Airplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 884 times:
I am going to Washington D.C. next week and I wanted to know how to get to Gravely Point. I will be staying in Alexandria, VA. I hear Gravely Point has very good plane spotting. Does Gravely Point have an address?
Is there any good plane spotting areas in the D.C. area?
Ironminds From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 556 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 850 times:
Are you referring to the place at the end of the runway at National? I think it's pretty easy to get to, just drive along the parkway heading towards town from the airport and you'll get there.
There's a lot of really good planespotting in DC b/c of the flight paths for DCA, which unfortunately is too small to take any heavy metal. But, hell, you can hang out at the waterfront in Georgetown, have cocktails at Sequoia or one of the other places, and just watch the 727s go by.
Dulles, the bigger airport, is way the hell out in Virginia, but I remember once playing golf near there and seeing several 747s overhead, albeit at pretty good altitudes. It was the time of day when a lot of international flights get in.
Found some driving directions to a rugby field there, but the simpliest thing to do might be to take hotel/shuttle transportation back to the airport (even the Metro) and just walk to Gravely from there...
If the winds are frm the south, you'l get aircraft yanking and banking down the "River Visual" approach, and if they're on a north flow, you'll get departures right off the end of the runway...
Gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4329 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 818 times:
you can however walk to Gravelly Point from the terminal. Gravelly Point does not have an address. It's just a big open field and a parking lot where people play sports, bike riding, jogging, rollerblading, spotting, and fishing. You can get ride under the planes and hear the vortices while they're landing.