Just across the river from Washington, D.C., this urban county is known for its giant military cemetery and memorials.

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.

Top hotels in Arlington

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
4 out of 5
2799 Richmond Hwy, Arlington, VA
NZ$126
per night
13 Dec. - 14 Dec.

This family-friendly Arlington hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Fashion Center at Pentagon City and Birchmere. Pentagon and Arlington ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,490 reviews)

"Liked the atmosphere, quietness and amenities that were offered"…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov. 2019

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Orme St, Arlington, VA
NZ$126
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Arlington National Cemetery, Pentagon and Fashion Center at Pentagon City. Iwo Jima Memorial ...

4/5Very Good! (5,293 reviews)

"The room was spacious, everything simple but quite adequate - in a beige kind of way."…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov. 2019

Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
2.5 out of 5
1501 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA
NZ$105
per night
24 Nov. - 25 Nov.

Located in Rosslyn, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Arlington National Cemetery, Georgetown University and Korean War Veterans Memorial. Kennedy Center ...

3.8/5Good! (4,135 reviews)

"There is no breakfast. Close to DC AND the airport"…"

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2019

Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima

Popular activities in Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery
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Arlington National Cemetery

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Less a sight to be seen, more a journey to take, through the loss, valour and service of the US armed forces over a century-and-a-half of conflicts.

United States Marine Corps War Memorial
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United States Marine Corps War Memorial

Don’t miss this poignant site, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, honoring all members of the Marine Corps who died defending the United States.

Top activities in Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery Tour
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Arlington National Cemetery Tour

NZ$23

Travel over the Potomac to Arlington, Virginia to walk among the sober gardens and clean white gravestones in the 600-acre (242-ha) Arlington National Cemetery. Explore the reverent monuments and memorials of this hallowed ground on a convenient trolley that takes you to the cemetery's major sites.

Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
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Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

NZ$78

Jump on a double-decker bus to explore Washington, D.C. at your leisure. As the authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service, this is the official tour of the National Mall and an ideal way to explore the Nation’s Capital.

Full-Day D.C. Landmark Tour with Arlington National Cemetery
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Full-Day D.C. Landmark Tour with Arlington National Cemetery

NZ$205

Stroll the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, where thousands of simple white gravestones commemorate the dead. Visit JFK’s burial place, watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and then head to D.C. to visit the major landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and more.

Arlington Cemetery + Museum of American History Semi-Private Tour
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Arlington Cemetery + Museum of American History Semi-Private Tour

NZ$244

Take this 5 to 5 hour Semi-Private guided combo tour, which welcomes no more than 8 guests, that gives a comprehensive overview of essential Americana. Visit both the Arlington National Cemetery and the National Museum of American History to get the most out of your trip to DC with one of our delightfully enthusiastic guides.

Arlington Cemetery + Museum of American History Private Combo Tour
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Arlington Cemetery + Museum of American History Private Combo Tour

NZ$165

On this Private Tour, Learn about the more famous tombs of President John F. Kennedy, soldier Audie Murphy, and military genius General William Sheridan on this intimate group tour. We’ll even explore a few less known graves, like that of famed boxer Joe Louis.

100+ Miles Luxury Black SUV / Sedan Ride (DC)
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100+ Miles Luxury Black SUV / Sedan Ride (DC)

NZ$22

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Reviews of Arlington

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6 Oct. 2019

Nice ppl around and close to Washington DC

5/5 - Excellent

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11 Apr. 2019

Best train service ~ cheap and convenient

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

13 Mar. 2019

Whole foods market is a great place to eat & stock up on food,

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Monuments, Memorials, & Museums to Visit This Veterans Day
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Monuments, Memorials, & Museums to Visit This Veterans Day

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Top Museums in Washington D.C.

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