Located two miles from the nearest metro station (Rhode Island Red line or Stadium Armory Orange/Blue line) in NorthEast Washington, DC, the United States National Arboretum consists of 446 acres of gardens, trails, and reflecting pools. While the location might deter some visitors, those who do make the visit will appreciate the peacefulness of the arboretum compared to DC’s more popular attractions.
The most popular collections include the original 1828 United States Capitol Columns that were removed in the 1958 renovation, the Bonsai Museum, and the Azalea Collection during spring. The Capitol Columns sit on one of the higher points of the arboretum and include a reflecting pool. Other areas of the arboretum include the Asian Collections, Dogwood Collections, Fern Valley, Friendship Garden, Gotelli Dwarf and Slow Growing Conifer Collection, Holly and Magnolia Collection, National Boxwood Collection, National Grove of State Trees, National Herb Garden, and Perennial Collections. Visitors can park at the visitor center and walk the arboretum trails or drive to small parking areas near the major collections.
Additional Information: The National Arboretum is free and open from 8am to 5pm year round except December 25th. The visitor center and bonsai museum close at 4pm and are not open during federal holidays.