Arlington National Cemetery
Southern end of Memorial Bridge
Mount Vernon, home and burial place of George Washington, offers candlelight tours during the holiday season. Below, Glen Echo Park's wide range of activities includes a carousel ride.
(Hans Ericsson For The Washington Post)
Major attractions include the Tomb of the Unknowns, where a formal changing of the guard ceremony is held every half-hour in the summer and on the hour the rest of the year. The Tomb of the Unknowns contains the remains of unknown U.S. soldiers from World Wars I and II and the Korean War. A Vietnam War soldier was also interred until 1998, when DNA testing identified the remains of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie. Blassie's remains were returned to his family. Each of the unknown soldiers was presented with the Medal of Honor at the time of interment, and the medals, as well as the flags that covered their caskets, are on display inside the Memorial Amphitheater, directly to the rear of the tomb. The tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by the Army's Old Guard. The Women's Memorial, dedicated in 1997, pays tribute to all servicewomen in the U.S. armed forces. It is located at the Ceremonial Entrance to the cemetery. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily April 1-Sept. 30 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the rest of the year.
Fort Washington Park
13551 Fort Washington Rd.
Fort Washington, Md. 20744
www.nps.gov/fowa This is one of the few seacoast forts in its original form. The 341-acre national park has hiking and biking trails and overlooks the Potomac River and Mount Vernon. Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily October-March; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily April-September. Closed Thanksgiving day, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd.