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Introduction

Northern Virginia borders Washington, DC and Maryland across the Potomac River.

Some major cities and towns (localities) include:

Airports

The major airports on the Northern Virginia side include Reagan National Airport next to the Potomac River and Dulles International Airport to the north west. Baltimore Washington International Airport is in Maryland to the north east of Washington, DC.

Smaller area airports include military bases at Fort Belvoir, VA (Army) to the south, and Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to the east. Municipal airports in Maryland and Virginia.

Roads and Bridges

Transportation wise, major Interstate roads connect I95 to the north Baltimore, MD and south state capital Richmond, VA include the circular Beltway (I495), and arteries north-south I395, east west I66 and the George Washington Parkway, VA along the northwest-southeast. The Wilson Bridge crosses the Potomac River with the [Beltway] at Alexandria, VA into Maryland, though construction is being performed until approximately 2009 but is including pedestrians and bicycles in the new inner span possibly to open in 2007.

14th Street Bridge is a major bridge going along Interstate 395 into Washington around the Pentagon.

Chain Bridge is the north western crossing of the Beltway into Cabin John, MD.

Key Bridge at Rossyln in Arlington, VA crosses the Potomac River into Georgetown, DC.

Memorial Bridge crosses around Arlington National Cemetary and [[Fort Myer US Army] into the Lincoln Memorial around the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Mall in Washington, DC.

White's Ferry, a small boat ferry crosses the Potomac within a few miles of Leesburg, VA.

Some new tourists get lost on the George Washington Parkway next to the Potomac River without experience of the maze of exits, bridges and ramps.

Congestion

Some would say that traffic congestion in the Washington DC metro area rivals that of Los Angeles, California.


Public Transit

Public transportation includes regional Washington Metro Area Transit Authority MetroRail, MetroBus and paratransit for disabled. Bicycles are allowed on Rail off peak hours, and MetroBuses have 2 bicycle racks on the front.

County buses include:

Alternate Transportation - Bicycling

Alternate transportation includes bicycles described well at BikeWashington.org.

Rental bicycles and Segways are available in some locations.

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