Many families in Central Virginia will enjoy a long holiday weekend for Memorial Day. Some families will stay close to home over the long weekend.
Other families have already left town to spend the weekend at the beach. Camping is another popular activity for Central Virginia families over long weekends.
For some families, a long weekend getaway isn’t possible due to work or other responsibilities. One of these day trips may be just the right way for your family to spend part of the holiday weekend.
Arlington National Cemetery is located just outside Washington, D.C. There will be crowds at the cemetery this weekend as Memorial Day is observed.
Arlington is the final resting place for many famous military figures; however, the cemetery began as a potter’s field in 1864. By the Civil War’s end, more than 5,000 soldiers had been buried there.
The most visited grave at Arlington is the Tomb of the Unknowns. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment provides sentinels who maintain a 24-hour vigil 365 days a year at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The Changing of the Guard Ritual takes place every 30 minutes from April to September and every hour from October through March.
More than four million people visit Arlington each year. The National Memorial Day Observance will be held at Arlington on May 27 at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Washington, D.C. is another great day trip destination. Although you can’t see it all in a day, your family can choose a part of Washington to explore if you spend a long day in the city.
Hopping on the Tourmobile to travel from site to site or taking a Segway or bike tour will reduce the amount of time spend walking.
The Mall is the center of activities in Washington, D.C. All of the Smithsonian museums and nearly all of the monuments and memorials are a short walk away from the Mall.
The Rolling Thunder Run will take place over the Memorial Day weekend. Motorcyclists from across the country will ride from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at noon to honor the POWs and MIAs.
Virginia Beach is only a few hours away from Central Virginia. There’s always plenty to see and do at the beach.
Whether you spend the day playing in the waves, walking the boardwalk, flying kites, building sand castles or riding bikes, your family will enjoy the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.
You can reach many of the 35 Virginia State Parks in an hour or two. Hiking, camping, boat rentals, picnic shelters and beaches await at the parks.
There are organized activities at all of the Virginia State Parks this weekend including ranger-led nature hikes, canoe tours, live music and more.
A weekend hike may be just your family’s style. The Appalachian Trail can be reached in less than an hour from Central Virginia.
Find a hike, ranging from easy to strenuous, at the website and enjoy the views. You’ll find waterfalls, bridges, creeks, wildflowers and more on the Appalachian Trail.
Take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend. The scenic highway connects Shenandoah National Park in Northern Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Some favorite stops off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia include Humpback Rocks, the James River Visitors Center and the Peaks of Otter area.
However your family spends the long Memorial Day weekend, take some time to honor the memories of military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in a quest for freedom.