Arlington Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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Arlington Highlights

  • Pro
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     Arlington is a stone's throw from Washington, DC 

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     DC traffic in rush hours 

  • In a nutshell
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     Discover Washington, DC and Northern Virginia!!! 

Arlington Things to Do

  • The Tomb of the Unknowns

    Usually called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, this great monument to all of the men and women, often unknown to all but God alone, who have fallen in defense of our country is actually officially known as The Tomb of the Unknowns. The official name was selected because it was not known for certain that the remains were those of fallen soldiers....

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  • Flags In Ceremony

    Starting yesterday the soldiers of the US 3rd Infantry place a small American flag in front of the gravestones at Arlington Cemetery. The flags are placed in the center, one foot in front of the headstone. Traditionally the soldiers remain in the cemetery through the weekend, assuring that the flags will be in front of each grave during the...

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  • L'enfant Monument

    Pierre Charles L'enfant (1754-1825) was famous for designing Washington DC. He was an architect and civil engineer. He came to America to serve in the Revolutionary War and served as an engineer in the Continental Army, rising to the rank of major.L'Enfant submitted plans for Washington with great promenades, wide open spaces that were open to...

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Arlington Hotels

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Arlington Restaurants

  • One of the best Thai restro's I've been...

    The location is perfect for this restaurant, gives it a walk-in/casual but niche look, and with the Christmas festive spirit in the air, nothing could've gone wrong here.I have been really fortunate to have in-laws who are as experimental and adventurous with food as I am. So on their visit to town, I get introduced to another awesome Thai...

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  • Very good breakfast

    Bistro Ondines is the restaurant located in the Hilton here at Crystal City were we were staying at. Because of our status with Hilton (currently Diamond) we were given 2 breakfast vouchers to enjoy breakfast at this restuarant during our stay (the Executive Lounge was not open during our stay).We arrived quite early sometime around 7:00 am to...

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  • Best Hamburgers in Arlington

    This is a local restaurant. Nothing fancy. A few pool tables, dart board, eating section, bar, etc.The ambience is definitely working class folks. If you're wearing a tie or slacks, well you're going to stick out like a sore thumb. Their hamburgers are to die for. Everything is fresh, the burgers are all 1/2lb., and on Monday's they're 1/2 price.

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Arlington Nightlife

  • Decent place for drinks and catching a...

    After a day of exploring we wanted to unwind and find a place that we could catch the baseball game along with a few drinks. We walked around Crystal City and decided to stop in at Bailey's. The place is quite nice with two sections, the smoking and non-smoking. The bar is large with plenty of screen tv's where you can catch your favorite team...

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  • Rooftop fun

    This is a bar right across the street from the Clarendon metro station. When it's good weather out, the rooftop bar is the place to be. It attracts the local yuppies and is a pretty lively place on weekend nights. 5:00PM-2:00AM on weekends (to midnight other days). Everyone here will be wearing at least business casual (No hats or tank tops is...

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  • Kathy sleeps, Big Brother watches

    KATHY SLEEPSOn the way back from our second VT-meeting, this time in Washington, DC, Kathy was so tired after all those drinks and good laugh with Urszula that she desperately needed some sleep. She chose the best possible and the most safe place in the middle of the night - a bench put just by the Big Brother that is huge building of...

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Arlington Transportation

  • Walk to DC

    If you get out of Arlington and you still have energy,, you can just walk across the Memorial Bridge and you will be in DC by the Lincoln Memorial. From Arlington visitors center, just make a right and go straight ahead, across the bridge. Shouldn't take you more than a few minutes and you have saved yourself a few dollars on the Metro.

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  • Getting to Arlington Cemetery

    The easiest way to get to Arlington is to get on the Metro- Blue Line to the end. Station is Arlington Cemetery. If you are coming from Maryland or some parts of DC you may have to change trains at Metro Center.Some say you can walk across the Memorial Bridge from DC. The Cemetery will be right up the hill. Ive never done this, so I can't say.If...

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  • Parking at Arlington

    Parking at Arlington National Cemetery is limited. Unless you are attending a burial you will have to park in the Visitor Center Parking lot. Charges are $1.75/hr for the first three (3) hours and $2.50/hr for each hour thereafter. There is no parking at Arlington Metro stop and generally it is recommended that you just take the metro in on your...

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Arlington Shopping

  • Doing a little shopping :)

    We always enjoy doing a little shopping whenever we travel and the Fashion Center here at Arlington is a great place to do that in. The shopping center is quite large with the usual chain stores, specialty shops, department stores, electronic and of course a food court. Operating house are Mon to Sat: 10:00am - 9:30pm, Sun: 11:00am - 6:00pm.We...

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  • a bike shop

    A new bike shop that I visited. It is two floors and there's just about anything you could want there related to bikes. Bicycles of course

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  • Modern Mall. Direct Metro Access

    When in Washington I seem to frequent this mall. Actually came here on my way to my first ever VT meeting.They have several floors of stores and usually will get a new pair of shoes or a tie or three when I'm around.

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Arlington Local Customs

  • The Sentinel's Creed

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours a day every day of the year regardless of how hot or cold or rainy or stormy it might beMy dedication to this sacred dutyIs total and wholehearted-In the responsibility bestowed on meNever will I falter-And with dignity and perseveranceMy standard will remain perfection.Through the years of...

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  • Visitation stone

    I was not familiar with this. I kept seeing a small stone or pebble (some smaller than others) on the top of a gravestone at Arlington. Seeing it enough times, I figured it couldn't possibly be an accident or coincidence.As it turns out, it is an old Jewish tradition. It is part of the act of remembrance. It comes from the tradition of placing...

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  • Wreath Laying at Christmas

    During the year it is possible to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.On Christmas there is only one wreath laying ceremony. A Wreath is presented by the Tomb Guards.

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Arlington Warnings and Dangers

  • Follow the rules! or else!

    Everywhere around the Cemetery you will see posted signs reminding you that this is a cemetery and you are expected to conduct yourself respectfully. When you are witnessing the Changing of the Guard, the commander addresses the crowd asking for silence and due respect during the ceremony. You are also reminded not to put any part of your body in...

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  • Pentagon

    Headquarters of the Department of Defense, the Pentagon is one of the world's largest office buildings. It is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. The National Capitol could fit into any one of the five wedge-shaped sections. There are very few people...

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  • Don't drink the water!

    No, you won't get e-Coli or anything like that if you do drink it, but if you are tempted by all that water and the ice bucket, don't mess with it. See, hotels like the Sheraton lay stuff like that out for you and some don't have a sign up warning of the price and they charge treble what you pay for similar bottled water at the nearest Wal-Mart....

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Arlington Tourist Traps

  • Northern Virginia traffic jams

    We caught local traffic jams a few times driving from Dulles International Airport to Arlington in afternoon rush hours which added at least half an hour to our drive time. That's why I drove much earlier to the airport not to miss my plane back to Europe.RUSH OURSOn weekdays 7.00 am - 9.00 am and 4 pm - 7 pm. Those afternoon's hours worked worse...

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  • Not for kids!

    I visited the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in the Arlington Cemetery. There are a few drastic pictures of wounded victims of wars displayed there. Just one example in my picture: Army nurces cut held bandages from newly-arrived patient in 2nd Surgical Hospital, in Vietnam (1969). Well, it's understable but... I didn't find any...

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  • Book in advance!

    I wanted to visit the Arlington House or the Custis-Lee Mansion located at the top of the hill (views!) at the Arlington National Cemetery. Why? Because it was home of Robert E. Lee and his family for over thirty years and it currently houses Robert E. Lee Museum. I started to be very interested in complicated history of the Civil War in Richmond,...

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Arlington What to Pack

  • Be prepared as they weather changes...

    Hats, scarves, gloves,lip balm, water, food, and what ever else you deem neccessary. Tank tops, cool cotton T's, walking shoes, sandals, umbrella for rain and shade. Bring what ever medical supplies you think you may need, as the drugstores and grocery stores are WAY off the beaten path. Make sure that you have film, charged up batteries as...

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  • Packing for A Weekend Away

    Most of our trips to the area are weekend road trips so a small rollaboard or overnight bad will suffice We pack according the season and weather forecasts. Winter can be frigid so plenty of warm clothing and layers are a must. In the summer months when temperatures and humidity soar; we pack light, breathable clothing. Comfortable walking shoes...

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  • For night photography

    Take as many films as you can or as large memory card as you can - Arlington and Washington, DC offer a lot for photography lovers :-). For pictures at night and/or bad light (weather) and first of all for night pictures from the top of Sheraton National Hotel (on my picture) take a tripod. Enlarge my picture and find out the Pentagon (easy) and...

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Arlington Off The Beaten Path

  • Admiral Richard Byrd

    When you come out of the subway at Arlington you head up Memorial Drive, you will pass some monuments before you get into the Cemetery proper. Admiral Richard Byrd (1888-1957) was a member of a prominent Virginia planter family. Members of his family had been active in colonial politics and one had even served as governor. Byrd graduated the US...

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  • 101st Airborne Division Memorial

    The 101st Airborne Division, also known as the Screaming Eagles, has a memorial on Memorial Drive, just outside the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery. Technically, memorials on this street are overseen by the Department of the Interior. The Screaming Eagles, based in Ft Campbell, Kentucky are one of the most decorated units. They served on...

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  • Map of Arlington Cemetery

    this is a printable Map of Arlington Cemetery.http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/docs/ANC_Map.pdfThere is now a smartphone app that will help you find graves and give you the highlights of the cemetery. New releases are expected to include more detailed practical informationhttp://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Map/ANCExplorer.aspx

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Arlington Sports & Outdoors

  • Jogging in Arlington

    Head down to the Potomac River waterfront and enjoy the Mount Vernon Trail.The Mount Vernon Trail runs along the south and west bank of the Potomac from Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon, a distance of some 18 miles. The trail is paved and almost perfectly flat for its entire length. In Old Town Alexandria the trail is at its worst as it runs along...

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  • Sweatin' to the oldies

    Midnight is sure enough an odd time to want to sweat to the oldies. 99 times on 100, I wouldn't be caught dead in a place like this. I don't care if Goodyear calls and asks me to join their fleet! (Think about it, I'd get to see the ball game free.) I was only there as the rest of the lot posed on the machines. If you look carefully, you'll see the...

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  • Come on in, the water's fine

    If you are a guest at Sheraton National hotel, your room card gains you access to the pool on the top (16th) floor. It's heated so you can enjoy it 365 days of the year. Warning/Danger: No diving in or running around the pool. It's right shallow and you're liable to crack your coconut. Kathy, Chris, Matt, and I used this as a vantage point from...

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Arlington Favorites

  • Photographing the Changing of the Guard

    The Changing of the Guard is an impressive ceremony. You can photograph the sentinel on his post with no real difficulty before and after the ceremony. Bear in mind that there will be LOTS of people, so you will want to arrive at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at least 5 minutes before the ceremony. There are two parts of the ceremony that you...

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  • Views from Arlington

    Lets just say you have walked through the cemetery, seeing the graves of the Kennedys and some of the other well known people. Then you went to see the Tomb of the Unknowns and it was beyond your wildest expectations, and you took a ton of pictures. But the tourist in you just won't quit.If you still have energy, go up to Arlington House, take out...

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  • Get A Map And Prepare

    Before going to Arlington National Cemetery, get a map with the placement of the various heros you'd like to visit. The Kennedys, John F., Robert F., and Jacqueline Onassis are probably the most celebrated, but there are many more American and brave souls from other countries who have served this country well and you might want to visit their sites...

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