Best Landmarks in Northern Virginia
Washington D.C. tends to get all the attention for its status as the nation’s capital and historic significance, but the border region of Northern Virginia also deserves a look considering that some of the land in D.C. originally came from this area. Northern Virginia is also full of its own top historic landmarks and sights that can’t be missed if you’re in the area.
Memorials and Cemeteries
As you might expect from such a historic area, memorials and cemeteries are popular spots here. The Air Force Memorial is an impressive structure near the Pentagon with 270 foot triple spires
that immortalize the USAF Thunderbird bomb burst maneuver. One of the top sights in Northern Virginia is undoubtedly the Arlington National Cemetery. Within this expansive cemetery you can also find the Tomb of the Unknowns, which honors American soldiers who died in the World Wars and Korean War, but were never identified. Near the cemetery, you will also find the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, which depicts the iconic flag raising on Iwo Jima.
The Arlington National Cemetery itself is expansive, holding close to 400,000 American soldiers who died in wars as well as notable people in American history. You will find President John F. Kennedy’s grave within the cemetery as well.
The museums in Northern Virginia record the distinct experiences and culture of the area. The Alexandria Black History Museum displays African American history in Virginia and contains a huge amount of material recording the contributions of African Americans. This is especially significant when you realize that the port town was a highly active market for slave export during that period.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and National Museum of the Marine Corps are two military-themed museums. The latter is right next to the Marine Corps Base in Quantico and serves as an important tribute to all people serving in the Marines, past, present and future. You can also find the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax where a huge amount of historic gun types are displayed.
Northern Virginia is home to the old houses of historic figures like Robert E. Lee, George Washington and John Carlyle, the forefather of Alexandria. The boyhood house of Robert E. Lee is not open to visitors, but it’s worth a drive-by as it is a prime example of 19th century Federal architecture. The Carlyle House is open to visitors and contains original 18th century woodwork and even offers an exhibit detailing how the house was built.
Along with the Arlington Cemetery, George Washington’s house and land in Mount Vernon is one of the top draws in Northern Virginia. The huge 8,000 acre plantation housed five farms and eventually the grand mansion that stands today. The site includes a National Treasure tour, a museum, interactive displays and on special occasions, actors in period dress. Also on the site are reproductions of Washington’s Gristmill and Distillery, which still makes small batches of original recipe whiskey.
As a company based out of the Washington DC Metropolitan area, Artisan Movers holds Northern Virginia and it’s surrounding areas very close to our hearts. Should you find yourself interested in visiting some of these landmarks and you’re from out of town, check out some of these local NOVA lodging options. Lastly, if you ever have a need for Northern Virginia movers, don’t hesitate to reach out to Artisan Movers.