Reflect and Reenergize in Arlington, Virginia
Visit Arlington, Virginia for a chance to reflect on our country's past and soak in the local energy of the city.
Make Arlington, Virginia a stop on your road trip for a lesson in American history, gorgeous trails, and a vast array of global cuisine. We recently sat down with Emily Cassell, Director of Arlington Convention & Visitors Service, to find out a few of her local favorites.
Where do you go for visual inspiration and creativity?
From there, you can walk into the Arlington National Cemetery on the gorgeous path, and you can see straight down the National Mall. There's a view of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol all lined up- it's just stunning.
What activity is right in your backyard but also on your bucket list?
I’ve unfortunately never walked the Potomac Heritage Trail! You can walk the trail along the Potomac River from northwest of D.C., and it's actually a little bit of a challenging hiking path. Along the way, you'll see Key Bridge, Teddy Roosevelt Island, and views of Georgetown, but it's only a few miles. It's a great close to home outdoor experience.
Where would you take a "know-it-all" local to show them a new side of Arlington?
Many people who live here haven't visited the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. The design is so beautifully thought out, and the symbolism is really special, especially for those of us who were here on 9/11 and saw the impact of the tragedy.
It’s right along the edge of the Pentagon, and there's an individual memorial for each person who perished. It’s a really quiet and moving experience. Every time, I wind up in tears.
What is it like living in such a historical city like Arlington?
The interesting part about living here is you’re not feeling that "historical" aspect all the time. It’s a very contemporary city. One reason people love living here is that in any of our neighborhoods, there's a constant stream of people coming and going from the metro, riding their bikes, or sitting on a patio having coffee. It's very lively.
Who is the coolest character to meet in your destination?
David Guas, celebrity chef and owner of Bayou Bakery, a New Orleans-style cafe and bakery in the Courthouse neighborhood. He's had appearances on Travel Channel and the Food Network, but he's also a very vibrant local and is heavily involved with the community. During the pandemic, he has helped feed school children in need and has provided support to his employees.
What is your favorite neighborhood in Arlington?
Clarendon is the neighborhood that's closest to my heart. I pop over there to go shopping or just to take a scenic walk. There are so many beautiful, historic homes in the area, along with rolling hills, trees, and gardens. There's a strong sense of community and history there. Dining out is excellent in Clarendon, too- you'll find plenty of international restaurants and sidewalk & rooftop dining options.
Diverse Dining Scene
Try Global Cuisine
Arlington has a wide variety of international restaurants, so you can enjoy meals from cultures around the world.
Get here from these nearby cities:
- Washington D.C. 5 miles
- Baltimore 45 miles
- Richmond 107 miles
- Philadelphia 152 miles
- Pittsburgh 237 miles
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Bike the Arlington Loop
The Arlington Loop is a 16-mile loop with several tree-lined trails. Ride all the way to Teddy Roosevelt Island to see some amazing scenery and spot planes landing at the National Airport.
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