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“Oasis in the City”

U.S. National Arboretum
Ranked #40 of 492 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 2 April 2018

This is a gem in the east side of Washington D.C. With miles of paths to walk (or you can drive to key locations) or for riding a bicycle. There are meadows, flowers, trees, lots of benches scattered here and there for you to sit on and enjoy nature. The arboretum is a great place to get some fresh air and take a rest from all the monuments. Admission is free, there is a gift shop and visitor center. Bring lunch and enjoy it in the picnic area. Open from 8 to 5 every day but Christmas, this place is great for just hanging out or learning about plants and flowers.
We spent half a day here and thoroughly enjoyed the cherry blossoms, tulips, daffodils and a beautiful sunny day.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

This museum may not be that well-known or visible, but it well worth a visit. Exhibits for children to adults which illuminate our nation's history through our postal service.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

The Arboretum is a lovely place to visit and stroll about. The grounds are very large and peaceful. The flora are well marked and named. It had a slightly wild, natural look to the place. Some arboretums are manicured greatly. Not here, which is fine. My BIG complaint is that the roadways are not marked at all, or the signage is very small. Thus, it is easy to get lost. We definitely wandered about. Good to drive from one area to another. We like walking, but with our time limitations, driving is the better option. Get a map and visit the the Visitors Center. The Asian Valley is a highlight--it is higher up and there is a very small red pavilion. Also, make sure you find out which restrooms are open. Only a few were available.

4  Thank Bgoodtoall
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Absolutely worth the visit, and a great way to cleanse the palate of your mind (between all those museums) by focusing on your other senses for a peaceful, tranquil couple of minutes, between the occasional bus load of youthful, annoying miscreants. Still, if you time it right, you get to appreciate the quiet, serenity and delight in the beauty of Mother nature. This was a wonderful respite on a cold, wintery day.

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

The bonsai and panjing exhibit was amazing! We also enjoyed the ambiance of the hillside trails in the Asian garden. This is the only place we've seen a dedicated camillia garden.

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