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George Washington Memorial Parkway
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George Washington Memorial Parkway
Description - George Washington Memorial Parkway, developed as a memorial to the first U.S. President, preserves and protects the shoreline and watershed of the Potomac River. It connects historic sites from Mount Vernon passed the Nation's Capital to the Great Falls of the Potomac. This thoroughfare passes through the same lands George Washington frequently traveled by horse. The Parkway may be used on any day to travel to numerous historical, natural and recreational areas.

Recreation - This site is a 7,200-acre national park which preserves a tremendous variety of natural and cultural areas. Recreation opportunities within the boundaries of the parkway and its respective sites are numerous. Visitors will enjoy scenic driving, hiking, biking, touring historic sites and structures and viewing interpretive exhibits. Sights along the George Washington Memorial Parkway include the Arlington House / The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Glen Echo Park, Great Falls Park, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, Theodore Roosevelt Island Park and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac.

Climate - Summers are usually hot and humid with high temperatures reaching 90 degrees F and above. Winters are generally cold with variable precipitation. Spring and fall are pleasant times to visit the D.C. area, as humidity is low.

Location - The parkway lies in Fairfax and Arlington counties and Alexandria, Virginia. It also leads into Montgomery County, Maryland; and the District of Columbia. The parkway is accessible from Interstates 495, 95 and 66.

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George Washington Memorial Parkway, Turkey Run Park , McLean, VA, 22101, Phone: 703-289-2500

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Alexandria Area - Minutes from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is a charming waterfront community featuring cobblestone streets, 18th and 19th century architecture, historic sites, tours, shops, restaurants and special events.
Northern Virginia Travel Region - In the shadow our nation's capitol, Virginia is home to many American bald eagles and other abundant wildlife. This rapidly expanding area still offers an oasis for the refreshment of the mind, body and spirit.
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail - The idea behind this trail is to connect the tidewater regions along the Potomac River to the Laurel highlands of Pennsylvania. The trail is a unit of the National Trails System.
Virginia National Forests & Parks - Virginia is home to some of the most popular national parks and national forests in the Eastern United States.
Virginia Scenic Byways - Virginia Scenic Byways are a wonderful way to visit the Commonwealth. From historic treasures to mountain views, the byways offer a comfortable choice in sight seeing.

George Washington Carver National Monument - Official agency website


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