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Northern Virginia is a region in the mountainous state of Virginia, in the mid-Atlantic area of the US. Northern Virginia is known for its beautiful landscapes, historical small towns and for being within easy access of the US capital of Washington. It’s also a great location for visiting destinations such as Richmond,Norfolk and Roanoke by hire car.
If you’re arriving in Northern Virginia via Richmond International Airport then it’s a 10-mile drive by hire car into Richmond. En route you could drive along the scenic banks of the James river, which winds through the city.
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Northern Virginia has many highlights for both history lovers and nature lovers to enjoy. The biggest city in the region is Arlington, which is known for its rich military heritage. Arlington is the home of the Pentagon and also Arlington Cemetery, a major resting place for US soldiers. Other highlights include the United States Air Force Memorial, the historic Arlington House and the Netherlands Carillon, a bell tower, park and music venue.
Washington, capital of the US, is a must-see city and a five-mile drive by rental car from Arlington, across the Potomac river. Highlights include the White House, home of the US president, the International Spy Museum, the African American Museum, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which has an IMAX theatre and showcases the history of aviation, the National Mall, a promenade and memorial park, and Capitol Hill, home of the US Congress.
George Washington's family home, at Mount Vernon Estate on the Potomac river, is a 19-mile drive from Arlington. The journey to the estate is along a scenic driving route known as the George Washington Memorial Parkway. This elegant plantation house and grounds offers rich insights into the colonial childhood of the country’s first president.
Northern Virginia is known for its scenic drives, making it wonderful to explore by hire car. These include the Great Falls and Georgetown Pike route, Snickersville Turnpike and Northwest Loudoun County route, and the Southern Loudoun and Northern Fauquier County route. The US is right-hand drive and remember to keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the Virginia ones before your visit.
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