Crystal City, Virginia

A Profile of the Northern Virginia Neighborhood

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••• Crystal City, Virginia. Photo © Arlington County Convention & Visitor Service

Crystal City, Virginia is an urban community in Northern Virginia that is located along the Potomac River with dramatic views of Washington, D.C. The downtown area is located within walking distance of a Metro station and has many upscale hotels, retail stores, restaurants, high-rise apartment buildings and commercial offices. A unique network of underground shops and walkways attracts visitors to Crystal City from around the region.

With it's close proximity to Ronald Reagan National Airport, this area is a popular place for visitors to stay with convenient access to the nation's capital. 

Location

Crystal City is located in Arlington County, just south of downtown Washington, D.C., between National Airport and US Route 1. The main corridors providing access to the area are the George Washington Parkway and US Route 1-Jefferson Davis Highway. See a map

Neighborhoods Near Crystal City

Rosslyn, Arlington, Clarendon, Ballston, Pentagon City, Fairlington and Shirlington

Public Transportation

Crystal City Metro Station 
Virginia Railway Express (VRE)
ART-Arlington Transit Service

Points of Interest Near Crystal City

  • Crystal City Shops - The premiere shopping mall is a collection of more than 200 stores, shops, restaurants and cafes that are situated together along tree lined streets. There is a food court with more than two dozen casual eateries as well as a variety of ethnic and fine dining restaurants.
  • National Airport - The major airport serves the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with primarily domestic flights. The facility is close to downtown and has a Metro station that provides direct transportation in and out of the city. 
  • Mount Vernon Trail - The paved multi-use recreation trail is nearly 18 miles long and is a favorite of area cyclists and runners. The trail offers wonderful views of the Potomac River and Washington, D.C.’s famous landmarks.
  • Birchmere Music Hall - The mid-sized concert venue offers a variety of live entertainment.
  • Fashion Centre at Pentagon City - The upscale shopping mall includes 170 stores including Macy's, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Bailey Banks & Biddle, Banana Republic, Coach, Guess, Talbots, Swarovski Crystal Gallery and Williams-Sonoma.
  • Pentagon Memorial - The memorial commemorates the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The memorial includes a park and gateway that spans approximately two acres with 184 memorial units, each dedicated to an individual victim.
  • Air Force Memorial - This uniquely designed memorial honors the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force.

Crystal City Restaurants

Crystal City has a nice variety of places to dine ranging from casual to fine-dining restaurants. See a guide to the restaurants in Crystal City

Crystal City Hotels

Crystal City Website

Crystal City Business Improvement District