The Netherlands Carillon stands next to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery and offers one of the best views in the area.
Gardens and Parks
The NPS Floral Library is a small garden patch planted by the National Park Service that features several varieties of tulips in the spring.
The blooming of Washington DC's beautiful cherry blossoms is a highlight of spring.
Hidden away behind the Smithsonian Castle, the Moongate Garden is a small oasis of calm inspired by Temple of Heaven Garden in Beijing.
The Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden in Arlington makes for a beautiful backdrop for wedding or engagement photos when the roses are in bloom.
Washington DC may not have the kind of fall foliage fireworks of places further north, but there are still good options for catching fall colors.
The National Arboretum makes for a pleasant park, but its official mission is education and research. With 446 acres and 9.5 miles of meandering roads, it's laid out as a very large park with paddocks, forested areas, ponds, and groves, lots of groves.