ArlingtonUnited States of America

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Visit Arlington

See sober memorials and grand monuments, and explore the country’s vast national cemetery in this city, which was originally part of the national capital.

Set just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., Arlington straddles the boundary between the urban center and the countryside of Northern Virginia. Visit its somber memorials and monuments, which pay tribute to the victims of tragic events from America’s past.

For many Americans, Arlington is synonymous with the Pentagon, the imposing headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. Book online well in advance to secure a spot on a guided tour of the building's interior. Look for the Pentagon Memorial outside, which honors the victims of the September 11, 2011 attack on the Pentagon. The memorial features 184 illuminated benches, each of which represents a victim.

Arlington’s other headline attraction is the Arlington National Cemetery, where some 400,000 people, including veteran soldiers and famous figures, are buried. Search for President John F. Kennedy’s headstone and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where a changing of the guard ceremony takes place at least every hour, and more regularly during summer months.

Among the other famous memorials found here are the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial and the USS Maine Mast Memorial, which includes the main mast from the battleship which was blown up in 1898 while anchored in Havana Harbor. The Iwo Jima Memorial depicts the six soldiers raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Don’t leave the cemetery without seeing Arlington House, the Greek Revival-style mansion that was once home to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Walkers looking for some gentle trails in the vicinity can follow the paths of Theodore Roosevelt Island wilderness preserve, which lead past swamps, marsh and forested areas. Rent a bike and pedal your way along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. Beginning at Shirlington in Arlington, the trail extends for 45 miles (72 kilometers) into the countryside.

Use Arlington’s excellent public transportation system, which includes some D.C. area metro lines as well as an extensive bus network, to get around. From Arlington, it is just a short journey to all the monuments, museums and memorials of Washington D.C.

Where to stay in Arlington

Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America

Crystal City

4.5/5Wonderful!(15 area reviews)

Crystal City is a top choice for travellers interested in popular shops. If you want to see more of the city and surrounding neighbourhoods, jump on the metro at Crystal City Station.

Crystal City
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Rosslyn

4/5Very Good!(12 area reviews)

Abundant dining options and important monuments are just a few notable features Rosslyn is known for, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Rosslyn Station.

Rosslyn
National Air and Space Museum

Southwest

5/5Exceptional!(19 area reviews)

Known for its fascinating museums and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Southwest. Check out top attractions like Jefferson Memorial and Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and jump on the metro at Waterfront Station or L'Enfant Plaza Station to see more of the city.

Southwest
Ballston, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America

Ballston

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Travellers can't get enough of the abundant dining options in Ballston. If you want to get around town and see some sights, jump on the metro at Ballston Station.

Ballston
Court House, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America

Court House

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

If you're looking for abundant dining options, a trip to Court House might be just the ticket. Explore top sights in the area like Arlington City Hall and get around town on the metro at Courthouse Station.

Court House
Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia, United States of America

Pentagon City

If you're spending time in Pentagon City, you might enjoy attractions like Fashion Center at Pentagon City and Pentagon Row. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Pentagon City Station to see more of the city.

Pentagon City

Top hotels in Arlington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
4 out of 5
2799 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA
£82
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

This family-friendly Arlington hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Fashion Center at Pentagon City and Birchmere. Arlington National Cemetery ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,511 reviews)

"Room was clean and very modern with all the latest tech."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
2.5 out of 5
1501 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA
£51
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Rosslyn, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Iwo Jima Memorial, Ballston Quarter and Fort Myer. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is 3 mi (4.8 km) ...

3.8/5Good! (4,229 reviews)

"Fine asaaasaaaaaaaaasssssssssaaaaaaaaaaaaAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasssaaaaaaaaaaaa"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020

Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
Hotel Pentagon
Hotel Pentagon
2.5 out of 5
2480 S Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA
£61
per night
Feb 1 - Feb 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Birchmere and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Fashion Center at Pentagon City. Ballston Quarter and Fort Myer ...

3.4/5Good! (2,378 reviews)

"close to DC and cheap, reasonable rooms, decent hot breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020

Hotel Pentagon

Popular things to do in Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery
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Arlington National Cemetery

4.5/5(107 reviews)

Pay tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for their country in the best-known military cemetery in America.

Pentagon
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Pentagon

4/5(35 reviews)

Pentagon is just one of the places to see in Arlington, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Experience the area's acclaimed theatre scene and great live music.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

4.5/5(16 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Arlington with a stop at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Discover the area's acclaimed theatre scene and notable monuments.

Iwo Jima Memorial
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Iwo Jima Memorial

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Find out about the history of Arlington when you spend time at Iwo Jima Memorial. Add the area's notable monuments or shops to your travel plans.

Marine Corps War Memorial
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Marine Corps War Memorial

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington. Add the area's shops or notable monuments to your travel plans.

Pentagon Row
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Pentagon Row

During your visit to Addison Heights, you can enjoy retail therapy at Pentagon Row. Discover the area's fascinating museums and notable monuments.

Top activities in Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery Tour
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Arlington National Cemetery Tour

£11

Travel over the Potomac to Arlington, Virginia to walk among the sober gardens and clean white gravestones in the 600-acre (242-ha) Arlington National Cemetery. Explore the reverent monuments and memorials of this hallowed ground on a convenient trolley that takes you to the cemetery's major sites.

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

£38

Jump on a double-decker bus to explore Washington, D.C. at your leisure. As the authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, this is the official tour of the National Mall and an ideal way to explore the Nation’s Capital.

Full-Day D.C. Landmark Tour with Arlington National Cemetery
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Full-Day D.C. Landmark Tour with Arlington National Cemetery

£100

Stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, where thousands of simple white gravestones commemorate the dead. Visit JFK’s burial place, watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and then head to D.C. to visit the major landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and more.

Arlington Cemetery + Museum of American History Private Combo Tour
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Arlington Cemetery + Museum of American History Private Combo Tour

£81

On this Private Tour, Learn about the more famous tombs of President John F. Kennedy, soldier Audie Murphy, and military genius General William Sheridan on this intimate group tour. We’ll even explore a few less known graves, like that of famed boxer Joe Louis.

Arlington Cemetery + Museum of American History Semi-Private Tour
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Arlington Cemetery + Museum of American History Semi-Private Tour

£119

Take this 5 to 5 hour Semi-Private guided combo tour, which welcomes no more than 8 guests, that gives a comprehensive overview of essential Americana. Visit both the Arlington National Cemetery and the National Museum of American History to get the most out of your trip to DC with one of our delightfully enthusiastic guides.

Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour
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Arlington National Cemetery Guided Walking Tour

£23

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211 Changing of the Guard ceremony Duration: 10 minutes Pass By: Arlington House - The Robert E.

Reviews of Arlington

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 28, 2019

Walked around a bit found some nice friendly bars.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Smithsonian Air and Space museum under major rework limited exhibits.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Good for where I wanted to go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 1, 2019

The hotel is just off a main road but only approx 5 to 10 min walk to restaurants and bars and 10 mins to Rosslyn metro which made everything in Washington DC easy to get to.The area itself seems very safe and quiet. Hotel OK if you are on a budget!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 30, 2019

Arlington area is excellent. However, the area around this hotel has no amenities.

5/5 - Excellent

Aziz

Sep 12, 2019

Ballston area was good with lots of shops and dining option next to the apartment building and within easy access to DC. We took lyft cab to US Capitol costing around $20 for 4 of us.

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