With all of the urban cities and neighborhoods in the District of Columbia, you may sometimes feel that you need to be a little bit closer to nature. From all the foot pain you get from walking in concrete, to the fast-paced environment that the urban DC gives, and the towering streetlights all over the place, it is nice to appreciate the tree lines once in a while. Worry no more, as there is a gem in the DC area for all of that -- the National Arboretum.
The National Arboretum, also known as the "living museum," is located at 3501 New York Avenue, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002 offers a botanical collection of different varieties of trees that grow around in the DC area and also within the U.S. Formally established in 1927 under the name "Mount Hamilton", this 446-acre museum was then officially included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
The Arboretum offers a number of gardens and collections including Asian Collections, Azalea Collections, Holly & Magnolia Collections, National Herb Garden, and National Bonsai & Penjing Museum, to name a few. Speaking of Bonsais, this also houses "Miyajima," a 390-year old bonsai that survived the atomic bomb last World War II in 1945. This museum also is home to the National Grove of State Trees, which displays all of the states' official tree species.
Want to pay this living museum a visit? You can check out their schedule and the directions by going to the Official U.S. National Arboretum Site.
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