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Arlington (Virginia)

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Arlington is an urban county in Virginia, directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. With a population of 210,000, yet a land area of only about 26 square miles, Arlington is one of America's mostly densely populated jurisdictions [66]. Despite its density, Arlington mixes the best of both big city and suburban environments. No incorporated towns or cities lie within Arlington County borders; all local government is at the county level.

Arlington has grown with the DC area, even during nation-wide economic downturns. This is mostly due to the large number of employees of the federal government and its contractors.


Understand[edit]

The Teddy Roosevelt Memorial on his eponymous island in the Potomac
A older view of the Rosslyn skyline from D.C.

Arlington is part of the original "ten miles square" which the US Constitution dedicated as Washington DC, the nation's capital. In 1846, as a result of issues relating to congressional representation, worries by Arlington residents that D.C would ban slavery, and an economic downturn as a result of the fact that Federal government offices were located on the northern side of the Potomac River, the U.S. Congress returned Arlington and Alexandra to Virginia. Most travelers to Arlington will visit both Washington, D.C. and Arlington, and the two cities are seamlessly linked together by the Metrorail system.

When to visit[edit]

If you want to avoid the crowds, consider visiting between November and March. Hotels are generally more expensive during the week due to business travel. One of the busiest times to visit the Washington area is during the Cherry Blossom Festival in early April. The springtime blossoms are a must see, but hotel rooms fill up quickly.

Get in[edit]

Overview map
The Pentagon, and its mighty parking lots.

By plane[edit]

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA), [67] is in Arlington and is served by several major regional airlines. This airport is directly linked to the Metrorail system and thus very convenient.
  • Dulles International Airport (IATA: IAD), [68] is approximately 15 miles (a 45 minute drive during rush hour) outside of Arlington and accessible via shuttle bus and taxi. Metrobus 5A [69], operates between the airport and Rosslyn Metro Station (Blue and Orange Metro Lines) in Arlington. It generally departs from the airport every 40 minutes on weekdays and hourly (though not on the hour) on weekends, taking 40-50 minutes to the Rosslyn Metro Station. The fare is $7.50 one-way (no change given). The bus stops near Curb 2E outside of the terminal. Alternatively, the Silver Line Express bus connects Dulles Airport with the Wiehle-Reston stop on the Silver Line, which operates every 15-20 minutes and costs $5 each way.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, Megabus and several other bus companies operate service to Washington, D.C.. Vamoose Bus [70] and Tripper Bus [71] operate direct service between New York City and Arlington. Pickup/drop-off points are near the Rosslyn Metro Station.

By train[edit]

  • The closest intercity train station is Union Station in Washington, DC, 10-15 minutes by car from Arlington, or 30 minutes by metro. One of the busiest passenger rail terminals in the U.S., Union Station is serviced by Amtrak, VRE, and MARC. For southbound trips, Amtrak and VRE serve the smaller Alexandria Station, 3 miles south near the King Street Metrorail station on the western edge Old Town Alexandria.
  • The Washington Area Metrorail makes several stops in Arlington. The Orange Line stops are Ballston-MU, Virginia Square-GMU, Clarendon, Court House, and Rosslyn. The Blue and Yellow Line stops are Rosslyn, Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Crystal City, and Reagan National Airport.

By car[edit]

  • Highways entering Arlington include I-395 from the Southwest, I-66 and US Route 50 from the West, George Washington Parkway from the Northwest, and US Route 1 from the South. All connect to the Washington beltway (I-495). In addition, there are 3 bridges that cross the Potomac River between Arlington and DC: Key, Lincoln, Memorial, and 14th Street.

Get around[edit]

Clarendon-Rosslyn Corridor

If you plan to stick to the urban areas, park your car and only travel by foot and public transport. Arlington has an excellent public transportation system, which includes 4 Metrorail lines, a public bikeshare program, as well 2 bus systems. Driving an automobile can bring more troubles than it is worth, as many of Arlington's attractions suffer from a dearth of parking spaces, and the area is notorious for expensive parking tickets.

If you want to explore the suburban areas of Arlington, the area offers many bus options, but a car is also a viable option.

For more information on public transport in the DC-area, including buying a SmarTrip card, see Washington D.C.#By public transportation.

By train[edit]

  • Washington DC Metrorail [72]. The DC metro system is clean and generally efficient. The Orange, Blue, and Yellow lines cover Arlington. Fares start at $2.00 and are based on distance and time of day. The county of Arlington has grown around its metro lines so many of the attractions you can see are in the Rosslyn-Ballston metro corridor or along the Blue/Orange/Silver Lines. Accessing Washington, D.C. attractions from Arlington hotels along the metro line can be as convenient as staying in Washington, D.C. itself. Be aware that the Metro closes at 11 PM Sunday nights, 11:30 PM Monday-Thursday nights, and 1 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. The time of the last train is posted in each station. Metro buses operate longer hours, but on a reduced schedule outside of rush hour.

By bus[edit]

  • Arlington Transit Buses (ART) [73]. The County of Arlington operates its own independent bus system. Arlington uses smaller, natural gas powered buses painted distinctive green. These buses can also carry bicycles at no additional charge. Arlington's bus service is designed to compliment the metro.
  • Metro Bus [74]. The Metro bus operates throughout the Washington DC area. An easy Metro bus for tourists and locals alike is Bus #38B, which begins at Farragut West and operates through Georgetown, Rosslyn, Courthouse, Clarendon, Virginia Square/GMU Law and Ballston. The fare is $2.00, regardless of whether using cash (exact change required) or SmarTrip.
  • DC Circulator [75] operates buses between Rosslyn Metro Station and Dupont Circle. The fare is $1 and you must have exact change or a Smartrip card.

By car[edit]

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima statue)

By taxi[edit]

Arlington taxis are available at taxi stands around the county, by phoning the taxi company directly, or occasionally by street hail. All taxis are metered; fares are $3 plus $2.16/mile and $0.36/minute. A $1 surcharge is charged for each additional adult passenger.

By transportation network company[edit]

Uber and Lyft are very popular in Arlington.

By zipcar[edit]

Zipcar operates short term car rental service throughout Arlington.

Driving your own car[edit]

For information on parking, see Parking In Arlington County [76]. If you decide to drive your own car in Arlington, first check with your hotel about parking arrangements. Some hotels offer free parking and others charge per day. Arlington provides a list of public parking garages. Most, but not all, parking garages operate 24 hours and offer discounted rates on weekends and evenings. Arlington County owns a very large pay parking facility in Ballston. On-street metered parking is possible in business districts. Parking in residential districts is restricted to residents during weekday working hours. Arlington's parking regulations are strictly enforced and improperly parked cars will be ticketed. Parking meters accept credit cards. Meter rates vary, expect higher priced meters on Wilson Blvd and Clarendon Blvd.

By foot[edit]

Arlington's wide sidewalks, well labeled intersections, and modern transportation system make Arlington an ideal location for walking. Arlington's transportation systems and sidewalks are also fully accessible to the disabled. You can easily walk over the Key Bridge into Georgetown from Rosslyn, just be aware that some cars may not yield to pedestrians, even in marked crosswalks.

By bicycle[edit]

Capital Bikeshare racks

Note that people aged 14 and under are required to wear helmets, and it's probably a good idea for adults as well.

Many major roads feature dedicated bike lanes. You can cross any of the bridges into Washington using your bike, but be aware that the Teddy Roosevelt Bridge has a very narrow path with barely any protection from the interstate right next to you.

Capital Bikeshare has many bike stations in Arlington, mostly within a few blocks of Metro stations.

The Bike Arlington [77] website shows a network of dedicated bike paths that crisscross the county as well as dedicated bike lanes on many major roads. The paths are well labeled and patrolled regularly for safety. They also offer beautiful scenery and the chance to ride your bike or walk without interruption from motorized vehicles.

See[edit][add listing]

Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery
Tulips on the Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial

Many people come to Arlington as part of a trip to Washington, D.C.. However, Arlington itself is home to several destinations including the following:

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Memorial Dr, +1 703 607-8000, [1]. 1 Apr–30 Sep 8AM-7PM daily, 1 Oct–30 March 8AM-5PM daily. Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., adjacent to the Pentagon, this national military cemetery includes John F. Kennedy's tomb and the house of General Robert E. Lee. Visitors can watch the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Oct-March every hour, Apr-Sep every half hour. If you want to explore the entire cemetery, which is enormous and hilly, in a short amount of time, take free shuttle bus. There is also a large parking garage that is a good place to dump your car and then catch the Metrorail into D.C. Free.  edit
  • Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial, Meade St & Arlington Blvd (on the northern border of Arlington Cemetery; from either the Rosslyn or Arlington Cemetery Metro stations, it's about a 15 minute walk), [2]. Compelling memorial that commemorates the amphibious landing and eventually victorious battle for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima during WWII. If you walk around the memorial counter clockwise, you'll notice the optical illusion of the marines planting the flag. On July 4th, this spot also provides an excellent view of the fireworks.  edit
  • Pentagon and Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, (Just across the Potomac River from downtown DC. Metro: Pentagon). While lingering is not recommended for security reasons, you should know it is the largest office building in the world, and covers 4 zip codes. (Army, Navy, Air Force and Department of Defense.) Group tours are available by advance arrangement but it is basically an office building and not too interesting. The Pentagon Memorial [3] is open 24 hours to visitors on the Washington Blvd side, where Flight 77 hit. Photography is allowed at the memorial, but is not permitted anywhere else on the Pentagon grounds. The interior courtyard is irreverently referred to by employees as "Ground Zero," as it was the target of several Soviet missiles during the Cold War.  edit
  • DEA Museum and Visitors Center, 700 Army-Navy Drive (near the Pentagon City metro station), [4]. Tu-F 10AM to 4PM. Learn about the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the flow of illicit drugs worldwide. Free.  edit
  • Arlington Historical Museum, 1805 South Arlington Ridge Road, [5]. Saturdays and Sundays 1PM-4PM except in February, when the Museum is closed. Interesting museum housed in a historic school building.  edit
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island, [6]. A lovely nature walk though this small national park gives one glimpses of both the area's natural woods and the Georgetown waterfront. Also includes a surprising monument to President Roosevelt himself. Technically a part of Washington, D.C., the island is only accessible by a footbridge from Arlington.  edit
  • United States Air Force Memorial, (a 15 to 20 minute walk from either the Pentagon or Pentagon City metro stops, or you can ride any of the route 16 metro buses from the Pentagon to the memorial.), [7]. A monument dedicated in Fall 2006 to the US Air Force. The monument is comprised of three soaring spires signifying the Thunderbird's bomb-burst formation. Also on the site are a few statues and information about various airborne campaigns the US Air Force has participated in. The monument is on a hilltop with an excellent view of Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon, and Washington DC. The monument is Limited parking is available in the lot across the street from the memorial.  edit
  • Observation Deck at CEB Tower, 1201 Wilson Blvd (At Rosslyn Metrorail station), +1 703 423-0600, [8]. On the 31st floor of the tower, this is the best view of Washington, D.C. and a great place to take a selfie with the Washington Monument! $24.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, [9]. A unique combination of a full restaurant inside a movie theater. Also offers live comedy shows and large-screen viewings of major sports events. Over 22 years old, the “Drafthouse” replaced the Arlington Theater or “Old Arlington” as it was affectionately known in 1985. The building itself is over 65 years old.  edit
  • Ice Skating @ MedStar Capitals Iceplex, 627 N Glebe Rd (Metrorail: Ballston), [10]. Year-round ice skating rink built for the Washington Capitals professional hockey team. Public skating is offered every day; check the web site for schedules. Children's and youth lessons are also available. Adult Admission: $9; Skate rental: $5.  edit
  • Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 South Bell Street, [11]. Great theatre, shows many Shakespeare plays.  edit

Work[edit]

The prospects for employment in Arlington have historically been excellent, even during economic downturns. The bedrock of Arlington's economy remains the Federal government, the military, and companies that directly do business with the government. The process to start a career with the government is considerably longer than the typical entry process in the private sector. Those seeking Federal government employment in Washington, D.C. or elsewhere can generally apply from their current location, anywhere in the U.S. Note that the Arlington rental housing market is generally very strong and rents are generally just as high as those in Washington, D.C.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Shops at Pentagon Row

Arlington's main Shopping Districts are Clarendon and Wilson Blvds between the Rosslyn to Ballston Metro Stations, as well as the areas near the Crystal City and Pentagon City Metro Stations. Arlington has just about every type of shop typical for an upscale urban area.

Shopping Malls[edit]

  • Ballston Quarter, (Directly connected to the Ballston Metro Station), [12]. Includes movie theatres, two indoor skating rinks, wireless hot spots, and one of Arlington's lowest cost parking facilities.  edit
  • The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, (Directly connected to the Pentagon City Metro Station), [13]. Outdoor Skating rink, indoor and outdoor shops including Macy's.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Arlington has over 1,000 restaurants at various price points. Arlington's diverse, well educated population has led to a plethora of ethnic restaurants.

The Clarendon neighborhood probably has the largest concentration of restaurants. Within a few blocks of the metro station you can find all types of restaurants -- from hole in the wall establishments to pubs to casual dining restaurants.

For a slightly less crowded area, try the Shirlington neighborhood, which has about two dozen restaurants ranging from Thai to contemporary American. Note that Shirlington is not served by a Metrorail line.

Crystal City has many fine restaurants for every budget. Some choices include Bailey's, Morton's The Steakhouse, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Mccormick and Schmicks and Tapas. Make sure to venture west of Jefferson Davis Avenue on 23rd street to get a few smaller but equally as good choices. Some shopping malls, such as The Underground, also have full-service restaurants, as well as food courts.

Budget[edit]

  • Ben's Chili Bowl, 1725 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, 703-649-5255, [14]. Daily 11AM to 11PM. The Washington DC landmark that opened in DC in 1958 and well known for its hot dogs and half smokes that has been visited by numerous presidents and celebrities now has a location open in Arlington. $5-10.  edit
  • The Italian Store, 3123 Lee Highway, Arlington, 703-528-6266, [15]. Mon-Fri 10AM to 9PM, Sat 10AM to 8PM, Sun 11AM to 6PM. Created by a native New Yorker to solve the problem of finding traditional Italian food in Northern Virginia, this business is half store/half sub and pizza joint. The big crowds validate the quality of this food. A second location is in Arlington's Westover neighborhood. $6-10 or 20.  edit
  • Pho 75, 1721 Wilson Blvd, +1 703 525-7355, [16]. 9AM-8PM daily. The "go to" Vietnamese restaurant in the area by many locals, it has great pho in a modest setting. Cash only. $5-10.  edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Delhi Club, 1135 N Highland St, +1 202 527-5666, [17]. Su-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM. Stylish, modern Indian plates with a specialty in lamb and egglplant. If you would like something different, try the Indian take on the Chesapeake crabcake! $15-27.  edit
  • Guajillo Mexican Grill, 1727 Wilson Blvd, 1-703-807-0840, [18]. Mexican food, including some great mole. The food is always fresh and wonderful. The place is difficult to spot and parking can be a problem. $12-19.  edit
  • Il Radicchio, 1801 Clarendon Blvd (Metro: Rosslyn), +1 703 276-2627, [19]. Italian food.  edit
  • Kanpai Restaurant, 1401 Wilson Blvd (Metro: Rosslyn), +1 703 527-8400, [20]. A family owned sushi restaurant.  edit
  • Mele Bistro, 1723 Wilson Blvd (Metro: Rosslyn), +1 703 522-5222, [21]. Italian food.  edit
  • Piola Pizzeria, 1550 Wilson Blvd, +1 703 528-1502, [22]. M-Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-1AM, Sa noon-1AM, Su noon-11PM. Based in Treviso, Italy, this small but international chain serves great, vaguely Neopolitan style pizzas. Later at night it morphs into an attractive lounge playing house and trance. Happy hour (M-F 4:30PM-8PM) offers free bar snacks and $4 sangria. $10-16.  edit
  • Quarterdeck, 1200 Fort Meyer Dr, +1 703 528-2722, [23]. 11:30AM-9PM daily. Freshly steamed Maryland blue crabs and other seafood. Paper on the tables, buckets full of crabs, pitchers of beer, and an elbow-deep mess of Old Bay seasoning. $6-25; crab feast: $35/person.  edit
  • Rays the Steaks, 2300 Wilson Blvd, 1-703-841-7297, [24]. One of the DC area's best steak houses, this no-frills steak house offers some of the best steaks at a reasonable price in the DC area. Parking can be a problem at times. $12-19.  edit
  • Sibarita, 2716 Washington Blvd (just south of the Clarendon neighborhood on Washington Blvd), 1-703-276-1050, [25]. Mon-Sat 10 AM- 11 PM, Sun 10 AM- 9PM. This traditional Bolivian restaurant adds even more diversity to the Arlington restaurant scene. $7-16.  edit
  • Ted's Montana Grill, 2200 Crystal Drive, 703-416-8337, [26]. 11AM-10PM. Ted's is a classic American restaurant serving authentic American cuisine in the style of a 1890s eatery. Featuring bison and beef steaks and burgers, it offers a made from scratch experience unmatched in Arlington. $10-33.  edit
  • Tupelo Honey, 1616 N Troy St (Metro: Rosslyn), +1 703 253-8140, [27]. Creative versions of Southern comfort food.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Me Jana, 2300 Wilson Blvd, +1 703 465-4440, [28]. Lunch: 11:30AM-2:30PM daily; dinner: Su-Th 4:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 4:30PM-10:30PM. Upscale Lebanese cuisine (mostly mezzes) in a trendy, casual dining room, and accompanied with a fine selection of Lebanese wines. $18-40.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Bars[edit]

In Arlington, the drinks can get pricey, but the bars are plentiful. Ballston Quarter has several pubs, while the Clarendon-to-Courthouse corridor has enough watering holes for a bar crawl. The entire area also has a high density of coffee houses.

  • Barley Mac, 1600 Wilson Blvd (Metro: Rosslyn), +1 571 800-3070, [29]. Craft cocktails and good whiskey in an industrial chic setting. Bar food.  edit
  • Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd (Metro: Clarendon), +1 703 469-2244‎, [30]. Known for its large dancefloor and (seasonal) rooftop deck.  edit
  • Continental Modern Pool Lounge, 1911 Fort Meyer Dr (Metro: Rosslyn), +1 703 465-7675, [31]. M-F 11:30AM-2AM, Sa-Su 6PM-2AM. A weird little 60s-looking, orange-colored pool hall and bar just across the Key Bridge. They also have shuffleboard, darts, and Nintendo Wii!  edit
  • Freddie's Beach Bar & Restaurant, 555 23rd Street South (Metro: Crystal City), 1-703-685-0555, [32]. A gay and lesbian bar. Look for the beach-themed purple patio with big rainbow flags out front. Weekly drag shows.  edit
  • Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd, +1 703 525-8646, [33]. 5PM-2AM daily. Northern Virginia's sole hipster refuge has a fun jukebox, a fantastic draft beer selection, and perhaps the most laid back atmosphere on the Wilson Blvd corridor. Live indie rock Su-M.  edit
  • Quinn's On The Corner, 1776 Wilson Blvd (Metro: Rosslyn), +1 703 640-3566, [34]. A sports bar focused on good whiskey.  edit
  • Whitlows On Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd, [35]. Casual neighborhood bar offering great specials during the week and a popular brunch on the weekends.  edit

Cafes[edit]

  • Oby Lee, 3000 N Washington Blvd, +1 571 257-5054, [36]. Su 9AM-9PM; Mo CLOSED; Tu-Th 8AM-10PM; Fr 8AM-11PM; Sa 9AM-11PM. Coffee, wine, and crepes.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Many people visiting Washington, D.C. choose to stay in Arlington. Arlington hotels along the metro lines are just as convenient or even more convenient than hotels in Washington proper, and often more reasonable in price. If you are staying in Arlington primarily to see Washington sights such as the Smithsonian, it would be more convenient to leave your car parked at your hotel and ride the metro to Washington.

  • Best Western Pentagon, 2480 S Glebe Road, +1 703 979-4400, [37].  edit
  • Clarion Collection Arlington Court, 1200 N Courthouse Rd, +1 703 524-4000, [38]. A high-end Clarion a couple blocks south of the Courthouse Metro, free breakfast buffet, and 24 hour fitness center. Offers a free one-mile shuttle, but it's a shame that anything interesting that isn't within easy walking distance is at least two miles away... $130-300.  edit
  • Comfort Inn Pentagon City, 2480 South Glebe Rd, +1 703 682-5500, [39]. Amenities that include complimentary breakfast, an on-site restaurant, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool, daily shuttle service to the Pentagon, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Pentagon DC Metro stop, and etc. $89-$139.  edit
  • Courtyard Arlington Crystal City/Reagan National Airport, 2899 Jefferson Davis Highway, +1 703 549-3434, [40]. Views of Ronald Reagan National Airport. Complimentary shuttle service to the Crystal City DC Metrorail station.  edit
  • Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn, 1533 Clarendon Boulevard, +1 703 528-2222, [41]. (38.893587,-77.075666) edit
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Washington National Airport, 1480 Crystal Dr, +1 703 416-1600, [42].  edit
  • Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, +1 703 413-5500, [43].  edit
  • Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway (Literally above the Crystal City Metrorail station), +1 703 271-5212, [44].  edit
  • Days Inn Arlington, 2201 Arlington Blvd, +1 703 525-0300, [45].  edit
  • Doubletree Arlington Hotel Crystal City - National Airport, 300 Army Navy Drive, +1 703 416-4100, [46].  edit
  • Econo Lodge Metro, 6800 Lee Hwy, +1 703 538-5300, [47].  edit
  • Embassy Suites Crystal City, 1300 Jefferson Davis Highway, 1 703 979-9799, [48].  edit
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Reagan National Airport, 2000 Jefferson Davis Highway (5 minutes from Reagan National Airport), +1 703 418-8181, [49]. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. Free shuttle service and breakfast.  edit
  • Highlander Motel, 3336 Wilson Blvd, +1 703 524-4300, [50]. family-owned 44 unit motel.  edit
  • Hilton Arlington, 950 North Stafford St (directly in front of the Ballston metro stop), +1 703 528-6000, [51]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM.  edit
  • Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway (Adjacent to Reagan National Airport and Crystal City Metrorail station), +1 703 418-6800, [52]. checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 12:00 PM.  edit
  • Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza, 1333 North Courthouse Rd, +1 703 528-4444, [53]. Notably just one block from the Courthouse Metro stop and the surrounding restaurants and nightlife. Business center, fitness center, and more. $120-260.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Arlington @ Ballston, 4610 N. Fairfax Dr (3 blocks from the Ballston Metro), +1 703 243-9800, [54].  edit
  • Holiday Inn National Airport / Crystal City, 2650 Jefferson Davis Hwy, +1 703 684-7200, [55].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge, 1900 N Fort Myer Dr, +1 703 807-2000, [56].  edit
  • Hyatt Centric Arlington, 1325 Wilson Blvd (Walking distance to Rosslyn Metro Station and local businesses. Less than one mile from the National Mall.), [57]. Renovated.  edit
  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, +1 703 418-1234, [58]. Renovated; complimentary airport shuttle.  edit
  • Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, +1 703 524-6400 (fax: +1 703 524-8964), [59]. Renovated meeting facilities.  edit
  • Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn/Iwo Jima, 1501 Arlington Blvd, +1 703 524-5000, [60]. For once, a hotel with an attraction in the name isn't lying to you—it really is just about a block from the Iwo Jima Memorial. That does place it a little out of the way, but it's not a long walk to the Rosslyn station. Renovated, heated indoor pool, meeting rooms. $100-190.  edit
  • Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, 2850 South Potomac Avenue (A mile from the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport), +1 703 415-1300, [61]. $89-99.  edit
  • Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City, 550 Army Navy Dr, +1 703 413-6630, [62].  edit
  • Residence Inn Arlington Rosslyn, 1651 N Oak St, +1 703 812-8400, [63]. An all-suite hotel, free hot breakfast, free evening buffets M-W, and a dessert buffet Th. $110-270.  edit
  • TownePlace Suites Falls Church, 205 Hillwood Ave, +1 703 237-6172, [64].  edit
  • Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, +1 703 717-6200, [65].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

The main terminal at National Airport

Arlington is a very safe county with considerably less crime than its neighbor, Washington, D.C. While you are unlikely to be the victim of a crime here, you should take normal precautions that you would in any urban area, such as keeping your car and hotel room locked at all times. If you have a problem, dial 911 to contact the Arlington Police [78].

Get out[edit]

  • Major regional (and national) attractions and fine dining in The National Mall and Georgetown are just across the Potomac via Arlington Memorial Bridge (or the Metro Yellow Line) and the Key Bridge respectively.
  • Alexandria — the former hometown to famous American heroes and rebels that claims some of the richest history in the DC metro area is just south of the Reagan National airport, accessible via the Blue and Yellow Metrorail lines.
  • Fredericksburg and Manassas — sites of key Civil War battles, including the first major battle of the war. Also in the area are the Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania battlefields.
  • Great Falls — home to a rather pleasant regional park.
  • Mount Vernon — George Washington's home and gardens.


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