Last Updated July 26, 2018 7/26/2018

Top 6 Things to Do in Arlington, Virginia

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Located just across the river from Washington D.C., beautiful Arlington has the best of both worlds – the conveniences and excitement of a big city, mixed with the charm and walkability of a small town. From national and historic treasures to exciting nightlife, eclectic shops and delicious restaurants, there is so much to do in Arlington, you’ll want to take a trip here all on its own.


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Visit Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery

Visit Arlington National Cemetery

Probably the most famous attraction in the city of Arlington is the Arlington National Cemetery. As one of the two Army National Military Cemeteries, it serves as an honorable final resting place for over 400,000 men and women who have served our country throughout the years. Since you generally cannot get around the grounds in your own vehicle, check out Arlington National Cemetery Tours, Inc. for a tour that includes stops at President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite, the Marine Corps War Memorial, Coast Guard Memorial, the Arlington House and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Pay Your Respects at the Pentagon Memorial

In 2008, the Pentagon Memorial was officially dedicated as a place to honor and remember those who lost their lives there on September 11, 2001. The memorial, which is located close to the sight of the attack, features several unique design features that represent the lives that were lost that day. With elegant simplicity, each of the 184 “memorial units” is made up of a cantilevered bench and a lighted pool of flowing water that reflects onto the bench at night. There is also an “age wall” that expands in height as you move around the memorial, representing the span in ages of the Pentagon victims.

Shop The Centre at Pentagon City

On a lighter note, the Centre at Pentagon City is anything but your average shopping mall. First of all, its sleek design on the outside resembles more of a modern office building or hotel. But inside, you’ll also find a whopping three levels with more than 150 different stores all under one roof. There’s also a large food court on the top floor that’s open and spacious, with plenty of light that pours in from the skylights above.

Catch a Show at The Synetic Theater
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The Synetic Theater produces unique shows that combine movement and music with technology and visual arts.

Catch a Show at The Synetic Theater

The Synetic Theater in Arlington, VA is a unique theater experience, telling stories through a combination of movement, music, visual arts and cutting-edge technology. The theater’s very first production was a wordless production of Hamlet, and they’ve been wowing audiences ever since with their innovative shows.

Take a Walking Tour

One of the best things about Arlington is your ability to get around it easily without a car. Which means you can easily get some exercise while you’re out taking in the city. In fact, WalkArlington created a more than 25 different self-guided walking tours of the city that will help you check out the different neighborhoods and feature detailed notes on where to eat, shop and even stop for the best photo ops! They’ve also posted helpful signs around the city that let you know how far you are from certain attractions, as well as how many calories you’ll burn by walking there!

Watch the Planes Come In at Gravelly Point Park

Although Gravelly Point Park is a rather unassuming green space that is perfect for relaxing and having a picnic, the real excitement comes from its proximity to Reagan National Airport. Just spread out your blanket on the ground and get ready for an adrenaline rush as you watch the planes fly just a few hundred feet over your head as they take off and land. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.


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