Arlington, VA

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Arlington National Cemetery showing a memorial, a park and landscape views

See sober memorials and grand monuments, and explore the country’s vast national cemetery in this city, which was originally part of the national capital.

Set just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., Arlington straddles the boundary between the urban center and the countryside of Northern Virginia. Visit its somber memorials and monuments, which pay tribute to the victims of tragic events from America’s past.

For many Americans, Arlington is synonymous with the Pentagon, the imposing headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. Book online well in advance to secure a spot on a guided tour of the building's interior. Look for the Pentagon Memorial outside, which honors the victims of the September 11, 2011 attack on the Pentagon. The memorial features 184 illuminated benches, each of which represents a victim.

Arlington’s other headline attraction is the Arlington National Cemetery, where some 400,000 people, including veteran soldiers and famous figures, are buried. Search for President John F. Kennedy’s headstone and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where a changing of the guard ceremony takes place at least every hour, and more regularly during summer months.

Among the other famous memorials found here are the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial and the USS Maine Mast Memorial, which includes the main mast from the battleship which was blown up in 1898 while anchored in Havana Harbor. The Iwo Jima Memorial depicts the six soldiers raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Don’t leave the cemetery without seeing Arlington House, the Greek Revival-style mansion that was once home to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Walkers looking for some gentle trails in the vicinity can follow the paths of Theodore Roosevelt Island wilderness preserve, which lead past swamps, marsh and forested areas. Rent a bike and pedal your way along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. Beginning at Shirlington in Arlington, the trail extends for 45 miles (72 kilometers) into the countryside.

Use Arlington’s excellent public transportation system, which includes some D.C. area metro lines as well as an extensive bus network, to get around. From Arlington, it is just a short journey to all the monuments, museums and memorials of Washington D.C.

Where to stay in Arlington

Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2650 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA, 22202
The price is $113 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 25
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Arlington. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.9/5 Good! (962 reviews)
"Great stay"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City, an IHG Hotel
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Orme St, Arlington, VA, 22204
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $132 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Arlington. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,430 reviews)
"Property was great. Only issue was that the fridge didn’t work and there was not a microwave in our room."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport
Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport
3.5 out of 5
2020 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA, 22202
The price is $119 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Arlington. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (956 reviews)
"Staff was super friendly. I would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport
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NEW Pentagon City 1 Bedroom Entire Unit
NEW Pentagon City 1 Bedroom Entire Unit
Arlington, VA
The price is $115 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Arlington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Arlington National Cemetery ...
NEW Pentagon City 1 Bedroom Entire Unit
Modern 1BR | Desk & WiFi | Arlington Virginia | by GLS
Modern 1BR | Desk & WiFi | Arlington Virginia | by GLS
Arlington, VA
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Arlington. Enjoy WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Arlington National Cemetery and Lincoln ...
Modern 1BR | Desk & WiFi | Arlington Virginia | by GLS
Arlington Fully Furnished Apartments
Arlington Fully Furnished Apartments
4 out of 5
20th Street and Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA, 22202
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Arlington. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour health club. Our guests praise the bathrooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (39 reviews)
"Within walking distance of many restaurants and shops."

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

Arlington Fully Furnished Apartments
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