Multiple choice quiz: Where was this photo taken?
c) Washington, DC
The answer is c, Washington DC!
The United States National Arboretum in Northeast, DC is one of our most favorite places in the city. Located off of New York and Bladensburg Avenues, just a few miles from the Maryland line, the National Arboretum is yet another natural treasure in the city. We've been dozens of times and still haven't explored all that the National Arboretum has to offer. Our favorite spots, so far, are the koi pond just outside the visitor's center (we're always dying to feed the fish but without fail the food is always gone!) and the surrounding areas including the National Capitol Columns (pictured above), bonsai exhibits and boxwood and herb gardens. We also love to hike (really with a 3yo in tow, this is more like a leisurely stroll!) along the many paths.
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Amazing bonsai specimens
There many wonderful picnic spots and most of the grounds are shaded. We've never run into a crowd at the National Arboretum and often find ourselves in spots without another person in sight. The National Arboretum is also a great place to view some really lovely cherry blossoms in the spring--minus the massive crowds at the Tidal Basin.
If you've never been to the National Arboretum or if you haven't been there in a while, plan to visit soon. You won't be disappointed!
Hours: The Arboretum grounds are open every day of the year except December 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.