Few cities in the world can match up to the lush green locations in Washington DC. The first city planner of the US capital city, Pierre L’Enfant, designed the District in a way that it gets beautified by its public gardens. The same goes even as of now. Below is a list of the top 4 gardens and parks to visit when on a Washington DC tour.
United States National Arboretum
This botanical garden in DC is home to a museum, which houses an array of bonsai trees. Actually, these are ornamental trees that are grown using the bonsai art originating from Japan, situated in National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. Besides, the Corinthian columns and mile-long trials make the Arboretum an ideal place for a picturesque trek.
Rock Creek Park
This parkland offers everything from trekking to horseback riding and sightseeing to visitors. Found in 1890 and spanning around 1700 acres of land, a hike here will be equally scenic and thrilling, since it is home to hardwood trees and wildlife, especially species such as snapping turtle.
You can head to Smithsonian’s National Zoo situated in the spacious parkland if you would love to see more animals. If you are interested in horse riding or other recreational activities, the tree-lined paths along the National Park offer ample sights to see, including statues and memorials.
The Sculpture Garden of Hirshhorn Museum
This recessed garden, which is annexed to the museum along National Mall, is home to plenty of sculptures and installations, comprising that of French sculptor Auguste Rodin and Japanese artist Yoko Ono. The Rodin sculpture titled “Les Bourgeois de Calais” and the Wish Tree installations of Yoko Ono adorn the garden of the museum in DC. It is home to several other notable works as well, but its garden is one to relish during the trip.
Meridian Hill Park
This urban park spanning 12 acres of land has a waterfall, with statues of Dante Alighieri and Joan of Arc both done by other artists. It is also home to James Buchanan Memorial, which is devoted to the 15th President of the US. Yet again, its most popular activity is a drum circle held on Sundays during summertime in DC. The Sunday drum circle has been around since it was started as a custom back in the 1960’s, which marked the revival of African American community.