Located just west of Washington, D.C., in Virginia, you will find Washington Dulles International Airport. Dulles caters to more than 24 million passengers a year and is considered to be the busiest airport in the area. Whether you’re traveling through for an extended layover or if you’re staying in the area, here is a list of the top 5 things experience near Dulles.
1. Visit the National Mall
The National Mall is a landscaped park that houses many American landmarks, museums and memorials. The Washington Monument, Smithsonian Institution Castle and the Lincoln Memorial are just a few of the popular icons you will discover while visiting. This can easily be a few-day experience, be sure to go online to select sites most important to you so you can accommodate your available time.
2. Manassas National Battlefield Park
Just 20 minutes south of Dulles you will find Manassas National Battlefield Park. Two major American Civil War battles took place here. It was also where Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson obtained his “Stonewall” nickname. Stop by the Hendry Hill Visitor Center to view various exhibits where you can learn more about the Civil War and how it relates to the Manassas National Battlefield Park.
3. Great Falls Park
Located on only 800-acres of land, Great Falls Park runs along the banks of the Potomac River in Northern Fairfax County. Take part in hiking, fishing, bird watching, kayaking and more all while soaking up the breathtaking views that the park provides.
4. Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center
The Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center is the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum annex at Washington Dulles International Airport. It is home to multiple exhibits including the Space Shuttle Discovery. With thousands of artifacts displayed in exhibitions on aviation, space exploration, and planetary science you will find yourself lost in a world of discovery.
5. Clara Barton National Historic Site
The Clara Barton National Historic Site is a 9-acre area that holds the Clara Barton House. This house was established in 1974 to interpret the life of Clara Barton, an American pioneer teacher, nurse and humanitarian. As if this legacy wasn’t impressive enough, she also founded the American Red Cross. Her former residence, the original Glen Echo home, is also on the property.