A Scenic Approach

The George Washington Memorial Parkway was designed for recreational driving. It links sites that commemorate important episodes in American history and preserve habitat for local wildlife. The parkway and its associated trails provide a scenic place to play and rest in the busy Washington, DC metropolitan area.


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Be a Bike Trail Ambassador

Looking for a summer internship? Share your love of bicycling on the Mount Vernon Trail as a Student Conservation Association bike trail ambassador.

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George Washington Memorial Parkway Junior Ranger badge

Earn Your Badge

Complete a Junior Ranger booklet to earn your free Junior Ranger badge.

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Bring your curriculum to life with a visit to the park.

Plan a Field Trip

Bring your curriculum to life with a visit to the park.

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Hear the Netherlands Carillon

Recordings of summer concerts show off both the expertise of the musicians and the craftsmanship of the carillon's 50 bells.

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Visit us on Facebook

Get an inside perspective on the parkway, including up-to-the-minute pictures and posts. You do not need an account to visit this page.

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Explore the Potomac Gorge

Learn about the communities of organisms that make the Potomac Gorge unique.

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