National Arboretum

Established in 1927, the U.S. National Arboretum consists of 446 acres. One of Washington’s most notable and unusual landmarks is the National Capitol Columns.  The park hosts 7,000 kinds of plants and also features the National Grove of State Trees.  Spend the day walking the 2.6 mile loop and pack a picnic.

The columns rest on a foundation made from steps that were also once located on the east side of the U.S. Capitol. Old identification marks from the quarry are still visible on some of the stones. A reflecting pool fed by a small rivulet of water that runs down a channel in the steps reflects the columns and provides sound and movement.

Due to covid the Bonsai and Penjing Museum are closed.  I will have to come back to view the trees from Japan, China and the Viewing Stones.


3501 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

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