United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. National Arboretum in Washington, DC Written by Rachel Cooper Facebook Twitter Linkedin Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Rachel Cooper Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Taylor McIntyre / TripSavvy The National Arboretum in Washington, DC displays 446 acres of trees, shrubs and plants and is one of the largest arboretums in the country. Visitors enjoy a variety of exhibits from formal landscaped gardens to the Gotelli Dwarf and slow growing Conifer Collection. The National Arboretum is most known for its bonsai collection. Other special displays include seasonal exhibits, aquatic plants, and a National Herb garden. During the early spring, the site is a popular spot to see more than 70 varieties of cherry trees. Getting There There are two entrances: one at 3501 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC and the other at 24th & R Streets, NE, off of Bladensburg Road. There is plenty of free parking on-site. The closest Metro stop is Stadium Armory Station. It is a two-mile walk, so you should transfer to Metrobus B-2; disembark the bus on Bladensburg Road and walk 2 blocks to R Street. Make a right on R Street and continue 2 blocks to the Arboretum gates. Public Tours A 40-minute tram ride with a taped narrative highlights the history and mission of 446 acres of gardens, collections and natural areas. Tours are available on weekends and holidays and upon request. Scheduled times are 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Visiting Tips Take the tour, it is the best way to see the grounds and learn about the gardens. Bring a picnic, which you may enjoy in the picnic area at the National Grove of State Trees. Check the schedule of events and attend a special program. See what's blooming, so you can plan ahead and be sure to see what's most interesting at the time of year that you are visiting. Be sure to see the Bonsai exhibit. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Fun Free Things to Do in Washington, DC Check Out These March Festivals and Events in Washington, DC Where to Stop on a Drive Between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Things to Do for Presidents Day in Washington, DC Explore The Best Gardens in the Washington, D.C. Area The Best Parks in Lyon, France Celebrate Spring at the Northeast's Most Fabulous Flower Festivals Best Places to See Fall Colors in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC 12 Best Things to Do Near Reston, Virginia Best Things to Do in Washington, DC with Toddlers Great Spots to See Cherry Trees in Washington, D.C. The 12 Best Dallas Attractions Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Brooklyn What You Should Know About the Anacostia River Top Attractions to Experience in Washington, D.C. What to See and Do on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.