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"US National Arboretum" National Arboretum Tip by Tom_Fields

National Arboretum, Washington D.C.: 8 reviews and 23 photos

  The National Arboretum
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  • The National Arboretum - Washington D.C.
      The National Arboretum
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  • Bonsai trees - Washington D.C.
      Bonsai trees
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  • The Herb Garden - Washington D.C.
      The Herb Garden
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  • Conifers - Washington D.C.
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  • One of the resident turtles - Washington D.C.
      One of the resident turtles
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The US National Arboretum is one of Washington's best--and least visited--attractions. It has some spectacular gardens, representing various temperate plants from all over the world. They include exquisitely beautiful Asian gardens, bonsai trees, herb and vegetable gardens, a grove of trees with one from each state, and the largest collection of conifers that I've ever seen. It also has a wide range of youth programs and other activities. A definite must-see for the "green thumb."

In the background of the third photo are the Capitol Columns. They were once part of the US Capitol Building, but were removed in the 1950s.

Address: 3501 New York Avenue NE, Washington 20002
Directions: From Mt Vernon Square, follow New York Avenue to the northeast about three miles. There are two entrances: one at 3501 New York Avenue, NE, and the other at 24th & R Streets, NE, off of Bladensburg Road. It's a good distance from the Metro.
othercontact: Fax: 202-245-4575
Phone: 202-245-2726

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  • Updated Sep 7, 2006
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