If you intend to visit Centreville, Virginia then it is imperative that you take the time to see all the sights and attractions that the nation’s capitol has to offer. Washington D.C is only twenty miles away and there are a multitude of things to see and do here whether your interests lie in politics, history or any other subject. However one of the best ways to see as much as possible, is to take one of the many city tours on offers whether you tour the sites in an open top bus, hop off and on the double decker bus tour which enables participants to select exactly what they want to see and when, or take a more specialized trip that encompasses the areas you are most interested in.
The Mount Vernon and Arlington Cemetery Tour is one of the most popular full day trips of this kind, at Mount Vernon – the home of George Washington – in the morning and finishing Arlington National Cemetery’s. The latter includes a lectured tram trip to Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where participants can view the memorable Changing of the Guard Ceremony and view the eternal flame that illuminates the Kennedy Gravesite. Earlier in the day, this tour stops in the charming and picturesque Old Town Alexandria, a seaport town that was founded by Scottish merchants in the mid 1770’s and which is home to some of the most remarkable historical sites in the state. These include 17th and 18th century buildings and homes preserved in their original colonial style – some of which are now home to boutiques in the exclusive shopping center of town – and Christ Church, the local church attended by both George Washington and Robert E. Lee who both lived amid its cobblestoned streets. Lee was one of the most renowned figures in the American Civil War and the town – which served as a major slave trading post prior to the conflict – was occupied by Union forces and became a pivotal part of Washington’s defense and a vital part of the war effort for them. For those who prefer more informal sight seeing then there are also a great deal of antique shops situated alongside modern day art galleries so you will find something here to suit everyone.
This tour also gives ample views of the Potomac River, which is the sixth largest in the country and runs through the capitol and across the state. Additional stops along the way also include the National Gallery of Art, the National Archives and the Jefferson Memorial as well as other historic landmarks like the Iwo Jima Memorial, Pentagon Memorial, and Air Force Memorial, all of which are popular for photo opportunities. However no tour of the capitol would be complete without taking in the White House itself and this looks particularly magnificent when viewed after dark, on one of the many night tours where you can see it lit up in its full glory.