Top 10 Things to Do in Arlington, Virginia

Best Attractions, Entertainment Venues, Parks, and More

There are a variety of things to see and do in Arlington, Virginia. While the area is so close to the nation's capital that it is almost an extension of the city, Arlington has many of its own destinations that make it special. Here is a guide to the top attractions, things to see, entertainment venues, parks and more.

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington Sunset
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Arlington, VA 22211, USA
+1 877-907-8585

The national cemetery is one of the "must-see" attractions in the capital region with 624 acres to explore. As the final resting place to more than 400,000 American servicemen, Arlington hosts regular graveside services and memorial events. Visitors can see the graves of many notable Americans, watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visit Arlington House, the former home of Robert E. Lee and his family and the see the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.

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Walk or Bike Along the Mount Vernon Trail

Biker's riding on the Mount Vernon Trail
© Rachel Cooper
Mt Vernon Trail, Alexandria, VA, USA

The paved recreation trail is nearly 18 miles long providing wonderful views of the Potomac River and Washington DC’s famous landmarks. The trail is one of the busiest in the region and is a favorite for biking, walking and running.

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Take a Tour of the Pentagon

Aerial view of the Pentagon
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Washington, DC 22202, USA
+1 703-697-1776

Guided tours of the Pentagon are given by military personnel and are available by reservation only. Learn about the mission of the Department of Defense and the four branches of the military. Explore the unique five-sided building, its outdoor courtyard and be sure to visit the Pentagon Memorial after your tour.

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Visit the Iwo Jima Memorial

Iwo Jima Memorial also known as the Marine Corps War Memorial, Washington DC, USA at dawn
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Arlington, VA 22209, USA
+1 703-289-2500

Located in Arlington, Virginia, the Iwo Jima Memorial is a 32-foot-high sculpture that was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of one of the most historic battles of World War II. The statue depicts the scene of the flag-raising by five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman that signaled the successful takeover of the island.

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Explore Theodore Roosevelt Island

Bridge over to Theodore Roosevelt Island
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Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, DC, USA

The 91-acre wilderness preserve serves as a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt and has 2 1/2 miles of foot trails where you can observe a variety of flora and fauna. This is a great place to enjoy nature and get away from the busy pace of downtown. The island is accessible from the Mount Vernon Trail although bicycles are not permitted on the island.

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Visit the U.S. Air Force Memorial

Airforce memorial
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1 Air Force Memorial Dr, Arlington, VA 22204, USA
+1 703-979-0674

The inspiring memorial honors the millions of men and women who have served in the United States Air Force. It is situated in a prime location in Arlington, Virginia overlooking the Pentagon, the Potomac River, and Washington DC.

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See a Show at the Signature Theater

Entrance to the Signature theater complex
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4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206, USA
+1 703-820-9771

The Arlington theater produces groundbreaking musical and contemporary productions in its 48,000 square foot facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment, expansive office space, and top-notch technical facilities.

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Skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex

Capitals iceplex
Courtesy of Arlington Convention & Visitors Service
627 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203-2144, USA
+1 571-224-0555

The state-of-the-art facility, located atop the Ballston Common Mall Parking Garage in Arlington, Virginia, offers public skating, figure skating, and hockey programs year-round. Ketter Iceplex is a training center for the Capitals featuring two indoor NHL-sized ice rinks, office space, locker rooms, a full-service ProShop, a Capitals Team Store, a snack bar, and space for special events. Capitals practices are open to the public, free of charge.

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Shop and Dine at Shirlington Village

Village at Shirlington
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2700 S Quincy St, Arlington, VA 22206, USA
+1 877-265-7417

Arlington, Virginia's urban village offers a variety of shops, restaurants, theaters, and a pedestrian-friendly promenade. See a theatrical performance at the Signature Theatre or browse through the book archives at the Arlington County Library.

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Dine Out in Clarendon

clarendon arlington
Ron Cogswell / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA, USA

Clarendon is a popular neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia with a wide selection of restaurants ranging from casual eateries to fine dining. Explore a variety of cuisines and enjoy some time socializing with friends and family.

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