United States Botanic Garden - Things To Do in Washington DC - LikeALocal Guide

A real gem in a corner
of the mall

United States Botanic Garden

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Why locals love it

While visitors flock to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, they often miss the United States Botanic Garden, which is a real pity. A wide range of indoor and outdoor exhibits is offered - showcasing both common and rare species covering desert, rainforest, jungle and many other landscapes.

Why you should visit it

Established in 1820, this free attraction is well worth a visit and consists largely of a gorgeous enormous greenhouse located on the corner of the National Mall adjacent to the United States Capital and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Special tip

The orchid garden is a particular standout.

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Very peaceful place next to the US Capitol. A wonderful break from conventional museum viewing.
April 4, 2018
Truly a gem
June 18, 2015

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