United States National Arboretum

Botanical Garden, Park
3501 New York Ave NE (at Hickey Ln NE)
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726


  • The arboretum was established in 1927 by an act of Congress & functions as a major center of botanical research. It has a library with 10,000 volumes & approx. 90 publications on botanical literature.
  • The national arboretum of the United States, is a major element of the city's park system. It is the noted work of landscape Federick Law Olmstead, Jr.
  • The National Arboretum offers full moon hikes that allow you to hike through meadows and forests at night
  • Home to dozens of different types of flowering cherry trees during the spring, the arboretum is also a great place away from the Tidal Basin with family. Don't miss the original Capitol Columns!
  • Did you know? The arboretum has a National State Tree Grove, where all 50 official state trees are represented - each acquired from the state it represents. The oak is the official tree of the U.S.
  • Find the pauper hidden in the trees.
  • People get turned off by its surroundings, but this place is truly a hidden gem! Go in the spring for the azalea gardens in full bloom!
  • vast land of different types of trees and greenery.different trails to choose from & pavillions to see. its well preserved and its free! great for walks,picnics, quiet time & hangouts
  • Make sure to climb the hill to the west of the Capitol columns for a great view!
  • Great place to ride a bike.
  • Plant sale April. 26-27, check FONA web site!
  • Willowleaf Fig. In training since 1974.
  • Beautiful, enlightening & FREE
  • Great for a nice run with your dog!!
  • Bring a picnic and your camera. Breathe. Leave some of your heavy load behind.
  • Make sure to have some change for the vending machine to feed the huge koi in the pond behind the administration building. Powered by ParentsConnect.com
  • go running in the arboretum. Great location, awesome scenery and some challenging short hills
  • Visit during the Spring to see the azalea garden.
  • Take the tram tour to learn the history of U.S. National Arboretum.
  • Its so bizarre that youre in the city but you feel miles from it

Nearby places

1309 5th St NE (at Neal Pl NE)