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A Bit of Wilderness Worth Exploring in the Nation’s Capital

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My first visit to the National Arboretum in DC didn’t go quite as hoped, but my return visit this week could not have been more perfect. The previously bleak woods had come alive with color. The azalea blooms were peaking and the air was full of sunshine (and pollen).

National Arboretum DC Azaleas Path Late April

National Arboretum DC Azaleas Late April

National Arboretum DC Azalea blooms Late April

National Arboretum DC Azalea Full bloom Late AprilAnd even though it was noon on a weekday there were a lot of other people who had the same idea. The nesting eagles still had some of the best azalea areas shut off, but there was plenty to see.

National Arboretum DC eagle closures late April

And if you’re interested in seeing the yet-to-be-named eagle chicks, you can view them live on the Eagle Cam.

National Arboretum DC Capitol Columns picnic

The adjacent Capitol Columns are a great place to have a picnic, or if you’re looking for something a little less public, definitely check out the Dogwood area which has a wide grassy expanse and lot of benches and nooks tucked away.

National Arboretum DC Dogwood Trail

If you didn’t bring food, the Arbor House gift shop does offer bottled drinks, ice cream, and some healthier, somewhat pricey snacks. As well as the fruit bars served in American Airline’s first class snack basket. 🙂

Arbor House Gift Shop National Arboretum DC

Arbor House gift shop fig bars national arboretum

It took me far too long to make it out to the arboretum but now that I’ve been I’m a big fan. If you’re visiting DC in the next couple of weeks, this is a particularly beautiful time to visit!

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