Welcome to Arlington
One of the largest cities of the DC metropolitan area
Arlington is located directly across the Potomac River from the District of Columbia, on the southwestern bank. The city of Arlington is considered to be the second-largest core city of the Washington DC metropolitan area and the sixth-largest most-populous county in Virginia.
Arlington is also a center for commerce and government, being home to important sites such as the Pentagon, Reagan National Airport, and the Arlington National Cemetery. Amazon’s second headquarters, HQ2, also lies in Arlington County. Condos and apartments are some of the most common housing types in the area, with many being set within brownstones. Larger, single-family homes are also available.
What to Love
- Great accessibility
- Many opportunities for nightlife
- Lively, urban atmosphere
Arlington is a city with a great urban feel. Residents and visitors have the benefit of many amenities, including public transport and walkable distances that make the city that much more accessible. With important sites such as the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington has an incredible air of honor.
Arlington’s accessibility is due to the development of smart growth in the area. Compact urban centers replace the typical urban sprawl and make walking much more ideal.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Being a bustling city, Arlington has plenty of great places to dine and shop. Thanks to the area’s smart growth, many of these places are within close distances from one another and are easily accessible.
One popular restaurant to try out is Crystal City Sports Pub. With memorabilia covering the walls, this pub-style bar serves classic American bar fare alongside extensive wine, beer, and cocktail menus. Another great choice for dining in the area is The Pinemoor, an American restaurant serving sandwiches, steak, and seafood dishes with weekend brunch available. If you want to try something different, head out to Rus-Uz, a restaurant featuring flavors of Russia and Uzbekistan in sweet and savory dishes served in a cozy setting.
When it comes to shopping, one great option to explore is Ballston Quarter. With large retail chains and local shops, Ballston Quarter is a popular shopping mall that also has several great restaurants. Also in Arlington is Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, a classic shopping mall experience with popular stores featuring an Apple Store, Coach, Macy’s, and more. For a smaller-scale shopping experience, try stopping by Covet, a former farmhouse-turned-store that sells clothing, home decor, and gifts.
Things to Do
There is plenty to do in Arlington, whether you want to spend a day at the park or explore the history of the area.
The Mount Vernon Trail, stretching along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, is an 18-mile long trail made for biking and walking. Another great trail to explore is the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, a 45-mile trail completely paved with nine-foot wide asphalt and a parallel horse trail perfect for biking, walking, horseback riding, and more.
There are also many beautiful historical buildings and areas to visit in Arlington. Try stopping by the Pentagon to take a tour and look around the outdoor memorial, or visit the Arlington National Cemetery to pay respects to fallen military and watch the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.