Tour the George Washington Memorial Parkway

Explore this gateway to the nation's capital and a living memorial to its first president, George Washington.

George Washington's Mount Vernon, America's most popular historic estate
Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, monuments, attractions, Washington, DC, USA
The National Mall in DC is lined with iconic monuments and memorials
King Street in Alexandria, Virginia
A cosmopolitan scene along Alexandria's historic streets
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Arlington National Cemetery
Iwo Jima statue at Marine Corps War Memorial
Marine Corps War Memorial
Arlington House, Robert E. Lee Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington House, Arlington National Cemetery
Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, monuments, attractions, Washington, DC, USA
King Street in Alexandria, Virginia
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Iwo Jima statue at Marine Corps War Memorial
Arlington House, Robert E. Lee Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery

The scenic, historic George Washington Memorial Parkway runs 41 miles along the Potomac River, from Mount Vernon in Virginia and northwest of Washington, DC. Explore the following sites along the parkway, some honouring the country's first president.

Mount Vernon

George Washington’s home is the most popular historic attraction in Virginia. See the mansion and gardens, as well as the museum featuring 23 galleries and theatres, more than 700 artefacts and 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, making it 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 Washington, 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, as well as 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. Now preserved as a memorial to General Lee, the house is located on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery

Walk the hallowed burial grounds for America’s fallen military at 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 United States 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.

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