian biome. The building is gorgeous. Some of the displays are a little aged, but kudos to smithsonian for keeping it running with no admission!

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Titusville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a quick trip here to visit the Bonsai Exhibit on a recommendation. It was amazing! I could not believe that some of the trees on display have been "in training" for hundreds of years. The display that detailed the origin of the exhibit was also very interesting... and free!

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've now been here two times in the last few months and both times enjoyed the visit, but left with lots of notes for improvement.This place is a bit of a hidden spot, as I've lived here for a long time and had never been and the same was true of the other longtime residents/friends who I ventured out here... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A national treasure popular with couples, families, and especially walkers with on-leash dogs. We caught a nice weather Sunday in mid-February and loved walking around (with our dog), having a picnic (in designated areas), then driving around to see more of this great facility.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wasn't really thrilled about coming to this exhibit but sure glad I did. One of the best things to do in my opinion.

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Chevy Chase
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

There are beautiful old bonsai-s, 3-4 hundred years old beautifully arranged small trees, you must see once. Some of them organized like little forest for fairies and elves, or for little japanise clay bonsai maker figures.

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Hyattsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Visiting the US National Arboretum is among the highlights of what Washington DC has to offer. While it's open all 4 seasons of the year... and therefore it varies from visit to visit, comfortable weather in the Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit. Plan a full day, and bring a packed picnic lunch! While there are several... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a nice place to take guests if you want to get out of the city. There are a lot of beautiful sections to walk around. I also love the bonsai exhibit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

The National Arboretum is a bit out of the way for most visitors although uber/lyft can get you there and pick you up. You will be rewarded with beautiful, unsullied acreage. My favorite part is the "national herb garden"--who knew? You can walk for miles or just toddle around the close-at-hand gardens.

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