. . . had a close encounter with Washington's jet set. At Gravelly Point, you'll gain a whole new perspective on the miracle of flight as the flying machines from Reagan National Airport thunder overhead. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, the jets take off or land on a line directly over the park -- low enough to look in the windows. The best time to go: early and mid-morning and early evening on weekdays, when thousands of business travelers shuffle off to somewhere else. Or spend a romantic Sunday night under the lights of the landing beacons, watching the weekend getaway crowd come home.
By car: Just north of the airport, accessible from the northbound lanes of George Washington Memorial Parkway.
By bike or by foot: Along the Mount Vernon Trail between the 14th Street bridge and Alexandria.
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