Space shuttle Discovery is headed to Washington Tuesday morning on the back of a 747 for a planned fly-around of much of the region between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. before the tandem lands at Dulles International Airport for delivery to the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

View Photo Gallery: Discovery heads to the D.C. area.

NASA and the Smithsonian are withholding the detailed flight plan for security reasons, but they have released a list of prime viewing locations, including:

(Laris Karklis/The Washington Post)

●The Mall, including Memorial Bridge, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the east end.

●Hains Point at East Potomac Park, south of Jefferson Memorial and 14th Street Bridge.

●Southwest Waterfront Park.


●Long Bridge Park, 475 Long Bridge Dr., Arlington.

●Old Town Alexandria waterfront.

●Gravelly Point, just off George Washington Parkway, near National Airport.


●National Harbor, just off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George’s County.

For more details on the fly-around, see this story from Sunday’s Post.

An interactive graphic explains how Discovery will be flown to Washington on its carrier 747.

For details on how the Smithsonian plans to display Discovery, read this piece from the Sunday Post.

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