There are so many public parks and gardens in Washington DC, where you can have some relaxation time, while on your private Washington DC tours. If you are planning to go on your Washington DC tour soon, it will be in your best interest to keep in mind some locations where you can spend your leisure time wisely. Here are some top gardens and parks in the city, suitable for you.
U.S. National Arboretum
This is a place beautiful with its natural aura. The place has one of the biggest collections of bonsai trees in North America. Across the National Herb Garden is located the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum where these bonsai trees are displayed. There are the columns of former US capitol in the place and it is a perfect spot for a hike.
Sculpture Garden of Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum
It is in the middle of the National Mall. Around 60 masterpiece sculptures are adorning the 1.5 acres recessed garden. This includes Rodin’s famous work Les Bourgeois de Calais and Imagine Peace Wish Tree by Yoko Ono. There is also the display of other modern sculptures by De Kooning, Matisse, and Calder.
Rock Creek Park
Visit the park if you are fond of the incomparable beauty of nature. The parkland covers an area of 1700 acres. An Act of Congress established it in the year 1890. It was the third National Park to be established, and forms the habitat for many species like the snapping turtle. You can do numerous things inside the park.
Meridian Hill Park
This urban park was formed in 1912. It is made in a neo-classical style and covers around 12 acres of land. It has an attractive waterfall in the lower area. It is known as a National Historic Landmark. There are statues of famous people like Joan of Arc, Dante, etc.
It is a park that was formed a decade and a year after Lincoln’s death. There are two important statues in the park. One statue represents Lincoln and an African-American man. It is built as a symbol of the Emancipation Proclamation. Another statue is of the civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune. Her sculpted cane represents the gift she received from Eleanor Roosevelt.
It is located on the topmost point in Georgetown. There are around 40 acres of a garden here. Artifacts and ornamental plants are used to compartmentalize the garden. It will be at its best in May.
Add some of these parks and gardens in your itinerary for Washington DC tour, to have some memorable moments in the capital city.