Unique Things to Do in DC: The National Arboretum

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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.

white concrete pillar under blue sky during daytime

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.

pink and white flower in tilt shift lens

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.

fall trees beside body of water during daytime

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.

Do you have other places that you'd like us to talk about next? Let me know in the comments down below!

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Comments (4)

Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

We never made it to the National Arboretum when we were last in DC a few years ago.  It is on the list for the next trip!

Sep 28, 2021 01:38 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have been there, and loved it.  Ron's bonsai teacher that the Bonsai Pavillion named after him.  He was a wonderful man.  A

Sep 28, 2021 02:14 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ritu - Washington DC has an incredible number of things to see and do.   The National Arboretum is but one of those many special places.  It should be on the "must visit"  list for residents and visitors alike.  

Sep 28, 2021 03:25 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Ritu,  Thank you for sharing the information on the National Arboretum.  I have not been there, but really look forward to going there sometime soon.

Sep 28, 2021 06:28 PM