Introducing the city

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About Arlington

Arlington County, located on the borders of Virginia, is a stones-throw away from Washington D.C. making it the perfect base to explore the nearby capital whilst having the opportunity to experience another part of the state.

'Virginia is for lovers' - or so the saying goes. In Arlington, locals feel the love for food, art, culture and history. This is a place that feels like a city in its own right despite it being classed as a county. Locals have worked hard to build its reputation and establish it as something more than just D.C.'s smaller neighbour.

History is central to the county with the National Cemetery and museums such as the Arlington Historical Museum providing locals and tourists with a place to explore and reflect on the important events that have shaped this area.

And Arlington is becoming more cosmopolitan too. Areas such as Clarendon are ensuring that this area of Virginia follows in the footsteps of its big brother D.C. Farmers' market, rooftop bars and grand restaurants offering worldwide cuisines are putting Arlington on the map to make sure that tourists who visit the capital don't forget to hop across the river and check out the love for this part of Virginia.

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When Should You Visit?

The best time to visit is in Spring or Autumn outside of the summer months which can be hot, sticky and overcrowded.

Arlington sees the best of its weather between June and August with temperatures reaching highs of around 32 degrees Celsius. January tends to be the coldest time of year with temperatures dropping to 5 degrees Celsius. Arlington can get particularly busy during late spring and the summer months with tourists opting to stay on the west side of the Potomac river in order to commute to Washington D.C. to see the sights in the capital. Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year, although May to August sees a little more than other months.

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Travioor top tips

Market
Pentagon
Guard ceremony

Insider Info

  • Arlington has a number of farmers' markets throughout its main districts. Pick up some fresh produce for a picnic in the park.
  • Book a tour around the Pentagon to find out more about the U.S Department of Defence. Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance through the official website.
  • Visit the National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard ceremony. The guard is changed every hour, on the hour, between March 31st and September 30th.

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Food and drink

Main Course £13.51 | $17.00

3-Course Meal £51.25 | $64.50

Cappuccino £3.33 | $4.19

Beer £3.97 | $5.00

The Scene

Arlington's food and drink scene has grown considerably in the last couple years. Independent restaurants receive a lot of support from locals with new places such as Hula Girl Bar & Grill transitioning from food truck to restaurant because of its popularity. Hawaiian food isn't the only thing on the menu in Arlington with southern-favourites like brisket being top of the menu at the likes of Texas Jack's BBQ, a traditional Lone-Star style restaurant.

Brunch is an important part of Arlington life. Take a walk to Whitlows in Clarendon for their brunch buffet. Served between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.on Saturday and Sunday, it is guaranteed to give you your fill of eggs, bacon and pancakes. They've also recently opened a rooftop tiki bar with live music and the coolest of cocktails to sip under the sun.

Arlington has thriving nightlife with trendy bars such as Guarapo offering cool cocktails with live music, salsa lessons and karaoke on various nights of the week. Head to Spider Kelly's if you want to relax in a beer garden, have a game of pool and sample a few local draft beers.

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History

Arlington’s Story

Arlington became an official county in 1920 having previously been named Alexandria County. The name was inspired by the Arlington National Cemetery, which in turn had come from Confederate General Robert E.Lee's home, Arlington House.

Prior to this, Arlington was part of a division of Alexandria which up until 1846 belonged to the District of Columbia. Following tensions surrounding the abolition of slavery, which representatives in the capital favoured, Alexandrians campaigned for the county to return to the state of Virginia, fearing that the loss of slaves would harm the local economy.

In 1852 the city split into the city of Alexandria and Alexandria County. However, by the early 20th century, Alexandria County became Arlington in order to avoid further confusion.

By 1930, Arlington had begun to establish it's identity, growing in population to 27,000. This increase continued throughout World War II with military personnel settling in the area because of its close proximity to the capital. In 1943, the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S Department of Defence, finished construction in Arlington, positioning the county as one of the most important places in the U.S. The building has been a symbol of the American military ever since and was the site of one of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Arlington was damaged both physically and emotionally by 9/11 but has since recovered. Nowadays, tourists stay in Arlington when visiting Washington D.C., spending a little time in its urban villages which offer great food and a variety of entertainment including dance, theatre and art.

Language

English

Arlington's first language is English but Spanish is also spoken by many. Look out for common Arlington/Virginia slang/phrases:

  • Yuppie: Wealthy, preppy children
  • Five-sided puzzle palace: The Pentagon
  • Beltway bandit: Companies in Washington D.C or nearby that work for the US government

Need to know

+1 817 Dialling code
911 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the best airport to fly into. Located in Arlington's Crystal City it is minutes away from the main hotels. 
  • Capital Bikeshare is a great way to get around town. Choose a bike from one of the hundreds of stations and return it to the station nearest your destination at the end of your trip.
  • Cherry Blossom season in the spring is a popular time to visit but avoid this time of year if you prefer smaller crowds.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for the USA here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is the resting place of fallen service members. Visit the Tomb of the Unknown solider, a memorial that represents unidentified soldiers.

2. Biking

Bike through the Washington and Old Dominion Park on a 45-mile bike trail which runs through northern Virginia beginning in Shirlington and ending in Purcellville.

3. Women in Military

Visit the Women in Military Service Memorial at the entrance of the National Cemetery. Never-before-seen artefacts and an education centre make this a must-see.

4. Gravelly Point

Spend the afternoon in Gravelly Point Park watching planes arrive at the Ronald Reagan Airport. Take a picnic and your camera to get some impressive snaps.

5. Outdoor Cinema

Visit Crystal City for an outdoor cinema experience. Bring your own picnic, watch Hollywood classics and enjoy an evening under the stars.


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