Plan Your Visit
The George Washington Memorial Parkway is a carefully planned scenic route to the nation's capital. From the north it curves alongside the Potomac Gorge, highlighting its steep cliffs and rich woods. From the south it is a broad avenue punctuated with monuments to America's history. Overlooks and picnic areas dot its length, providing places to rest and admire the land it passes through.
There is no visitor center on the parkway itself. Information, brochures, maps, and National Park Passport stamps are available at parkway headquarters and at visitor centers at Arlington House, Glen Echo Park, and Great Falls Park.
The parkway connects many sites of natural and historical significance, including:
Belle Haven Park
Collingwood Picnic Area
Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary
Did You Know?
Features like cloverleaf interchanges and grassy medians made the George Washington Memorial Parkway "America's Most Modern Motorway" when it opened in 1932. More...