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Arlington, Virginia: National History and Local Flavour!

Originally part of the 10 miles square (about 26 square kilometres) surveyed in 1791 to be the United States’ Capital, Arlington offers views of Washington, D.C. and the Potomac River that are simply beyond compare. And with more than 40 hotels offering rates averaging 20 percent lower than those in downtown D.C., it’s an easy choice for holidaymakers seeking the perfect combination of convenience and value.

With treasures like Arlington National Cemetery; Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial; the Marine Corps War Memorial; the Air Force Memorial; and the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Arlington’s a wonderful place to discover America’s past. And with five bridges connecting to the District of Columbia, Arlington’s close to the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and other major attractions, plus major-league football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer.

There are countless other ways to enjoy yourself in Arlington, once you’ve seen the sights. Whether it’s an all-American feast or a sampling of our incredible array of international cuisines, al fresco dining is a favourite pastime much of the year. You’ll also find abundant shopping at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City – featuring more than 170 stores and restaurants – as well as at Market Common Clarendon, Crystal City Shops and local boutiques.

Getting to and around Arlington is a breeze! Home to Reagan National Airport (DCA), and a short drive from both Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), Arlington’s just minutes from Amtrak’s Union Station and close to major interstate highways. Best of all for those who like car-free fun, Arlington’s walkable urban villages, 11 Metrorail stops, Capital Bikeshare stations and miles of dedicated trails mean you can use a car as much or as little as you like!


What will you discover while out and about in Arlington? Combining the best of big-city facilities with the warmth of lively neighbourhoods, Arlington’s urban villages offer fun by day and by night, including events, live-music venues, cocktail and hookah lounges, wine bars, coffee houses, sports bars, dancing, comedy and much more.


Looking to spoil yourself a little? From international culinary experiences, to sumptuous spa treatments, to adventures in shopping on a big or boutique scale, you're sure to leave Arlington feeling better than when you arrived! Whether you prefer luxury, laid-back or funky, you'll find your fit here.


Do you enjoy the creative arts? Called a hotbed of cultural abandon by The Washington Post, Arlington has nationally acclaimed companies including Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre, Synetic Theater, WSC Avant Bard and Bowen McCauley Dance, plus award-winning public art, visual arts and more.


Feel like exploring the past? American treasures such as Arlington National Cemetery, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), and the Air Force Memorial are here in Arlington, and we're just minutes from the National Mall, monuments and Smithsonian Museums.

Start planning your monumental vacation in Arlington today!

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Official Arlington Travel Information

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