Arlington Things to Do
Arlington National Cemetery
Nothing speaks of the spirit of human sacrifice like Arlington National Cemetery. Nothing prepares you for what you see when you get to the Nation's largest military (all branches of the armed forces) burial ground. It is located across the Potomac river from Washington, at the west end of Memorial Bridge. The honor and respect in this place is without a doubt one of the most deserved. The cemetery first became a burial ground for Civil War Union soldiers beside Arlington House formerly the estate of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington. The house still stands but is under renovation.
Self guided tours of the cemetery is Free however, we took a guided, well more like a narrated tour on the Martz, which made it easier to move around the huge grounds with a four month old baby. For $8.75 an adult, and $4 a child, we paid to be taken around the grounds, we made three stops; one at the eternal flame at the grave side of former president J.F. Kennedy, the second at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier where we saw the changing of the guards,and the third stop was at Arlington House. I highly recommend this tour as it gives you all you need to see without the stress of having to walk the distance between each. Remember that is is a huge site with over 330,000 graves, trust me if you have children, it is a challenge.
All the graves maintained by the federal governement are in straight lines as if they were saluting a guard of honor, it is said they are put so to commemorate what they did in life. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded as part of a time honored tradition began in 1920 by the United Kingdom when it first buried an unknown soldier on behalf of all World War I empire soldiers.
I was humbled by the sacrifice made by those now resting in this place. May their souls RIP. And to those who maintain this enormous site,I mean down right to the ones who cut the grass and pick up after the inconsiderate people who leave trash around even though there are provisions for rubbish.Related to:
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This rather rustic structure was a gift of friendship to the United States by the government of Netherlands. Located near the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, the large bell tower signifies the gratitude for United States Aid after and during World War II. It is the symbolic image dedicated to the friendship that exists between these two countries and their allegiance to justice and freedom.
The giant tower is comprised of 50 bells and made from cast bronze alloy, weighing more than 60,000 pounds. Each bell an emblem and a verse from Dutch poet Van Eysselsteijn. The plaza is enclosed by lava stone walls and guarded by two bronze lions. While there is a staircase that leads to the platform, it is closed and not open to the public for security reasons.
It is exciting to hear the melody of songs played by the eighteen carillon bells at 12 noon and 6:00 pm daily.
Since this particular memorial is not in Washington but rather in Virginia like the Iwo Jima Memorial, you can get there via the Arlington Cemetery or Rosslyn Metro stations, or drive yourself via U.S 1-66 and 50. I recommend planning to see the 3 attractions at the same time; Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial and the Netherlands Carillon.Related to:
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Arlington National Cemetary
Arlington Mansion and 200 acres of ground immediately surrounding it were designated officially as a military cemetery. The flags in Arlington National Cemetery are flown at half-staff from a half hour before the first funeral until a half hour after the last funeral each day, with an average of 20 a day.
The Tomb of the Unknowns is one of the more-visited sites at Arlington National Cemetery. The Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and in any weather by Tomb Guard sentinels.
The guard is changed every hour on the hour Oct. 1 to March 31 in an elaborate ritual.
From April 1 through September 30, there are more than double the opportunities to view the change because another change is added on the half hour and the cemetery closing time moves from 5 to 7 p.m.
John F. Kennedy, U.S. President, is laid to rest at the cemetary. The grave area is paved with irregular stones of Cape Cod granite, which were quarried around 1817 near the site of the president's home and selected by members of his family.
Lighted by Mrs. Kennedy during the funeral, the Eternal Flame burns from the center of a 5-foot circular flat-granite stone at the head of the grave. A constantly flashing electric spark near the tip of the nozzle relights the gas if the flame is extinguished by rain, wind or accident.
Arlington National Cemetery is open to the public at 8 a.m. 365 days a year. From April 1 to Sept. 30 the cemetery closes at 7 p.m.; the other six months it closes at 5 p.m.
Ample paid parking is available to visitors, accessible from Memorial Drive. As of February 2002, the cost is $1.25/hour for the first three hours, and $2.00/hour thereafter. During all hours the cemetery is open the Arlington National Cemetery Metro stop is regularly served by highspeed subway trains.
The cemetery is also a stop on most tour guides' itineraries, and is serviced by Tourmobile, the popular tour buses that allow patrons unlimited reboarding for a single daily rate.Related to:
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La Tasca: Tapas and Sangria
Great place to sip sangria and taste tapas.
While it might not be the most authentic, it's as good as it gets in Arlington's Clarendon neighborhood.
One of few restaurants in Arlington where cigar smoking is permitted at the bars (there are 2).
Popular since its opening, the wait can seem long if busy at over 1 hour so plan to drink Sangria while you wait.
Price per person includes at least 1 pitcher of Sangria for 2 people.
Favorite Dish: Meatballs. Tomato/Cheese.
Ri Ra Irish Pub: Free Standup Comedy Wed. nites in...
FREE Live standup comedy show
by local Arlington standup comedians
+ a $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show
Every Wednesday night
8 to 10 pm
HaHa at RiRa
RiRa Irish Pub
2915 Wilson Blvd
Dress Code: casualRelated to:
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Washington DC Metro (Subway) System
DC's metro system is the cleanest in America. Completely safe too.
It's usuallly on-time with signs alerting you to how many minutes you have to wait for the next train. If you've ever used NYC's subway, you'll understand how nice this feature is.
There are 5 lines named by color (Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow and Green).
Once you know which line you're travelingo n, the only trick to knowing which train to board is you have to know the name of the train's last stop.
For instance, if you ride the orange line, it doesn't tell you which direction it's going in. Instead, it calls itself Orange-Vienna and Orange-New Carrollton. Vienna is the last stop headed in the direction going West and New Carrollton is the last stop in the direction headed East. Before you get down to the platform to board your train, figure out which one you need to hop on.