National Parks / Natural World

National Arboretum NE Washington

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National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue
NE Washington
DC
20002
Tel: 202.245.2726

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The National Arboretum has 446 acres filled with trees, plants and flowers - great place for picnic, relaxing and letting the kids run round - why not take a tram tour round
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    DC always amazes me on what the city has to offer. The old Greek pillars that came from the U.S. Capital building are standing alone like an Ancient Greek ruin. Very different from the other parks in dc and also are located in a non traditional tourist area. There are a lot of meadows and paths here to wonder around. The bonsai trees are a real treat.

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    Way out on a not-very-attractive stretch of New York Ave. is a great treasure: the National Arboretum. Whenever I come here, which is not often enough, I feel transported to a whole other world. The old capitol columns loom over the park like an ancient Greek temple. Numerous paths lead you into meadows, glades, and wooded areas that are spectacularly landscaped to look as if they are wild places that have always been there. There are also great grassy stretches that go on and on, making me feel like I am way out countryside. Yet I am in the...Read More

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    Not since Mr. Miagi have I seen such a cool bonsai tree. A visit to the United States National Arboretum is a great use of taxpayer dollars where even adults can have an educational experience. The section of state trees is particularly interesting, and the original US Capitol columns surrounded by acres of soft grassy knolls make for the city's best picnic spots. Tucked away in a not-so-nice neighborhood of Northeast DC, this island of green in the ocean of concrete is the perfect picnic spot for couples, families, or someone looking for some...Read More

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    Free and under-appreciated botanical garden! They have different sections, each focusing on a different type of ecology and environment. You can walk around on the first level, or view the tropical plants from a canopy level walkway. They do their best to make it feel like a real jungle/desert/etc. There are plenty of places to sit and read or talk.

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    The USNA is probably my favorite spot in the entire DC area. I love going there because it is a little oasis of nature, and every time I visit, I always discover something new. It is usually very quiet and tranquil, with not too many people around. (There are a lot more visitors during cherry blossom season, because there are several dozen cherry blossom trees.) It generally feels like a hidden gem, and I highly recommend visiting if you love nature and the outdoors.

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by Robert Andrews

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Way out on a not-very-attractive stretch of New York Ave. is a great treasure: the National Arboretum. Whenever I come here, which is not often enough, I feel transported to a whole other world. The old capitol columns loom over the park like an ancient Greek temple. Numerous paths lead you into meadows, glades, and wooded areas that are spectacularly landscaped to look as if they are wild places that have always been there. There are also great grassy stretches that go on and on, making me feel like I am way out countryside. Yet I am in the heart of DC. Coming to the National Arboretum is a great tonic to my soul, and I recommend it to all Washingtonians and visitors to the city.

by Craig Schlozman

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Not since Mr. Miagi have I seen such a cool bonsai tree. A visit to the United States National Arboretum is a great use of taxpayer dollars where even adults can have an educational experience. The section of state trees is particularly interesting, and the original US Capitol columns surrounded by acres of soft grassy knolls make for the city's best picnic spots. Tucked away in a not-so-nice neighborhood of Northeast DC, this island of green in the ocean of concrete is the perfect picnic spot for couples, families, or someone looking for some quiet time and reflection.

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