Along the Western Bank of the Potomac River in Northern Virginia
The George Washington Memorial Parkway, also known as the "G.W. Parkway" was designed as a grand gateway and greenway to the Nation’s Capital. The Parkway is an oasis of greenery amid urban development with a variety of park sites that provide opportunities for everything from quiet thought to nature exploration to active recreation. It is located mostly in Northern Virginia within Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and the City of Alexandria with a short section over Columbia Island, which is within the District of Columbia. It runs along the western bank of the Potomac with its northern terminus at the intersection of the Capital Beltway (I-495) to its southern terminus at Mount Vernon, the Estate of George Washington. At Mount Vernon, the parkway ends at a traffic circle, where it joins State Route 235. It is separated into two sections joined by Washington Street (Virginia State Route 400) in Alexandria (Old Town Alexandria), Virginia. Along the G.W. Parkway. The northern section extends from North Washington Street at First Street, at the northern end of, to its terminus at Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, in Fairfax County, just south of the Potomac River. It serves as the primary access point to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The parkway also provides automobile access to Theodore Roosevelt Island, the LBJ National Grove, Gravelly Point Park, Fort Marcy, and Turkey Run Park. There are scenic view rest areas for those wishing to view the Georgetown skyline and Potomac Palisades.