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Arlington, Virginia

Gravelly Point Park

This lovely picnic spot featuring thunderous jet landings is an aircraft spotter’s dream.
Alexandria, Virginia

Torpedo Factory Art Center

A former major munitions plant that has been converted into a sprawling art space.
Arlington, Virginia

Ronald Reagan National Airport's Historic Terminal A

The romance of early commercial flight still fills this Art Deco destination.
Alexandria, Virginia

Gadsby's Tavern

This colonial tavern played host to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other famous early Americans.
Sterling, Virginia

Dulles Airport Mobile Lounges

These unusual rooms on wheels are holdovers from the 1960s.
Washington, D.C.

Abandoned Drawbridge Control Room

The hidden offices underneath Memorial Bridge have been locked up since 1976.
Washington, D.C.

Georgetown Waterfront

The little-known, 300-year history of the area includes former lives as a bustling tobacco port, parking lot, and industrial dump.
Great Falls, Virginia

Great Falls Nike Fire Control Site W-83

This former Cold War missile control site played an important role in the creation of GPS.
Herndon, Virginia

Nike Missile Launch Site W-83

An out-of-place Air Force radar dome is all that denotes this park as a former missile launch site.
Alexandria, Virginia

Fort Ward Park

Built to defend Washington D.C. during the Civil War, this fort became a post-war nucleus for a thriving Black community.
Alexandria, Virginia

Stone Mansion

Originally dubbed "Retirement" by the Navy Commodore who built it in 1780, this beautiful mansion is now the centerpiece of a suburban community park.
Centreville, Virginia

Mount Gilead

The sole surviving building from Newgate village, a colonial settlement that was renamed Centreville in 1792 after it was granted town status by the Virginia Assembly.
Alexandria, Virginia

George Washington's Distillery

The only place for a truly presidential dram.
Alexandria, Virginia

George Washington’s Whiskey

Taste the white whiskey that the United States' first president once distilled and enjoyed.
Fairfax, Virginia

National Firearms Museum

Collecting 700 years of mechanical death-dealing, the NRA's sprawling gun museum is a revealing testament to the American obsession with armament.
Lorton, Virginia

Mount Air Historic Site

This homestead was occupied by Union soldiers, who believed the owners were signaling Confederate forces.
Fairfax Station, Virginia

Bunny Man Bridge

This Virginia railway overpass is said to be haunted by a serial killer in a rabbit costume.
Fairfax Station, Virginia

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

One of the oldest train stations still standing in Virginia played a vital role during the Civil War.
Fairfax Station, Virginia

St. Mary's Church

The most historic church in Fairfax County played a role in the creation of the American Red Cross.
Springfield, Virginia

Snydenstricker Schoolhouse

The last early 20th-century schoolhouse in Fairfax County has galvanized the community and engendered a spirit of service among residents.
Lorton, Virginia

Pohick Church

This church is known as "The Home Church of George Washington and George Mason."
Burke, Virginia

Lee Chapel Cemetery

Burke’s oldest cemetery also houses the victim of the county's grisliest murder.