Explore the National Arboretum

An Outdoor Expedition in Northeast Washington

Located away from the major attractions of central DC, the United States National Arboretum is well worth the journey to the edge of Northeast Washington. This 446-acre arboretum serves as an agricultural research site, and it also features beautiful botanical gardens, making it a must-see for nature lovers.

Flowers and trees bloom all year on the grounds of the National Arboretum, and each visit presents an opportunity to view a new type of plant life. Major collections include a National Herb Garden, a Flowering Tree Collection, and the Classical Chinese Garden. Unique public artworks can also be spotted throughout the Arboretum. Special events and activities are hosted throughout the year, including the Annual Garden Fair and the Orchid Show. The perennially popular Full Moon Hike is hosted at the Arboretum each season—check the calendar of events for hike dates and details.

Access to the National Arboretum in Washington DC is free and it is open to the public every day except December 25. Stop by the on-site gift shop to pick up a few horticultural keepsakes before you make your way make to Hotel RL.

United States National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726