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Discover the Top Attractions in Northern Virginia


If you've explored many of the attractions in Washington D.C. and are ready to move beyond the city, Northern Virginia offers an attractive list of its own historic parks, monuments, and museums.

Mount Vernon Estate

Located along the shores of the Potomac River in Alexandria, George Washington's family estate is open to the public. Tours include the mansion, outbuildings and gardens as well as a new interactive museum dedicated to George Washington's life.

National Marine Corps Museum

Located near the U.S. Marine Corps Base at Quantico, this state-of-the-art museum provides multi-media exhibits for guests to learn about the storied history and mission of the Marine Corps.  The 135-acre site includes thousands of national artifacts.

Arlington National Cemetery

Located just across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, Arlington Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 American service members and veterans.  Notable Americans such as John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Robert Kennedy, as well as President William Howard Taft, are all buried here.  The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is always a poignant tribute to the many soldiers who gave their lives for their country.

Steven F. Udar-Hazy Center

This attraction near Dulles Airport is the Northern Virginia branch of the popular Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  The Center is home to the space shuttle Enterprise, the Lockheed SR-71 as well as other spacecraft the Smithsonian wasn't able to house.   An IMAX Theater helps visitors relive flight exploration and guests can also take advantage of the flight simulator for a fee.

Other Northern Virginia attractions not to be missed include:

  • Iwo Jima Memorial
  • U.S. Air Force Memorial
  • Great Falls Park
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Wolf Trap National Park
  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm

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