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ArlingtonUnited States of America

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

Top hotels in Arlington

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
4 out of 5
2799 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA
The price is £63 per night from 19 Feb to 20 Feb

This family-friendly Arlington hotel is located near the airport, 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Arlington National Cemetery, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Washington Monument ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,415 reviews)

"The hotel is Stunning and well kept even during pandemic. I was a little upset when i arrived to know there was an unexpected deposit and parking was $40 bucks a night in thr same parking lot that charge $25 for 24 hours. The young lady only took my id and card and handed me room keys and a menu. ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2021

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Hyatt Centric Arlington
Hyatt Centric Arlington
4 out of 5
1325 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
The price is £88 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb

Located in Rosslyn, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. Georgetown University and National Mall are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)

"Close to subway. Good location. Very confortable rooms."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

Hyatt Centric Arlington
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
3.5 out of 5
300 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA
The price is £70 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb

Located in Crystal City, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Pentagon, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Arlington National Cemetery and Lincoln Memorial. Washington Monument ...

4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)

"Nice and clean. Friendly staff. Just wish they had microwaves in the room. Cant get ice after 7:30. Understandable with COVID-19."…"

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC - Crystal City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Arlington

Oakwood Crystal City
Oakwood Crystal City
3.5 out of 5
400 15th Street South, Arlington, VA

Located in Crystal City, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pentagon Row and Fashion Center at Pentagon City. Arlington National Cemetery and Pentagon ...

4.4/5Excellent! (616 reviews)

"Everything was good, just needs to update the furniture, the dining table was old and so were the chairs, the TVs were small. The bathroom was nice and I liked that you can enter to the bathroom from the kitchen and from the bedroom. The balcony was beautiful view but it was dirty and burnt marks ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2020

Oakwood Crystal City
Global Luxury Suites Crystal City
Global Luxury Suites Crystal City
4 out of 5
400 Army Navy Dr, Arlington, VA

Located in Crystal City, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pentagon Row, Fashion Center at Pentagon City and Pentagon. Arlington National Cemetery ...

3.9/5Good! (87 reviews)

"First impression was it was beautiful. We later found a couple of problems. They fixed it though, no questions asked. So I would recommend."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

Global Luxury Suites Crystal City
✨4 BDRM/2 BTH Home –Walk to Metro/5 min to DC✨
✨4 BDRM/2 BTH Home –Walk to Metro/5 min to DC✨
4617 13th St N, Arlington, VA

Located in Waycroft - Woodlawn, this holiday home is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Marymount University and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Eden Center. Vietnam Veterans Memorial ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Arlington Visit

"The location was just what we were looking for. The house was clean and well outfitted. My larger group was cut in less than half due to a schedule change, but now that we saw the house, we know that it will work next year when we return."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2020

✨4 BDRM/2 BTH Home –Walk to Metro/5 min to DC✨
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Arlington

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Dec 2019

Walked around a bit found some nice friendly bars.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Nov 2019

Smithsonian Air and Space museum under major rework limited exhibits.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Nov 2019

Good for where I wanted to go.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Nov 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 traveller

30 Oct 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Aziz

12 Sep 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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