Arlington travel guide

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You're Going to Love Arlington

Arlington is well known for its proximity to the United States capital of Washington D.C., and has many national monuments honoring leaders from the United States along the historic Potomac River.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Arlington

1. Lincoln Memorial

This statue and reflecting pool commemorates the service of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.

2. Arlington National Cemetery

Visit the 624 national acres of military cemetery honoring fallen American soldiers.

3. The Pentagon

Take a guided tour of the five-pointed headquarters of the US Department of Defense.

4. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

This community space in the Watergate complex offers many theater, music, art, and dance performances.

5. Thomas Jefferson Memorial

This Pantheon-inspired memorial pays tribute to one of America's founding fathers Thomas Jefferson, who helped create the Declaration of Independence and served as the third US President.

Where to Eat in Arlington

Ted's Montana Grill is a classic American restaurant serving homemade steaks and burgers. A typical meal costs $20 per person including drinks.

When to visit Arlington

Arlington in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 151
1 night at 3-star hotel
Arlington in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 151
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit is in the fall between September and December, when the city's changing seasons provide moderate temperatures and many cultural celebrations.

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How to Get to Arlington


Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is locatedthree miles south of Arlington. From there, you can ride the Washington D.C. metro into the city center, or transfer by rental vehicle.


The closest train stop is at Union Station in nearby Washington D.C., a 15-minute drive away from Arlington. The journey takes five hours and costs $30.


Take the I-95 N and NJ Turnpike from New York City to reach Arlington in four hours driving time.


Greyhound, Tripper Bus, BoltBus, and Vamoose Bus all offer routes from New York City to Arlington/Washington D.C. The journey takes 4.5 hours and costs around $15.

Airlines serving Arlington

United Airlines
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American Airlines
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Air France
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British Airways
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
Excellent (1,663 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
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ITA Airways
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Air Europa
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Singapore Airlines
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Where to stay in Arlington

The Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza is located near the Court House metro stop in the heart of downtown with many restaurants and bars close by. Courtyard Arlington Rosslyn is located near the National Cemetery, Georgetown University, and the Pentagon.

Popular neighbourhoods in Arlington

Washington D.C. - the US capital, home to the White House and many historical museums, is a stone's throw away.

Georgetown - this neighborhood is mainly populated by students and is centered around the prestigious Georgetown University.

Theodore Roosevelt Island - this area is only accessible by footbridge, but offers beautiful wooded area walks and views of the Potomac River.

Where to stay in popular areas of Arlington

Most booked hotels in Arlington

Crystal Gateway Marriott
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 228+
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 206+
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 213+
The Bethesdan Hotel Tapestry Collection by Hilton
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 177+
Hampton Inn & Suites National Harbor/Alexandria Area
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 257+
The Westin Alexandria Old Town
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 211+
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How to Get Around Arlington

Public Transportation

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Arlington Transit buses can take you between neighborhoods and sites in Arlington. A single-ride fare starts at $1.75; pre-paid transportation cards are offered in most stations and kiosks.


Taxi tariffs are metered and start at $2, with a typical ride in the center costing $10 - $15.


Avis, Enterprise, and Hertz offer daily car rentals in Arlington starting at $20 a day.

The Cost of Living in Arlington

Shopping Streets

Ballston Common is one of the biggest shopping malls and features movie theaters, skating rinks, and internationally recognized brand stores. Clarendon and Wilson Blvds are the most popular shopping districts with boutique stores selling everything from toys and jewelry to housewares and clothes.

Groceries and Other

Safeway and Food Star Supermarket are the two main food stores. A dozen eggs costs $3.20.

Cheap meal
C$ 14.02
A pair of jeans
C$ 52.16
Single public transport ticket
C$ 6.52
C$ 4.89
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