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Gravelly Point Park

Park and Scenic Lookout
  • Erik D.
    "main runway for Reagan National Airport.....The Breathtaking View"(8 Tips)
    Jared L.
    "Great view of DC and an astounding view of planes landing at Reagan."(4 Tips)
    "... to watch planes take off and land at such close proximities! A beautiful..."(5 Tips)
    Jen W.
    "Absolute best venue to watch planes takeoff & land--almost on top"(3 Tips)
68 Tips and reviews
  • planes land
  • runway
  • offs and landings
  • picnics
  • scenic views
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  • Ching Y.
    Ching Yu ™September 21, 2011
    Duck! The park is at the north end of National Airport. You don't need to wait long to get a great view of a jet plane coming in low and landing at DCA using the "River Visual" approach on Runway 19.
    Upvoted Jun 3
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonSeptember 19, 2012
    Wonderful city views and THE place to enjoy July 4 fireworks, but it’s the drama of arriving aircraft at Reagan National just a few hundred feet away that makes Gravelling Point Park unforgettable.
    Upvoted Jun 3
  • Rohini
    RohiniAugust 9, 2010
    lovely place! it is an amazing feeling to watch planes take off and land at such close proximities! A beautiful place to lounge on a weekend.. The beautiful scenic Washington DC on the other side of t
  • Erik D.
    Erik DannsApril 29, 2014
    The park sits right at the end of the main runway for Reagan National Airport.....The Breathtaking View and picturesque take offs and landings make this park a popular picnic site among other things
  • JL Johnson @.
    JL Johnson @User47September 21, 2013
    This park is well known in the aviation community for its view. Pack a lunch and enjoy the experience. Want to find like-minded folks? Search twitter for #planespotting and/or #avgeek. Ur pal, @user47
    Upvoted Jun 3
  • Carol B.
    Carol BDecember 24, 2011
    Spectacular views of planes flying into Reagan National Airport. The park is adjacent to the runway, so you are directly underneath the planes landing. Can't miss this exhilarating experience !
  • Julie G.
    Julie GerdesMay 17, 2010
    The Mount Vernon Bike trail goes right by here(2 miles from Arlington Cemetery) and the park has picnic tables- great for a pretty day. Bike ride+picnic =perfect!
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BumgardnerJuly 29, 2015
    We actually got to see planes take off this time. It is an awesome experience. Have been here many times. Would recommend to everyone.
  • Sarah
    SarahAugust 27, 2013
    Go here for awesome views of planes taking off and landing at Reagan Airport. Great running/bike path too!
  • Heidi B.
    Heidi BSeptember 10, 2012
    It can be busy on weekends. Bring a blanket & sit under a tree. There are only port-a-pottys here & they are nasty! Bring your own toilet paper & hand sanitizer (there are usually none of either).
  • Will L.
    Will LonghiniJuly 31, 2013
    Make sure you check the weather to see which way the wind is blowing. As cool as seeing planes take off, it's even cooler to watch them fly over your head and land.
  • Tom M.
    Great park directly in front of Ronald Reagan Airport's runway; best place to get takeoff photos. Ample parking in the afternoons.
  • Liane B.
    Liane Banse2 weeks ago
    Love coming here on my bike. Great rest stop located at the end of the runway at Reagan National. Planes are very low and very loud when they pass over you. Never gets old.
  • Cornbread H.
    Cornbread HeysoosAugust 17, 2013
    Great spot to watch the planes take off and chill. Take a break from your biking or running here. There are port-a-potties here too
  • Jared L.
    Jared LockeJune 20, 2013
    Absolutely amazing place. Great view of DC and an astounding view of planes landing at Reagan.
  • Peter M.
    Peter McGrathSeptember 22, 2012
    Good place to watch planes take off and land at National Airport, but stay off the trail unless you want to get (deservedly) run over by a bike or runner.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BajwaSeptember 7, 2013
    Hands down best spot to watch landing aircraft, river traffic, sunsets, the DC skyline. It's a marvelous relaxation spot!!
  • JohnWayne H.
    JohnWayne HazellAugust 18, 2015
    Relaxing atmosphere for picnicking... Love to see the planes go by. Went here trailing with AylaBrooks a lot.
  • Manuel A.
    Manuel ArringtonNovember 21, 2015
    A great place to come and decompress. Have a cigar smoke and watch the planes at night.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RakerAugust 13, 2014
    Who knew watching planes land and take off would be so popular? Based on the number of people here, it sure is! (And I've enjoyed it, too!)
  • Danny P.
    Danny PimientaMay 25, 2014
    Stand by the water on a hot day. Not many shaded areas available.
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WAugust 27, 2012
    Sit on the sloped grass by the fence facing the airport. Watch the planes come in for a landing right over your head!
  • Bradley B.
    Bradley BucherJuly 6, 2013
    Great views of the planes coming into DCA and the most parking on the GW Parkway
  • Mario L.
    Mario LabaultMay 26, 2013
    Awesome place to watch planes take off and land for all those aviation ethusiast.
  • P B.
    P BSeptember 7, 2015
    Well known as a great spot to watch the planes take off or land
  • William M.
    William MarshDecember 5, 2011
    The closest you'll get to a plane flying (without being IN it). Very romantic at night - despite being loud.
  • Erik D.
    Erik DannsDecember 7, 2014
    My favorite place to go think and clear my head
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsAugust 16, 2014
    Very cool place to go watch the planes fly in and out of Reagan.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MMarch 25, 2010
    Park your car and watch the planes fly almost so close you can touch them as they land and take off from Reagan
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGNovember 22, 2015
    Weird little park where you can watch the River 1 approach directly overhead.
  • Kim B.
    Kim BrannonJune 19, 2010
    Fun to stand at the end of the runway and watch planes takeoff and land over your head
  • Geraldine L.
    Geraldine LowellFebruary 5, 2012
    Catch the breathtaking view of aircraft ascent & descent against the beautiful backdrop of the sky ^_^
  • Tom I.
    Tom IgoeJune 28
    Good place to watch the planes take off from DCA
  • Rob P.
    Rob PegoraroMarch 8, 2010
    Demonstrate your aviation geekery by identifying each plane taking off from or landing at National.
  • Vanda R. C.
    Vanda R. CalhounFebruary 29
    Nice picnic scenery...
  • Airline Geeks / R.
    A great place for planespotters and AvGeeks!
  • Jen W.
    Jen WoodDecember 26, 2010
    Absolute best venue to watch planes takeoff & land--almost on top of you.
  • barbi
    barbiFebruary 16, 2011
    Especially cool when the runway's reversed and planes are coming in for a landing overhead.
  • JD
    JDNovember 19, 2011
    Best place to watch the planes on a nice day
  • Hilary T.
    Hilary TomenyMay 30, 2015
    A must-do on the DC bucket list!
  • Tucker R.
    Tucker RinerNovember 5, 2011
    try the planes! best in the DC area!
  • Laura H.
    Laura HoweMarch 20, 2010
    Excellent pace to hit the Mount Vernon trail for a run.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallOctober 10, 2014
    A great spot to watch planes flying to and from DCA.
  • Rikki V.
    Rikki Van SheltonApril 17, 2013
    Great day for a bike ride.
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisJuly 6, 2014
    Go meta and instead of taking pictures of planes, take pictures of people taking pictures of planes
    AirlineGeeks.comOctober 6, 2013
    A great place for panespotters!
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo AndreDecember 6, 2010
    That's an special and amazing place in dc
  • Travis R.
    Travis RichardsonNovember 23, 2011
    Lie down on blanket, look up to see planes flying right above you before they land.
  • Rob K.
    Rob KniazApril 12, 2010
    Cool place to kill time outside DCA. Park and watch planes takeoff or land.
  • Beth A.
    Beth A.May 15, 2011
    If the wind is southerly, the planes will land on runway 19: essentially right over your head!
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