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Walking Washington, DC
Our Nation's Capital


The quaint and quiet sidewalks of Georgetown in Washington, DC
The sidewalks of Georgetown in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. TOUR: DAY 3

Be sure to allow enough time on your final day to cross the Potomac River for a morning tour of Washington's home — that is, President George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 16 miles south of the city along the banks of the river in Virginia. It's a sprawling complex where the President and his wife lived for many years: Its grounds and gardens are picturesque and ideal for strolling. For a fee, visitors may tour the Mansion house and the numerous outbuildings on the estate. There's also a four-acre working farm on the premises, and the final resting place of George and Martha Washington.

Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia
Arlington National Cemetery

Working your way back towards town means the next stop is Alexandria's Old Town, an historic area once frequented by George Washington and Robert E. Lee. Today, much of the charm of the Colonial era still remains with cobblestone streets and the low-rise buildings of its restored homes and shops. While Old Town offers many attractive restaurants and eateries, few places can surpass Restaurant Eve with its smart contemporary cooking or BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier with assorted Belgian and American dishes. If time is running out, for an informal meal on the way back to the city or to National Airport if you need to catch a flight, stop at Indigo Landing restaurant for its spectacular views of the Potomac River and of Washington itself. It is situated on a spit of land known as Daingerfield Island, home to the Washington Sailing Marina. Or if a view of DC is less important than a great burger or slice of pizza, stop at Rustico or Buzz Bakery on the way into town.

After lunch and before heading home, set aside some time to stop at Arlington National Cemetery, where nearly 4 million tourists visit annually to pay respects to fallen American soldiers and various dignitaries. The cemetery is also famous as the site of the Tomb of the Unknowns and of the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame. Before you start your tour of its 200 acres, be sure to stop at the Visitor Center to pick up maps and guidebooks. Because it is located so close to Washington, the Cemetery is easily accessible by car and public transportation.

For more information, contact the Washington, DC Convention and Visitors Association, 901 7th St., NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20001-3719, 202-789-7000, www.washington.org.

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