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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The National Arboretum

Multiple choice quiz: Where was this photo taken?
a) Greece
b) Italy
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.

Koi, you always seem so desperately hungry yet the sign says when the food
is gone you've had enough to eat. So sorry!

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!

Additional information:


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.

1 comment:

  1. I cannot believe that I have never been to the National Arboretum. And it's really just right around the corner from where we live now. Okay, you've motivated me. I vow to make a trip this summer. Please hold me accountable:).


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