#151 – Visit the Netherlands Carillon

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A gift from the Dutch people after American aid during and after World War II, the Netherlands Carillonhas chimes that play daily on the hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Other patriotic tunes are played at special times through the year and concerts are presented on Saturdays and national holidays from May through September. On Labor Day, 9/6 a guest artist will play the 50 bell carillon from 2-4 PM. The site offers a panoramic view of Washington, DC and is a popular picnic spot.


#86 – Visit the Ball-Sellers House

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Arlington’s oldest surviving house, Ball-Sellers House, is open Saturdays from 1-4 April-October.  The original one-room cabin with loft was built in 1742.  It offers a rare view of what an ordinary person’s house from the 1700’s was like.

#33 – Take a blanket and go to Gravelly Point Park

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You can get a great view of the Washington skyline while you watch airplanes take off and land from Reagan National Airport at Gravelly Point Park. The parking lot is accessible from the George Washington Parkway if you are heading North from the airport, or you can bike or walk there from the Mount Vernon Trail.

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#21 – Visit the Marine Corps War Memorial

Iwo Jima Arlington VirginiaThe Marine Corps War Memorial, dedicated to all Marines who have lost their lives in defense of the United States,  is a statue depicting the Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima in 1945.

#2 – Visit Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington is  best known for Arlington National Cemetery which is also the site of Arlington House – the “Custis Lee Mansion”.  The mansion is undergoing restoration and is open to the public. Try to time your visit to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiiers which occurs every half hour from April 1-Sept 30 and every hour the rest of the year.  Other highlights include the Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s Grave, and the Memorial Amphitheatre where special events are held on certain holidays.

Memorial Day weekend is an especially good time to go. More than 250,000 flags  placed on the gravesites just prior to Memorial Day by every available soldier in the 3rd infantry in a tradition known as “Flags In”, and a Memorial Day Observance is held at the amphitheatre.  Check the website for specific times and details.

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