Washington: 10 Things to Do

9. Gravelly Point

Gravelly Point near the Crystal City section of Arlington, Virginia a Boeing 727 prepares to land at Ronald Reagan National Airport Douglas Graham / Congressional Quarterly / Getty
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To get a break from all the history and heritage, head across the Potomac River to Gravelly Point park (off the northbound George Washington Parkway in Virginia). It's a grassy knoll known only to locals where you can watch airplanes come in (shockingly close to your head) for a landing just a few hundred feet away at Reagan National Airport. There is also a walking and biking path that runs along the river, plus a pretty view of Washington.

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