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Arlington was part of the original 100 square miles set aside in 1791 to become Washington, D.C., only to be ceded back to Virginia in 1846. Today, this 26 square mile Washington, D.C. suburb is best known as home to Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon and its 9/11 Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial. Pedestrian, bike, and subway-friendly, it is also known for its urban villages, school system, restaurants, and a growing performing and visual arts scene.
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Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, the world's tallest standing bronze statue honors the Marines who have defended the United States since November 10, 1775 with every major battle campaign inscribed at its base. The 32-foot-high...
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Arlington, VA 22211, USA
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The Arlington National Cemetery is a 625-acre cemetery where fallen veterans have been laid to rest since the American Civil War. The cemetery lies at the end of Memorial Bridge, across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington,...
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1 Wilson Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA
Inside Arlington Cemetery and standing on a hill overlooking D.C., the tomb was dedicated in 1921. It originally contained the remains of four unknown soldiers, each one representing the thousands of unknown soldiers from World War I, World War...
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321 Sherman Dr, Fort Myer, VA 22211, USA
Prior to becoming a national cemetery, this was a 1,100-acre plantation centered around Arlington House. Built from 1802–1818, it was originally owned by George Washington Parke Custis who designed it as a memorial to his step-grandfather,...
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1 Air Force Memorial Dr, Arlington, VA 22204, USA
Overlooking the Pentagon, Arlington Cemetery, the Potomac River, and Washington D.C., this memorial was dedicated in 2006 to the men and women who have served in the Air Force and its predecessor organizations. The three 270-foot stainless steel...
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Arlington, VA 22204, USA
As a Licensed Guide for Washington, I have been asked the question, "What is the oldest monument in D.C.?" There's not one, but forty of them, all identical. Dubbed the Boundary Stones, these sandstone markers were laid out by surveyors Andrew...
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Fort Myer, Arlington, VA 22211, USA
Every Wednesday evening from May through August, head to Fort Myer to see the U.S. Army's Twilight Tattoo pageant. Participating soldiers hail from the 3rd Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard) and the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own." The Army's...
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1 N Rotary Rd, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Tragedy struck the United States on September 11, 2001 after terrorists attacked not only New York City, but also the Pentagon Building outside D.C. This simple yet elegant memorial, built along the side of the Pentagon that was hit, was dedicated...
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Washington, DC 22202, USA
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The Pentagon Tour is the kind of immersive American experience you should not skip. It attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year for good reason. On the hour-long, 1.5-mile walking tour, you'll peek into the world's largest low-rise office...
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627 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203, USA
The Kettler Capitals Iceplex is located on the 8th floor of the Ballston Common Mall parking garage and is home to D.C.'s National Hockey League (NHL) team, the Washington Capitals. Complete with two NHL-sized indoor ice rinks, a full-service pro...
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1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Housed inside the former Newseum (now in D.C.), Artisphere was designed as a space where people and art collide. With four performance venues, three visual art galleries, a 4,000-square-foot ballroom, and a two-story video wall, this arts center...
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3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Arlington's largest live music venue attracts an energetic crowd. Its Art Deco-era style, large dance floor, lush lounge areas, and 60-foot bar would be enough for a memorable night out on their own, but the real draw of the Clarendon is the...
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3125 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Arlington has become a recent addition to this eco-friendly trend already popular in cities like Austin, Raleigh, and Savannah. The pedal-powered Trolley Pub transports between six to 14 revelers on a bar crawl, hitting three or four Clarendon...
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1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Arlington natives Scot Harlan and Will Sullivan present their American take on a French bistro in this comfortable Clarendon neighborhood farm-to-table restaurant. Enjoy the culinary minded décor that includes a communal wood table for large...
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501 N Randolph St, Arlington, VA 22203, USA
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Since 1988, this family-owned Ballston neighborhood restaurant has offered great old-fashioned Northern Italian Cuisine that includes very nice pizzas and fresh pastas. However, come Saturdays and Sundays, you'll most likely see an overwhelmingly...
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932 N Kenmore St, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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To Peruvians, Pollo a la Brasa (rotisserie chicken) is considered a special feast. But for D.C.-area residents, it's considered a highly-coveted fast food and cheap eat. Since 1988, the Solano family has served what diners (including chef and TV...
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1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Pastry chef David Guas brings the flavors of his native New Orleans to Arlington's Court House neighborhood with this casual order-at-the-counter cafe, coffeehouse, and bakery. The locally sourced menu features Southern, Cajun, and Creole treats....
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3195 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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This split-level Clarendon tavern and upstairs dining room puts a creative spin on modern American cuisine with its rustic seasonal menu and well-priced wine and beer lists. Breads, pasta, sausages, and desserts are made in-house, and many...
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2300 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Located in the Court House neighborhood, this temple to beef offers some of the juiciest steaks in the area at very reasonable prices. Owner and restauranteur Michael Landrum describes it as "no-frills deliciousness" where the emphasis is placed...
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3100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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This French brasserie located in Clarendon gives off a comfortable atmosphere with cozy tables, a bustling café and bar, and handsome black-and-white photos adorning its walls. French and German cuisine from the Alsace-Lorraine region dominate the...
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5876 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205, USA
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Founded in 1985 by Ross Underwood and Pam McAlwee, this Westover neighborhood fixture serves up an incredible selection, including unique, gourmet pizzas and specialty sandwiches. Customer favorites are highlighted in yellow on the menu, such as...
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3211 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Whether you're looking for a quick cup of coffee to jump start your day or a place to surf on your laptop or to socialize with friends or your date, Northside Social is always offering something fresh. This charming Clarendon neighborhood cafe and...
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3181 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Located just outside DC in Arlington, VA, this former one-room hole-in-the-wall is a hotspot along the Wilson Boulevard corridor. Now a cavernous space with a dining area, a 94-foot long bar, couch-filled lounge areas, and 31 flat-screen TVs,...
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2051 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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One of the most popular bars in Arlington, this traditional and friendly wood-paneled pub serves mean pints of Guinness and half-priced appetizers during Happy Hour (from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday). A haven for soccer fans...
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4000 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203, USA
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Occupying the site of a former car dealership, this 1950s-era, auto-themed bar/billiard hall contains eight pool tables, two skee ball machines, four shuffleboards, seven dartboards, and two outdoor patios. With friends and buddies, huddle around...
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1025 N Fillmore St, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Whether you're staring at your laptop or iPad, chatting with a couple or friends, on a date, or by yourself, the wine flows freely at this Clarendon bistro owned by Wendy Buckley. Over 40 wines are offered by the glass along with themed flights,...
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2711 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Since 1990, Galaxy Hut has been a favorite Arlington destination for great beer and live music. Adorned with quirky art, cozy booths, and old-school arcade games, owners Lary and Erica Hoffman have created a unique hangout. Know for their...
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2854 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Whitlow's may have changed owners a few times, but the grill has remained a true staple in Arlington's Clarendon neighborhood since 1946. Over the past decade, Whitlow's has received nods for "Best Happy Hour" and "Best Neighborhood Bar," largely...
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Court House, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Established in 1980, the Arlington Farmers' Market features over 30 vendors from Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania farms, offering home-grown fruits, vegetables, cheeses, free-range meats, breads, pastries, sauces, condiments, dairy, soups,...
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5863 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205, USA
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Owned by the Hicks family, this neighborhood market has provided groceries to locals for over 50 years. Aside from fresh produce and popular local products like Moorenko's Ice Cream, its butcher shop and beer are the biggest draws. Farm raised,...
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2772 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA 22206, USA
Established in 2000, Dogma is a one-stop canine shop that carries unique items for man's best friend. You'll find a wide selection of chew toys, leashes, beds, and collars, but the real draw is the bakery. Treats and cookies like "Snicker Poodles"...
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3010 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Taking a cue from the food truck craze, designers and owners have taken their fashion savvy to the street in an effort to expand their brands. But unlike food trucks, customers can step inside these traveling boutiques to browse and shop. I...
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2601 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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Owner Carmen Lopez has made Current one of the area's prominent fashion boutiques with stocks of designer clothing, accessories, and shoes. Her emphasis on quality, style, cut, and color makes these vintage and pre-owned finds ready to wear....
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566 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Since 2007, fashion maven Katherine Glorioso Dress has brought edgy, West Coast flavor to the D.C. area through this Crystal City neighborhood boutique. Locals love the wide selection of dresses, skirts, tops, jeans, jumpers, and accessories,...
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2160 Crystal Plaza Arc, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
Since 1970, owner and Virginia native Joel Cohen and his family have been offering trendy business, casual, and evening clothing to women of various ages and sizes as well as jewelry, handbags, purses, belts, and other accessories. Popular brands...