George Washington Memorial Parkway

The George Washington Memorial Parkway links important historical sites within the Washington, D.C., metro area while preserving natural habitats. At least nine historical sites are along its route, and many others are located incredibly close by. Its design allows visitors to move from one location to another quickly. Congress originally authorized this road in 1929 to run from Arlington to Mount Vernon, and it has been extended to include Great Falls Park. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near George Washington Memorial Parkway

Consider starting your drive on the George Washington Memorial Parkway by exiting Route 495. Enjoy the views of the Potomac River along its northern section, and then view many monuments from its southern end before you reach Mount Vernon and Great Falls Park. There are numerous places to stop and hike. You will also want to spend time paying tribute at Arlington National Cemetery. 

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How To Get To George Washington Memorial Parkway

The George Washington National Parkway is a road that can be accessed at numerous points. If you have been visiting the National Mall in Washington, D.C., it is easy to get on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Start by going south on US 1 South. Take the exit onto Interstate 395 South. Exit onto Henry G. Shirley Memorial Highway, and then, keep right at the fork to get on George Washington Memorial Parkway. 


George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters, 700 George Washington Memorial Parkway, McLean, VA 22101

Fee: Entry fee $0

The George Washington Memorial Parkway connects many sites along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. You can travel from the National Mall to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in about 20 minutes using the parkway. There are plenty of other places to explore, hiking trails, and activities near the parkway as well. The best way to explore the parkway is in an RV. You can fix your meals, have a comfortable place to rest, and look forward to sleeping well at night in a bed of your own.