One of the best kept secrets in Washington, DC the United States National Arboretum is a bit of a hike (2.2 miles from the center of the city) from major tourist areas. Again, a Car2Go will make this trek an easy one. Open only four days each week (Friday through Monday), it is 446 acres of themed and wild areas with a world-class azalea and Bonsai collection. There is a copse of Metasequoia glyptostroboides (Dawn Redwoods), a magnolia grove, and an interesting collection of conifers. The most arresting feature at the arboretum isn’t the trees, it’s the old Corinthian columns from the Capitol building (with a floor of the old steps) which were sighted by the iconic garden designer Russell Page on a knoll and are the head of a water feature that continues across a meadow.

Collection of conifer trees.

Old Capitol columns.

Cherry trees in bloom.

Grove of dawn redwood trees.

This article is part of the Garden Destination: Washington, DC article.

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