Travel to Northern Virginia – Episode 229

categories: USA Travel


The Amateur Traveler talks to Matthew Stone about his home in Northern Virginia. Matthew describes things to do in Northern Virginia either as a side trip from Washington D.C. or a trip in its own right.

We start at the famous monuments and Arlington National Cemetery just south of the District of Columbia and proceed to George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon.

Matthew then describes some parks and places to escape the city a short drive away.

Sure you know that the National Cemetery is in Virginia but did you know you can find a Black History Museum, an Apothecary museum, and a Tony award-winning regional theater all within walking distance of the Metro? Add in some National Parks, Civil War Battlefields, and the SR 71 Blackbird and you may just have to rearrange your plans for your next vacation to the nation’s capital.

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Show Notes

Stay in Arlington
Arlington Cemetery
Arlington House (at Arlington Cemetery)
Pentagon Memorial
Ray’s Hell Burger (closed)
Eventide Restaurant (closed)
Calrendon Ballroom
Iota Restaurant & Bar
Galaxy Hut

Alexandria, Virginia
Mount Vernon
George Washington National Masonic Memorial
Alexandria Black History Museum
Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
Little Theatre of Alexandria

Great Falls Park
Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Other National Park Sites

Matthew Stone’s Blog – Global Postmark
National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
D.C. Wine Country
Northern Virginia Civil War History
Manassas (Bull Run) National Battlefield Park
Fairfax Museum & Visitors Center
John Brown (abolitionist)
D.C. Duck Tours
Shenandoah National Park
Fairfax Virginia Tourism

50 Amazing Things You Must See and Do in the Greater D.C. Area: The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Guide
(Ian Plant & Joseph Rossbach)
50 Hikes in Northern Virginia: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacks from the Allegheny Mountains to Chesapeake Bay, Third Edition
(Leonard M. Adkins)



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Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Travel to Northern Virginia – Episode 229”



I’m curious about this one. I’m in Northern Virginia and it’s a pretty boring place to live, so I can’t imagine what a tourist would find to do here!



Thank you for this episode. It was so nice to hear an episode based on a location in the United States. I know you rely on people to bring you story ideas and while I enjoy listening about far flung lands, international travel is not in my financial means right now. It is nice to hear about a place that I might actually be able to get to one day.

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