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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Driving to the National Arboretum
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There are two entrances to the Arboretum:

  1. New York Avenue, and
  2. R Street, just off Bladensburg Road

Driving from:

By Metro

Return to top Driving from Washington, D.C.

  • Follow New York Avenue EAST to the intersection at Bladensburg Road
  • Continue straight on New York Avenue about 50 yards
  • Immediately bear RIGHT onto the Arboretum access road
  • Turn RIGHT into the National Arboretum entrance

Return to top Driving from Virginia and points south via I-395

  • Follow I 395 NORTH over the 14th Street Bridge, into the tunnel under the Capitol, until it ends at New York Avenue
  • Turn right EAST onto the New York Avenue
  • Follow directions for Driving from Washington, D.C., above

Return to top Driving from Virginia and points West via I-66

  • Cross the Roosevelt Bridge and follow Constitution past the Capitol
  • Bear LEFT onto Maryland Avenue
  • Turn LEFT onto Bladensburg Road
  • Turn RIGHT on New York Avenue
  • Immediately bear RIGHT onto the Arboretum access road
  • Turn right into the National Arboretum entrance

Return to top Driving from Maryland or points North and East

  • Take I-495 to Exit 22
  • Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295) SOUTH for approximately 7 miles
  • Fork RIGHT to follow Route 50 WEST toward Washington, D.C. (Route 50 becomes New York Avenue)
  • Turn LEFT onto Bladensburg Road
  • Turn LEFT onto R Street, which ends at the Arboretum gate

Return to top The Arboretum can be reached from the Washington Metro

  • Exit the Metro at the Stadium/Armory stop
  • Take B2 bus towards Mt. Rainier
  • Get off at the corner of Bladensburg Road and R Street
  • Walk down R Street to the Arboretum gate

Last Modified: 9/8/2005
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