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“Perfect Oasis”

U.S. National Arboretum
Ranked #30 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

The U.S. Arboretum is the perfect oasis in a city, even a city as great at Washington D.C. Visiting is a must and once you enter you enter into a world that fun and relaxing to explore. The Arboretum is really well curated and maintained, with a wide variety of environments to venture between. This is a must.

Thank Gregory L
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This place is one of the most spectacular places i've visited recently.
Its surprisingly confusing to find- accessible from an access road with signage indicating a Water Works project. Weird, but we found it on our second pass.

You should start at the visotors center and get maps and some guidance from the staff.

Its different each season, so we concentrated on the asian gardens and the Anacosta river. It was a bit too early for the azaleas, so we visited the Connifer collection instead. Don't miss the Bonsai garden- which moves around during the seasons to protect their plants and trees.

This is an extensive collection of trees and shrubs. Please allow ample time to enjoy everything. There are many walking trails and many small roads for driving. Parking is available at each area. On busy days, I can see parking being a problem.

We left through the R Street Gate and found our back back to the neon jungle very easily.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

If you are into gardening or botany, or even just want a beautiful place to walk of hike, then this is a great choice if you are in the area. But you really can't see everything in one day. I've gone about 5 times, and I still think there are areas that I haven't seen. It's also a lovely place for a picnic when it's not too hot or too cold. And there are large green spaces for children to run around. If you live in the city and want you or your family to be surrounded by some beautiful free green space, this is a great place to go.

Thank W9004GIlouised
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

The Arboretum is a beautiful place to visit through the year but in the Spring it is spectacular! The colors of the blooms so beautiful. I love the Japanese Garden. The nice thing about visiting this site is that you can drive through without getting out of your car. If you like to exercise, the pathways are wonderful for walkers and runners. They have a small gift shop and you can take a tran ride the park. You can't go wrong visiting here.

Thank Dee2151210
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Getting out to Northwest DC will be the challenge, but once you're here enjoy the serenity brought to you by the US Department of Agriculture.

Thank Jessica C
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