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User currently offlineAirplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 908 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?

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User currently offlineIronminds From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 556 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 874 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.

Hope this helps.

User currently offlineEt767fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 31 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 870 times:

You have to get into the airport and make an exit. Gravely Point should be the first exit off the GW parkway on your right. Have fun

caution: wake turbulance!
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 868 times:

You can walk to Gravelly point from the DCA metro station. Just follow the same directions as above and you will wind up there soon enough - its about a 12 minute walk.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 866 times:

Great spotting site... As mentioned, just north of the airport itself...


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...


User currently offlineAirplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 855 times:

Thanks that is a big help! I will be looking into it!!

User currently offlineGocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4338 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 842 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.

When you planning on coming to DCA?


User currently offlineAirplanelover From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 814 times:

Probably Sunday or Monday

User currently offlineJzucker From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 810 times:

i admire the pilots who fly ILS approaches to runway 19 with gusting crosswinds...especially the 757 pilots..

User currently offlineKohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 802 times:

Just one word of advice... take care of any 'physiological necessities' before you go because the Porta-pottys at the park are not a pleasant experience.

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