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  • 1. Arlington National Cemetery

    Cemetery

    Nearly 400,000 American war dead, as well as many notable Americans (among them presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, General...Read More

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  • 2. George Mason's Gunston Hall

    Historic Home

    Down the Potomac from Mount Vernon is the home of another important George. Gentleman farmer George Mason was a colonel of the Virginia militia...Read More

  • 3. Manassas National Battlefield Park

    Military Sight

    The Confederacy won two important victories—in July 1861 and August 1862—at this battlefield, also known as Bull Run. General Thomas Jackson...Read More

  • 4. Mount Vernon

    Historic Home

    This plantation and the surrounding lands had been in the Washington family for nearly 70 years by the time the future president inherited it...Read More

  • 5. Arlington House

    Historic Home

    It was in Arlington that the two most famous names in Virginia history—Washington and Lee—became intertwined. George Washington Parke Custis...Read More

  • 6. Carlyle House

    Old Town | Historic Home

    Alexandria forefather and Scottish merchant John Carlyle built this grand house, which was completed in 1753 and modeled on a country manor...Read More

  • 7. Christ Church

    Old Town | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    George Washington and Robert E. Lee were pewholders in this Episcopal church, which remains in nearly original condition. (Washington paid quite...Read More

  • 8. George Washington Masonic National Memorial

    Old Town | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Because Alexandria, like Washington, D.C., has no really tall buildings, the spire of this memorial dominates the surroundings and is visible...Read More

  • 9. Kennedy graves

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    A moving part of any visit to Arlington National Cemetery is a visit to the graves of John F. Kennedy and other members of his family. President...Read More

  • 10. Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden

    Old Town | Historic Home

    Built in 1785 at historic Lee Corner, the Lee-Fendall House was, over the course of the next 118 years, home to 37 members of the Lee family...Read More

  • 11. Morven Park

    Historic Home

    Within the 1,200 acres that make up Morven Park are the Morven Park International Equestrian Institute (a private riding school), formal English...Read More

  • 12. Oatlands

    Garden

    Five miles south of Leesburg on Route 15, Oatlands is a former 3,408-acre plantation built by a great-grandson of Robert "King" Carter, one...Read More

  • 13. Old Town Alexandria

    Historic District/Site

    Alexandria's top sights and bustling dining and shopping scene are concentrated in the charming Old Town district. A former haunt of George...Read More

  • 14. Section 27 of Arlington National Cemetery

    Cemetery

    Nearly 3,800 former slaves are buried in this part of Arlington National Cemetery. They're all former residents of Freedman's Village, which...Read More

  • 15. Section 7A

    Cemetery

    Many distinguished veterans are buried in this area of Arlington National Cemetery near the Tomb of the Unknowns, including boxing champ Joe...Read More

  • 16. Sully Historic Site

    Historic Home

    This Federal-period home has changed hands many times since it was built in 1794 by Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first representative...Read More

  • 17. Tomb of the Unknowns

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Many countries established a memorial to their war dead after World War I. In the United States, the first burial at the Tomb of the Unknowns...Read More

  • 18. Waterford

    Visitor Center

    Dating back to 1733, this National Historic Landmark village is a good example of 19th century life in Loudoun County. The Waterford Foundation...Read More

  • 19. Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

    Historic Home

    This plantation home was once part of the Mount Vernon estate, and from here you can still see the trees of the bowling green that fronted Washington...Read More

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