George Washington Memorial Parkway

This parkway serves as a gateway to the nation's capital and a living memorial to first president, George Washington.

Mount Vernon, home of George Washington
George Washington's Mount Vernon, America's most popular historic estate
King Street, Alexandria, VA
A cosmopolitan scene along Alexandria's historic streets
Boutique shopping in Old Town Alexandria
Old Town Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront
DC by Foot tour, Washington, DC
Lincoln Memorial and Memorial Bridge at night
Lincoln Memorial and Memorial Bridge, Washington, DC
Mount Vernon, home of George Washington
King Street, Alexandria, VA
Lincoln Memorial and Memorial Bridge at night

The scenic, historic George Washington Memorial Parkway runs for 41 miles along the Potomac River from Mount Vernon in Virginia and into Maryland, northwest of Washington, DC. Explore the following sites along the parkway.

Mount Vernon

George Washington’s home is the most popular historic attraction in Virginia. See the mansion and gardens as well as the new museum featuring 23 galleries and theatres, more than 700 artefacts and fun, interactive displays.

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

One of the largest tidal freshwater marshes along the Potomac River, Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve is home to ospreys, herons and red-winged blackbirds and is a perfect spot for kayaking.

Old Town Alexandria 

Nationally recognized for its early-American architecture, unique boutiques, award-winning restaurants and historic attractions, as well as easy access to downtown DC, Alexandria is the perfect getaway to shop, dine and celebrate.

The National Mall

Washington, DC’s “grand avenue” is home to more than 12 monuments and memorials and the Smithsonian Institution, including:   

  •     Washington Monument
  •     Lincoln Memorial
  •     Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  •     Korean War Veterans Memorial
  •     Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  •     Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
  •     Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
  •     WWII National Memorial

LBJ Memorial Grove/Lady Bird Johnson Park

The memorial to President Lyndon B. Johnson includes 17 acres of trails and grounds for picnicking. Lady Bird Johnson led a campaign to beautify Washington, DC; her park is known for its beautiful scenic views and springtime flower displays.

Arlington House

Arlington House was the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his family for 30 years. It is now preserved as a memorial to General Lee and is located on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery

Hallowed burial ground for America’s fallen military and one of the most visited tourist sites in the Washington area. Individuals from the Revolutionary War to those who have died in current military action are buried here. Visit the graves of President John F. Kennedy and his family, marked with the eternal flame.

US Marine Corps War Memorial / Netherlands Carillon

The Marine Corps War Memorial is a statue depicting the WWII flag-raising on Iwo Jima. Near the statue is the 50-bell carillon presented to the US by the Netherlands in appreciation of support during WWII.

Clara Barton National Historic Site

Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross and a tireless provider of aid to wounded troops during the Civil War, dedicated her life and energies to helping others in times of need.  She spent the last 15 years of her life at Glen Echo in Maryland, just north of Washington, DC.  The home is administered by the National Park service and preserves the early history of the American Red Cross.

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