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Gravelly Point Park

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Address: George Washington Parkway, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone Number: 703-228-3969
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Watch planes land @ National Airport

Great when planes are landing to the South. Try for early evening---5pm - 7pm. Hard to get to; need to enter from Northbound George Washington Parkway.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Arlington, VA
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Arlington, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great when planes are landing to the South. Try for early evening---5pm - 7pm. Hard to get to; need to enter from Northbound George Washington Parkway.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a basic park (a few tables, trashcans, port-a-johns, and a pay phone) but it is right on the Potomac (jet skis and crewing teams) and at the end of the National Airport runway. Depending on the wind direction you can see planes landing or taking off right over your head! A must-see for transpo buffs and geeks!

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Vienna, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Was hoping to use this close in to DC and VA area to catch some rays. No beach just grass covered and some dirt. Not very good for setting out a beach chair and feeling ok in a bathing suit to get a tan. Also popular with taxi and limo drivers taking breaks and using the porta potties. No other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This is a really cool spot to watch the planes as they come in! There are plenty of places to sit and have a picnic as well. I highly recommend you use the bathroom before as the ones here aren't so great.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We took a leisurely walk along the water in Gravelly Park on the last weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival. It was a great way to view the trees without venturing to the other side of the river, with thousands of tourists. There were lots of kites as it was a windy day, cyclists, and walkers. Our son's dog was... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The Gravelly Point Park is one of my favorite park that border lines Virginia with Washington DC. The park is located next to the Reagan National Airport where you have a first hand view of the airport runway with a spectacular view of planes taken off and landing. The view of planes flying over your head at a low height... More 

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Frankfort, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

With all the problems and regulations since 9/11, there are very few spots to watch planes this close on any given day, short of having a ticket and being in the airport itself. The park is immediately at the north end of the airport and all you need to do it is pull up and put your feet up.

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alexandria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Fun place to go and hang and watch the planes come in and go out from Reagan National! The planes are directly overhead! Very dramatic and thrilling! There are a few picnic tables and lots of area for the little ones to run around. I like to get out of the car and walk down the path to the open... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It's just an awesome place to go to and watch planes take off and land almost on top of you. I would give it a perfect score if parking weren't such a pain during warm weather weekends. Seems like everyone goes there. People park there to go ride their bikes on the trail or go for a walk. There is... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This park is just off the George Washinton Parkway (and you can ONLY access it from the northbound lanes - if you're heading south, exit at Reagan and then get back on heading GWP North and it will be the first exit). Most people come here for one of two reasons: park and watch the planes landing and taking off... More 

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