- Wide-open spaces and beautiful plant life define any visit to the United States National Arboretum. Officially, the National Arboretum is a living museum for the cultivation and scientific study of trees, shrubs and plants. Locally, the Arboretum provides 446 acres of gently rolling fields, impeccable gardens and wooded forest. Driving, biking, hiking and walking paths lace the grounds and every season brings something exciting with dogwoods, magnolias, conifers, azaleas, bonsai and herb gardens. Open-air 35-minute tram tours are available. The tour narrative is pre-recorded and informative. See the ticket kiosk at the R Street Gate parking lot: $2, $3 and $4 for kids, seniors and adults. Snacks are available but bring a picnic to enjoy, inquire about designated areas. The National Arboretum is very car friendly with free parking available throughout the grounds. Pets are welcome but must remain leashed to protect the plant collections. Visiting the National Arboretum by car is easy since it's only about ten minutes from the Capitol building. Public transit services the Arboretum but it does involve a combination of Metro rail and bus. See website for details.
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