Learn About the Park

Stops along this ceremonial road form a sweeping course in American civics, from historic issues like colonization and slavery to pressing issues like climate change. These pages will help you understand the meaning of each.

Engineering drawing of the Jones Point lighthouse

History and Culture
Explore the history and culture behind places along the parkway, such as the Marine Corps War Memorial and the Jones Point Lighthouse.

Aerial view of Dyke Marsh with fallen trees at the shoreline

Learn about the natural world that makes this park special, such as the unique Potomac Gorge ecosystem and the fragile processes that create Dyke Marsh.

Historic photo of President Eisenhower cutting the ribbon as the parkway opens

Photos & Multimedia
Browse photos and videos for a visual record of the park's history or a chance to hear a carillon concert.

Ranger showing students how plants grow

The park offers many resources for teachers and their students, including lesson plans and field trips.


Last updated: September 13, 2018

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George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters
700 George Washington Memorial Parkway

McLean, VA 22101


703 289-2500

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