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Top Parks and Gardens in Washington DC

Top Parks and Gardens in Washington DC

Though Washington D.C is best-known for its monuments and museums, it also has a wide array of green spaces that offer respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. From the exotic plants of the U.S Botanic Garden to the hiking trails of Theodore Roosevelt Island, here are some of the best parks and gardens in Washington, D.C. 

U.S. Botanic Garden

Next to the Capitol Building, the U.S. Botanic Garden is home to plants from across the globe, including azaleas, lilies, orchids, and a tropical rainforest that spans different environments in the Conservatory.

United States National Arboretum

As well as boasting 22 Corinthian columns that once formed part of the Capitol building, the United States National Arboretum showcases ornamental trees and plants, and is home to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum. One of the best times to visit is in spring, when the azalea collection is in bloom. 

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Managed by the National Park Service, Theodore Roosevelt Island is a fitting memorial to America’s 26th President, who was known as the Great Conservationist. Perched on the banks of the Potomac River, the island is a wilderness preserve home to several hiking trails.

Washington National Cathedral Gardens

Sitting atop the highest point in the city, 59 acres (24 hectares) of landscaped gardens surround the Washington National Cathedral. Bishop's Garden is home to magnolias and orchids; Little Garden resembles a medieval herb garden; and Olmsted Woods is the last vestige of an extensive oak and beech forest.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Especially appealing to birdwatchers, the 12-acre (5 hectare) Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a National Park site where you can spot nesting, aquatic, and woodland birds such as night herons, indigo buntings, bald eagles, and great egrets. The gardens also feature exotic water lilies, which are celebrated during the annual 2-day Lotus and Water Lily Festival.

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DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour

DC At Dusk Guided Night Tour

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Ride a luxury mini-coach past major landmarks on this night bus tour of Washington DC. Gaze at floodlit memorials and monuments, such as the magnificent Lincoln Memorial and the glow of the Jefferson Memorial reflected in the Tidal Basin. After this sightseeing tour, you’ll understand why the nation’s capital is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities at night.
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Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

Washington DC in One Day: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the sights and sounds of Washington, DC in one day on this guided walking and riding sightseeing tour around the nation’s capital. Visit the city’s historic, iconic landmarks and monuments, like the White House, the United States Capitol, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial. See and learn about the memorials of famous American leaders who helped shape the United States, like Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name a few. Includes a seasonal Potomac River cruise.
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  • 6 hours
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Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Washington DC Open Top Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the most popular sights in Washington, DC on this relaxing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Drive past many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — including the White House, the Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, and Arlington National Cemetery, and choose where you want to get off and explore in more detail. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, then hop on at any of the stops on two different routes and get to know the city with an audio commentary. The 2-day Deluxe option includes a Night Tour.
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Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

Washington DC Sightseeing Trolley Tour with 1 Stop

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Depart from the Washington DC Welcome Center and take a 90 minute Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall.
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Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

Washington DC Monuments by Moonlight Tour by Trolley

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington DC by moonlight on this narrated sightseeing tour. Hop aboard an open-air trolley and enjoy an educational and entertaining history of the nation’s capital while traveling past each point of interest. Take in the stunning views of an illuminated Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the White House, and many other landmarks. This is a truly unique look at the iconic monuments of Washington DC by night.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

Private Customized Washington DC City Tour by Van

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Experience the very best of Washington, DC, on a fully-customizable, 4 to 5 hours private tour with a personal van and driver. Create the perfect route for your interests, choosing from over fifty points of interest. See the city’s political, historical and scenic highlights, or focus on a single theme, with plenty of time to explore the sites that appeal to you most. Take in Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court, gardens, Presidential memorials, War Memorials and landmarks, or head outside the city to see Arlington National Cemetery and Mount Vernon Estate.
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