Where? National Arboretum, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
How much? Free
Open/Closes: Due to Covid-19, hours of operation have been modified. Click here to see the most updated hours of operation.
Pets: Must be leashed and owner must clean up after dog. See rules here.
At a Glance
More details of Our Experience
The National Arboretum is located in Washington, D.C. Click on the map to get directions on Google Maps.
When you enter, you will see the first parking lot to your right. If you park there, you will walk a lot and on the road. There isn’t any walking trail connecting from there to the woods. Therefore, keep driving to the right to see if there’s parking available closer. If you put on your GPS Capitol Columns instead of National Arboretum, it’ll take you to where the columns are, and there are parking areas there. Can’t promise there will be availability, though. I think we were lucky!
If you are looking at the columns from the backside, the Herb Garden is located to the right. Keep walking on the concrete trail and you’ll get there.
The Herb Garden is lovely. There are tunnel-like passageways covered with plants, and many herbs, being the most prominent chili peppers!
Also, multiple benches under a shade to relax, take in the scenery, get a water break and just breath fresh air.
It’s a great place to get ideas of what you can grow at home and for kids to see plants in action!
This is the path that runs along the columns, and connect to the Herb Garden and other places.
I hope you have a great time visiting this beautiful place. Being in contact with nature is proven to make you feel better and happier. Let me know if you go how it goes and remember that the easiest way to stay posted and in touch is to follow me on insta, where I also share videos of the places in my stories/highlights!