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Northern Virginia Tourist Attractions

Northern Virginia's closeness to Washington D.C. makes it a prime location for historical and cultural attractions.

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington cemetery is the nation’s most prestigious military burial ground. It contains more than 300,000 graves including President John F. Kenney, President William Howard Taft, Robert Kennedy and veterans who served in the nation’s wars. One of its most visited sites is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where visitors can watch the solemn ritual of the changing of the guard. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/

Mount Vernon
The home of George Washington, the nation’s first president, is a remarkable showcase for the energy, intelligence and life. Visitors will see the mansion that brought hundreds of visitors every year to see the hero of the Revolutionary War, dozens of outbuildings and a vibrant farm that grew from 2,000 to 8,000 acres during his life. http://www.mountvernon.org/

Old Town Alexandria
This historic neighborhood that lies along the waterfront of the Potomac River is a chance to stroll along cobblestone streets, explore boutique shops and galleries, and eat at numerous restaurants ranging from casual to sophisticated. http://www.visitalexandriava.com

Great Falls Park
This national park located only 15 miles from Washington D.C. is known for its jagged rocks and falls along Mather Gorge on the Potomac River. Nearly 500,000 people visit this 800-acre park every year to hike along the Potomac and enjoy a picnic by the water. http://www.nps.gov/grfa/

National Marine Corps Museum
It isn’t possible to drive along I-95 north to Washington D.C. without seeing the towering spire of Marine Corps museum that clearly evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima, one of the most famous battles in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. The museum’s 120,000-square-foot structure has interactive exhibits that surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. http://www.usmcmuseum.org/

Wolf Trap National Park
Wolf Trap is a park, but it’s main purpose is to provide concerts by famous musicians. Visitors can get a seat in the outdoor venue, but many opt instead to lie on the lawn and relax to performances while having a picnic. It is the nation’s only park dedicated to the performing arts. http://www.wolftrap.org/

Manassas National Battlefield Park
The park is the location of two major battles during the Civil War that made it clear the war would last a long time. The park has a visitors center, orientation film and museum exhibits in addition to a chance to tour the battlefield. http://www.nps.gov/mana


State Attractions

Natural Bridge Nature’s Art
Walton’s Mountain Museum
Shenandoah Attractions
Mill Mountain Zoo
Washington’s Mt. Vernon
Luray Caverns Tips
Dolphin Watch
Hampton Roads Attractions
Virginia Air and Space Center
Virginia Aquarium
Yorktown Battlefield
Old Town Alexandria
Southern Virginia Attractions
Virginia Zoo: 500+ Animals
Blue Ridge Parkway
Central VA Attractions
Museum of Fine Arts
Carytown Blends Old South and Hipster for Shoppers
Lewis Ginter Garden Tour
Northern VA Attractions
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