Things to do in Arlington

Top Things to Do in Arlington

Things to Do in Arlington

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  • marjaclea
    31 contributions
    Touching and moving. Employees are strict about proper etiquette, ie no sitting on the ground or walls. Respectfully quiet. RGB burial site in section 5, with Thurgood Marshall, right behind JFK in section 45. We saw the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Such dignity and honor. A must when in DC.
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • katjefrn
    Erie, PA17 contributions
    We saw the changing of the guard, they were very professional. I’ve been there previously when they have spoken directly to someone in the audience for being disrespectful, I bet they would arrest people of it came to that. If you’re on the stairs facing the guards, stand far to the right. You get a better view of the weapon inspection.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • Jason S
    Reedsburg, WI663 contributions
    Such an amazing memorial. It is well worth the trip to go see it. It does a great job paying tribute.

    Overall, this is such an iconic image that it become a must-see in person.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Jason S
    Reedsburg, WI663 contributions
    To get to this, we had to walk through a long tunnel and across a huge parking lot. When you finally arrive you forget about that though as the design is amazing. It really does a great job honoring the people who lost their lives in the attack on the Pentagon.

    Overall it is a long walk, but you do get to a stunning memorial when you get there.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Jason S
    Reedsburg, WI663 contributions
    I have been fortunate to chat with my grandparents about the day Kennedy was shot. The impact this had on their lives. Though this happened well before my time, the perspective they had helped me appreciate this time. The eternal flame was a reminder that his presence in our country is still here.

    Overall, this is a must stop location in The Arlington Cemetery.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Bob
    Herndon, VA3 contributions
    The main attraction is the takeoffs and landings of planes of all sizes at Reagan International Airport. This park is situated on the Potomac river with an overview of DC, Washington Monument. Great place to sit, relax, have a picnic and enjoy the flights.
    Written 13 September 2021
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  • MGQ
    Buffalo, NY414 contributions
    If you are fortunate enough to be able to lodge at Fort Myer for leisure, take advantage of that privilege.It is the most beautiful base we have ever encountered in our travels. The lodging in Historic Building #50 is superb. Walking around the base is serene and breathtaking. Be sure to walk down the hill towards Wright Gate for a spectacular view of DC. There is a chapel for worship, a commissary, a small PX and a very large (3 floors) base exchange. A beautiful place to visit and you can enter Arlington Cemetery directly from the base.
    Written 4 November 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    How many people know the Mount Vernon Trail really exists? It is a 17-mile-long path that stretches along the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Northern Virginia between Rosslyn and George Washington's home at Mount Vernon. As part of U.S. Bike Route 1, the Potomac Heritage Trail and the East Coast Greenway, it opened in 1972 as a gravel path and was subsequently expanded and paved. Today, it is a popular trail for walkers, runners and cyclists that affords panoramic views of the Potomac River and the skyline and historic monuments of Washington DC, access via several bridges across the river to the National Mall and connections to other area hiker/biker routes. We became aware of the trail via a tour guide at Mount Vernon. It connects the easternmost portions of Arlington County, the city of Alexandria and Fairfax County and parallels the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the western bank of the Potomac River. Most of the northern half of the trail is open with sweeping views of the river and Washington DC while the southern eight miles below Alexandria is largely wooded with limited river views until you reach Mount Vernon. It also takes visitors along the west side of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Gravelly Point, where there are views of arriving and departing airplanes. Among other trails that connect with the Mount Vernon Trail are the East Coast Greenway, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath and the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail.
    Written 23 November 2021
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    Arlington has a stunning observation deck and fantastic views. Washington looks spectacular when lit up at night.
    Written 26 May 2020
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  • Jason S
    Reedsburg, WI663 contributions
    What an amazing sight. You can see this from most anywhere in D.C. The pillars are 400 ft high. This location also offers some great views back to the city. It has some information scattered around the area as well. Just a nice memorial that stands out in design.

    Overall, I had seen this while in the area and I was glad I finally stopped to see what it was.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Locemup
    Washington, D.C.291 contributions
    Gun and Powder was amazing! Solea Pfeiffer was a revelation and I felt Marva Hicks' voice in my core. The small menu at the cafe is fine enough but that pecan pie was a waste of calories.
    Written 19 February 2020
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  • fiamma11
    Vienna, VA3,820 contributions
    This is a truly lovely and upbeat area. Shops, restaurants, movies, library. And did I say really good restaurants. All nice and walkable.
    Written 15 March 2022
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  • tawny1956
    Millsboro, DE513 contributions
    Absolutely a must see if you are at the National Cemetery! It is full of history, beautiful architecture and absolutely wonderful views of the National Mall!
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • 1chunkyguy
    Rochester, KY170 contributions
    Nice clean mall with plenty of shops. Very convenient with a Metro stop inside, don’t have to get out in the weather at all. Good selection of food also.
    Written 31 March 2022
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  • Robert D
    Damascus, MD173 contributions
    [Mon., June 06, '22] Today is the 78th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, and this Year is the 25th Anniv. of this Memorial...and on such a beautifully sunny warm day, I went to visit my Mother's grave next door at the Arlington National Cemetery in Ft. Myers, VA/DC.
    The Military Womens' Memorial is located at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, and is a BEAUTIFUL 2-story white marble structure (that has FREE Admission). Call ahead for limited parking at Arlington National (unless you're taking the close-by Metro...easy peasy...). Although I'm not sure if the entrance is wheel-chair accessible, the Memorial displays are, as are the Restrooms & Gift Shoppe.
    TAKE THE ELEVATOR UP TO THE 2ND FLOOR OUTDOOR TERRACE (weather permitting) -- 'WoW!'...what a BEAUTIFUL view of DC & some Monuments on one side, and the Lee House & Cemetery on the other side...Incredible...take & send pics!
    The marble corridor lined displays pay Tribute to Women in the Service from the 1700's through the present, with genuine artifacts. Each case is a mini history lesson (so Teachers...bring your classes...)
    Make an enjoyable and worthwhile 1/2 Day outing out of your trip here; visit this Women's Military Service Memorial, AND Arlington National Cemetery. Go to BOTH of their Gift Shoppes and get Post Cards to send Family & Friends...so much more meaningful than just a text.
    Do you know a Woman who served in the U.S. Military? If so, please have Her Service recorded at this Memorial...what a Great way to Honour a Great Woman (I think that may be FREE?!?!?)
    Check out their Websites for Hours of Operation, Directions, and other info you need to plan a fun & successful, safe trip. You can buy water there, but bring your own bottle (and Sun protection) and fill up at the water fountains near the accessible bathrooms. The Cemetery and surrounding Memorial grounds has a guided tram tour available, FREE to military members in uniform ('Than You' for your Service).
    Expect Summer Tourist Season to be a bit more crowded, so make and take adequate time. It was nice to see young tour groups at the Womens' Memorial today. I think you can also rent areas for special gatherings (Scouts, Sports, Graduations, Weddings???). GO! DO! BE! SEE! Experience a beautiful memory to the Women who served (and still do) our Country -- and get them in the Registry. Enjoy! :-)
    [While you're out there -- stop by for a beautiful stroll on nearby 'Roosevelt Island' on southbound G. W. Parkway, or drop by the short-term lot at Reagan National Airport, go in and get lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl...if you have never had it, you are missing out on a Local Legend!]
    Written 6 June 2022
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