The three arcing spires of the United States Air Force Memorial
In the shadow of the Air Force Memorial spires
Impressive interior of The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
Sweeping view of Washington D.C. from the Air Force Memorial
Paying respects at the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame memorial
The Marine Corps War Memorial’s iconic image
Benches with reflecting pools at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
Neighborhood gathering spot Northside Social Coffee & Wine
Taking a tour of Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial
Outdoor shopping at The Village at Shirlington
Accessible American history and charming neighborhoods to explore
Though it’s just minutes from the National Mall and the White House, Arlington has its own historic sites. Yes, you can tour The Pentagon – and should – if you reserve in advance. On the Arlington National Cemetery Tour, you’ll stop by all of the most notable graves and learn about the cemetery’s rich history. Visit Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, on the same grounds, and tour where Lee lived as well as the enslaved quarters and museum. At the Marine Corps War Memorial, you can see the iconic Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph brought to life by sculptor Felix W. de Weldon. On Theodore Roosevelt Island, walk the trails or canoe and kayak after you take in the monument to the nation’s 26th president.
Enjoy the great outdoors by picnicking, boating or just watching the planes take off from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport at Gravelly Point Park, on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Cycle through area history on an Arlington History Bike Tour, which takes you on a 37-kilometer historical circuit. Tap into Arlington’s creative scene and catch a performance at Signature Theatre, a Tony Award®-winning professional company.
Arlington calls its eight distinct neighborhoods “urban villages,” and for good reason, as you’ll find turn-of-the-century buildings alongside modern high-rises. Pop in neighborhood pubs next to high-end boutiques. Head to Crystal City’s Synetic Theater, Columbia Pike for global cuisine and Clarendon for indie shopping. Plan to spend a day at The Fashion Centre in Pentagon City for luxury brands or head to the Arlington Farmer’s Market, one of the area’s oldest, near the courthouse.