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Gravelly Point Park

George Washington Parkway, Arlington, VA 22202
703-228-3969
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Ranked #14 of 36 Attractions in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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washington dc
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is the best place in Washington to watch airplanes take off and land. It is great any time of the day or night. You can have a picnic or relax under the takeoff or approach pattern from National Airport. Bring a blanket and food then lay back and watch the planes. Depending on the wind they may land over... More

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Stopped by here today in the middle of my run up the Potomac. Lots of folks were there playing frisbee and a few Professional Whiffleball League games were going. There were several portalets and parking. Right on the Potomac river and directly under the Reagan National flight path. Wow!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Even for people that live in the area, this is a hidden gem. Parking is available off of the GW Parkway (going Northbound only). Lots of room to walk around and watch the planes take off from nearby National Airport. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, the planes will be either landing or taking off overhead. Watching them... More

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We stop by here every time we visit the area. Such a small thrill to watch the giant planes take off an land just feet above your head.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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140 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Throughout the year, Gravelly Point always attracts me. As a hiker and cyclist, it is a perfect place to start a ride or a hike. The Mt. Vernon trail passes through the park, and one can either head to Alexandria and Mt. Vernon in one direction, or Washington the other. Today I went to Washington. If you have kids and... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Watch planes land and take off while enjoying nice picninc food or fisbee or handball game or cyclying, you name it! Over all a good place to spend evening with family or friends! Parking is free but limited.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I usually run past this area from my hotel in Crystal City, but I've parked here many times for a run when I'm in the area but not staying. There's always been plenty of free parking, however I've always visited on weekdays; I imagine that on weekends it might fill completely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Parking is limited (albeit free) and sometimes getting into the lot can be cumbersome but there are few other places where kids can safely watch planes take off and fly directly overhead. The grass isn't particularly well tended to, and the picnic areas are too close to the port a potties, which can really suck on a hot day. Still,... More

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Tappahannock
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76 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We go to this park almost every time we take a daytrip to DC. It is located along the Potomac River at the end of the runway for planes taking off and landing from Reagan International Airport. There are usually lot of families picnicking and playing and little kids really are impressed with the planes taking off and landing just... More

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Alexandria, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Just north of National Airport, Gravelly Point is a good point from which enjoy the city from a different perspective. You can track the planes as they land, watch a soccer game, enjoy a picnic, get another view of the Potomac or simply look across at Washington. The Point is accessible by bike or foot off the bike path or... More

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