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Spending A Weekend In Northern Virginia? Things To See On Less Than A Tank Of Gas

One of the great things about living in the Northern Virginia area is all of the things you can find to do on a weekend. You don't have to spend a fortunate in gas or days traveling to enjoy a few hours or a day out with friends or family.

Wander the grounds Arlington National Cemetery. The views from Arlington House, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and President Kennedy's gravesite are just a few of the sites that make Arlington National Cemetery a must on everyone's tour of the area.

Interested in Aviation History? The Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Center is the newest addition to the Smithsonian but not located in DC. The center which houses the space shuttle Enterprise is actually in Chantilly VA about 20 miles west of DC. You will also find the B-29 Enola Gay and an SR-71 (Habu) spy plane. With flight simulators and an IMAX theater at the center it is easy to spend an entire day within the walls of the center. It is free to enter the museum but there is a $15 parking fee per car.

Check out George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate on the banks of the Potomac River. Most visitors drive to Mount Vernon but you can also take a boat tour from Alexandria and arrive on the docks at the front of the house. It is easy to see why George Washington loved this property and why it is one of the most popular places to visit in the area. The grounds are impeccable, you can see the farm life as it was in the 1700's and be thankful that preservationists were able to keep Mount Vernon for all of us to see 300 years later.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps located just outside of the main gate of Quantico is the ultimate Ooh-rah" experience. Designed to resemble the flag raising at Iwo Jima the museum this museum is designed to make you understand what it means to be a Marine. With interactive exhibits you can feel as if you are right in the thick of the action. This is a great place to pay tribute to all current and past Marines and understand their place in our US history.

And of course if you want to cross the Potomac River the National Zoo is always a great place to spend an afternoon!

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When you finish your tour and decided Northern Virginia is the area you would like to call home then call Cindy Jones and CJ Realty Group a call at 703-346-2213.  Let us show you why Northern Virginia offers not only great places to see but terrific neighborhoods, shopping and employment opportunities.  No hassle, no pressure just straight talk about the Northern Virginia real estate market.  Give us a call today.

 

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29 commentsCindy Jones • July 07 2011 09:50PM

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Hi Cindy, i love the title to this post, lol. Ain't it the truth? :)

When we were in Arlington a few years back, the Arlington National Cemetery was my favorite. It was a nice experience to see them change shifts at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Very moving.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, Century 21 AA Lindenhurst NY (Long Island NY Real Estate Agent) almost 3 years ago

Love it...I have been gathering stuff to do a post about my area!!!  

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) almost 3 years ago

Cindy, OK you've got me sold!  I've been to the DC area many times but I've missed these sites.  Now I'm tempted to take a trip to northern Virginia.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) almost 3 years ago

Cindy with the kids out of school and parents wanting to find something positive to do during the day this post is right on time.

Posted by Ed Silva, CDPE, GRI, ABR, Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754) almost 3 years ago

Cindy - what a great idea for a blog!  Just telling us what we could do!  Wow - I'm ready for a vacation - would love to take the tours!

Posted by Louise Thaxton, Military Mtg Specialist - 866-960-9115 VA FHA USDA NMLS 69996 (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corp Louisiana NMLS#2289) almost 3 years ago

I have never been to that "new" air & space museum in Chantilly.  Have to do it one of these days.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA (Long & Foster REALTORSĀ®, Gainesville, VA) almost 3 years ago

I still need to get to the new interactive exhibit at the Marine Corps Museum.  On the list for this summer.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) almost 3 years ago

Jackie-the Tomb of the Unknown Solider is a very beautiful and moving part of Arlington Cemetery.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Deborah-looking forward to reading your post on things to do.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Leah-if you decide to come this way please please please give me a call.  Would be glad to join you on a tour of the area.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Ed-fortunately in our area finding things to do is pretty easy and much of it is free.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Louise-head my way...I'm a good tour guide :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Chris Ann-it's big.  I chuckle when I saw the "super secret"  SR-71 spy plane on exhibit.  I used to watch them take off and land everyday while we lived in Okinawa.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Pat-maybe I'll give you a day off so you can enjoy it.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Cindy these are excellent destinations. Great Localism post.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, CDPE, Howard County Homes for Sale (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Ellie-thank you.  Hope you are staying cool during our hot July weather.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Thanks for this Cindy! :) I'll make a note to stop at those spots one day.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 3 years ago

Hey thanks for the localism, that's a good way to get your name out there. 

Hope you are enjoying a great summer.  It's been nice here in Seacoast NH lately. Please keep me in mind if you know of anyone relocating this way.  I'd sure appreciate it. 

 

Sincerely,

Patricia Aulson/ Seacoast NH & ME

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (PRUDENTIAL VERANI REALTY- Portsmouth NH Real Estate ) almost 3 years ago

Cindy, I have been to all the destinations, except one.... Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Center...  need to add to my list for things to do next time we travel to NOVA.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, RealtorĀ®, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County (Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate) almost 3 years ago

Laura-if you ever come to the DC area make sure to call.  We'll take the tour.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Patricia-I will keep you in mind if I have anyone headed your way.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Rebecca-where your walking shoes :-)

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Cindy....great idea for a post....I want to do the same for my area....I've been to 2 of your 5 places.....Arlington Cemetery and Mount Vernon....they are great places to visit.....Thanks for the idea!
Hope you have a great weekend! ---Rob

Go Vols!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 3 years ago

Cindy - I haven't ben to DC ever, and when the next president get elected, I plan to visit. I think I would get sick just seeing all the waste that's going on right now. I love the map

Posted by The Brewer Group - Franklin TN Homes (Benchmark Realty) almost 3 years ago

You picked some great locations Cindy! Folks around the country are so DC centric it is always good to let them know that Northern Virginia IS the Capitol of the Washington DC metro area...way to showcase us!

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) almost 3 years ago

Rob-of course you know if you come to DC again you HAVE to give me a call.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Elizabeth-it's an easy drive from Franklin TN to DC.  Make sure you head this way in the future.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Steve-lots of great things to see in Northern Virginia.  These as you know are just a few of the sites worth seeing in the area.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.) almost 3 years ago

Cindy - Another wonderful localism post! There are so many wonderful things to see and do up there!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, Palm Harbor Florida Residential Real Estate (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 3 years ago

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