Arlington

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

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.

Arlington offers convenient access to the nation's capital while radiating its own unique cultural identity. This northwest Virginia county is noted for its historical significance, diverse attractions and central location.

Arlington is composed of nine urban villages, each with small-town appeal. Enjoy local cuisine in Clarendon, a neighborhood famous for its eateries, or exciting nightlife in Crystal City, Arlington’s downtown area. Columbia Pike features the county’s largest concentration of ethnic restaurants. Pentagon City is ideal for a shopping spree and Rosslyn offers unparalleled views of the Washington, D.C. monuments.

Plan a visit to Arlington Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 400,000 servicemen and women. As you walk through the picturesque 624 acres (252.5 hectares), look for the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to the nameless men and women who died fighting for the United States.

View the US Marine Corps War Memorial at the northern end of the cemetery. Erected to honor Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the U.S since 1775, it is one of the area’s most popular attractions. At the southern tip of Arlington Cemetery, see the Air Force Memorial, a towering structure honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. Air Force.

Take a guided tour of the Pentagon for a unique glimpse into the headquarters of the Department of Defense. Make your reservations at least two weeks in advance.

Known for its bike-friendly transportation system, Arlington and the surrounding area offer 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) of off-road trails. Take the family on the city’s self-guided biking tour to learn more about the region’s history.

Washington, D.C. is easily reachable by car, bike or metro. Dulles International Airport is 22 miles (35.4 kilometers) from Arlington with convenient access via the metro.

With rich historical significance and a diverse cultural atmosphere, Arlington is well worth a visit if you are planning a trip to the nation’s capital.

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
Located in Crystal City, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Fashion Center at Pentagon City, Arlington National Cemetery, and Birchmere. Pentagon is 2.1 mi ...
3.9/5 Good! (958 reviews)
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Reviewed on Nov. 29, 2021

Holiday Inn National Airport/Crystal City, an IHG Hotel
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
4 out of 5
2799 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA
This family-friendly Arlington hotel is located near the airport, 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Arlington National Cemetery, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Washington Monument ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,391 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable . Not to far to subway . Very friendly staff"

Reviewed on Dec. 1, 2021

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Orme St, Arlington, VA
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arlington National Cemetery, Fashion Center at Pentagon City, and Pentagon. Fort Myer and Tomb ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,531 reviews)
"The rooms were a lot booger than I expected. Quite roomy & I liked that. Breakfast could start earlier then 7am if possible."

Reviewed on Dec. 3, 2021

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Arlington Rosslyn Key Bridge
Homewood Suites by Hilton Arlington Rosslyn Key Bridge
3 out of 5
1900 North Quinn Street, Arlington, VA
Located in Rosslyn, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Georgetown Waterfront Park, Georgetown University, and Arlington National Cemetery. National Mall ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (447 reviews)
"We stayed for only one night to be close to Arlington Cemetery. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by the friendly staff who were more then helpful with everything we needed to do for our quick visit. We took a free shuttle ride to the cemetery as well as later on in the day to the metro. ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 8, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Arlington Rosslyn Key Bridge
Oakwood Arlington
Oakwood Arlington
3.5 out of 5
1550 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA
Located in Rosslyn, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Arlington National Cemetery, Georgetown University, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Georgetown ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (241 reviews)
"The apartment was very clean. It had good furniture and comfortable bedding. Kitchen was also well equipped. Good property, nicely kept in an excellent location."

Reviewed on Nov. 18, 2021

Oakwood Arlington
Monroe Room #3
Monroe Room #3
Arlington, VA
Located in Nauck, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Birchmere, Arlington National Cemetery, and Fashion Center at Pentagon City. Pentagon is 3.1 mi ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Awesome
"This was such a wonderful place to stay!! So close to everything! The hosts were amazing, answered my questions and concerns right away. Highly recommend staying here!!"

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

Monroe Room #3
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Arlington

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

very close to Washington DC and easy to get across to visit but best to leave the car parked and take transit because no parking in DC.

5/5 - Excellent

Tee

Dec 27, 2019

Love the area, very quiet and peaceful. If you want a good nightlife you can just head over to DC 5 minutes away

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

Oct 29, 2019

DC Trails tour buses cancelled even though I had a paid ticket plus had to spend $50 in taxis to get to pickup spot then get back to the hotel,. Saw no sights

5/5 - Excellent

Hein

Oct 28, 2019

Will be back for sure

4/5 - Good

Maggie

Aug 31, 2019

The location is great. 10 minute to all the DC attractions.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 27, 2019

Safe and a few metro stops from DC.

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