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Gravelly Point Park

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Address: George Washington Parkway, Arlington, VA 22202
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Convenient place to plane watch...

Maybe you live in a spot that doesn't get a lot of low flying planes and you'd like to experience the sight and noise of a plane taking off or landing. This is a nice spot -easy... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe you live in a spot that doesn't get a lot of low flying planes and you'd like to experience the sight and noise of a plane taking off or landing. This is a nice spot -easy to get into and park. Other stuff to do here-but we just watched planes...

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Ile de Noirmoutier, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can get to this from the GW Parkway going north from the Regan airport. The exit is before the 14 Street bridge. It is a great place to picnic and watch the airplanes land. You can almost see the faces of the passengers. VERY NOISY. Free parking.

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Thank Brellie
Washington, D.C.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Jets landing at DCA (Reagan National Airport) or taking off (depending on what ATC has directed) scream right overhead at Gravelley Point Park, making it one of the most unusual parks around. The jet underbodies are so close, you think you could reach out and touch them. The park is free, with plenty of parking and is the intersection of... More 

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Thank TheMeadowsTravel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Not only can visitors stand directly underneath planes during take-off or landing (depending on the wind direction), right at the north end of the main runway for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but they can also picnic or use the expanse of turf grass for any manner of athletic activity, or relax and enjoy the view of Washington, D.C.

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Thank Steve M
Washington DC, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Greta place to watch planes fly in and out of DCA. Also has some picnic tables, bathrooms (porta-potties) and a sports field situated right along the river. Definitely a great place to get outside for a while.

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Thank srussell3travel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We visited during weekday afternoon, so easy access & parking. There are port-a-potties, a couple of picnic tables. Simply a small field & large parking lot to observe planes taking off. One less star because I thought we'd be much closer to the planes, but we were further away than expected.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

For years, we have been taking our grandchildren here to run, play, and watch the planes land and take off....they are fascinated with it! Also, a great place for people to bike and walk along the Potomac....highly recommend!

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Arlington, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

GP has a very nice boat launch which is free to use. Two hardened ramps. Can be a bit shallow during very low tides but small boats offer little challenge. There is usually ample parking (although non trailer rubes often take up a whole double trailer space...). The one caveat is the hours - it's supposed to be open at... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

The planes for National Airport pass some 20 feet above your head as they land. This is a very popular viewing spot with a substantial parking lot and right on the George Washington bike trail. Take the kids on a sunny day and they will love it.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a great spot for a lazy afternoon. Lots of grassy areas to watch the planes land, have a picnic or toss a ball around. Dog-friendly too!

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