My favorite U.S. airport is Washington National, located in the Commonwealth of Virginia (though bearing a District of Columbia address). I love not only its central location, but the beautiful architecture of both its old and new terminals. This Washington National photo essay documents the beauty of this airport.
Washington National Airport Photo Essay
National Airport, formally known as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, was built during the Great Depression on the site of a former plantation, with President Franklin D Roosevelt going around Congress in order to pull funds from other allocations to cobble together the money to build this airport.
The airport opened shortly before the U.S. entered World War II and a beautiful new terminal opened in 1997. Even so, DCA has a perimeter ruled that limits long-distance flights. It was enacted in 1966 in an effort to protect newly-constructed Washington Dulles Airport. Over the years, it has loosened with many exceptions that permit travel to the western continental USA.
After landing from Newark, I opted to take advantage of the crisp but beautiful afternoon to take some pictures.
American Express has announced it will open a Centurion Lounge at DCA in 2022. What a shame it cannot use this beautiful space for the lounge. I hope the new lounge will incorporate some of beauty of this terminal space.
In Terminal A, you can visit a small museum which shares of the history of this airport.
The old part of the airport is beautiful, but so is the new terminal, though a very different style:
As a bonus, here’s a few pictures from the very retro United Airlines lounge at DCA:
I view National Airport as a national treasure. This is a beautiful airport steeped in history and with a short drive or Metro ride into the District, also one of the most convenient.
Do you have any special DCA memories?