What to Do around The Westin Arlington Gateway
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Arlington lies within the original 100 miles set aside to become Washington, D.C., ceded back to Virginia in 1846. Today, it is best known as the home of the Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon. Pedestrian-, bike-, and subway-friendly, the region has growing food and arts scenes.
Arlington, VA 22204, USA
Memorial Amphitheater is absolutely breathtaking. On the other side of that stage is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but wandering around we saw this amazing scene—very neoclassical, and a nice treat while walking through the cemetery.
Arlington, VA 22209, USA
Want a great view of DC? Cross the Potomac into Arlington and head over to the Dutch Carillion, located 100 meters from the Marine Corps Memorial. The Carillion sits on a hill with a lovely view of the DC Skyline. Also, it's a little piece of...
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,...
701 E Basin Dr SW, Washington, DC 20242, USA
Having grown up in the DC-area, cherry blossom season translates to one of the most chaotic times of the year around the National Mall. Swells of tourists and fanfare bombard the Tidal Basin in early spring. There are however narrow windows of...
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...
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...
Washington, DC 22202, USA
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...
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206, USA
Featured by The New York Times and The Washington Post, Signature Theatre puts on contemporary musicals and plays, readapts old pieces, and produces new work. The Tony Award–winning nonprofit has won praise for its musical theater, particularly...
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...
1057 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
If you visit Georgetown, make time to stroll along the historic C&O Canal with a cup of coffee. Normally there is water in the canal and the boats float along. The cafe on the corner, Baked and Wired, is full of delicious treats, with cupcakes...
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...
3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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...
3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
The Arlington Arts Center supports regional artists and provides a space to display their work. Founded in 1974, the nonprofit operates in a historic converted schoolhouse with nine galleries, artist studios, and classrooms. Focusing on...
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...
Arlington, VA 22211, USA
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,...
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...
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...
3700 O St NW, Washington, DC 20057, USA
No visit to Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown neighborhood is complete without stopping by the oldest and largest Catholic and Jesuit university in the U.S. Founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll, Georgetown University is a major international...
Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20560, USA
One of my favorite spots in D.C. is the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. The block-long green space is filled with oversized modern art pieces from the gallery’s permanent collection. You'll see work by artists such as Claes...
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...
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566, USA
Overlooking the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center stands as a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy and an iconic landmark for arts in America. Its marble facade, sky-high ceilings, and crystal chandeliers exude grandeur, not to mention the...
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