Arlington Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing
(Arlington, Virginia - VA, USA)
With its close proximity to America's capital, Arlington has a number of tourist attractions and sights to entertain and enlighten visitors. One of the main tourist attractions in the Arlington area is the famous Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting place for many of America's great heroes including John F. Kennedy Junior and Ulysses South Grant. Located on the grounds of the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington House was the home of famous Confederate General Robert East Lee and the one-time headquarters of the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Other notable tourist attractions in Arlington include the Iwo Jima Marine Memorial, one of the most recognizable of America's monuments and another favorite city sight. In addition to its memorials and historic sites, Arlington offers an excellent variety of dining and shopping destinations such as the Fashion Center at Pentagon City.
Arlington National Cemetery
Address: West end of Memorial Bridge, Arlington, Virginia VA, 22211, USA
Tel: +1 877-907-8585
Undoubtedly Arlington's most famous tourist attraction, the Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of America's greatest war heroes. The peaceful rolling hills are the site of rows upon rows of pristine white gravestones, which pay tribute to those who gave their lives for their country. Among the many memorials scattered throughout Arlington Cemetery are the WWI Memorial, the War Correspondents Memorial and the Eternal Flame at the grave of John F. Kennedy. The changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a solemn tribute to all those who have fallen in battle.
Open hours: April to September, daily - 08:00 to 19:00; October to March, daily - 08:00 to 17:00
Arlington House / Curtis-Lee Mansion
Tel: +1 703 557 0613
Bequeathed to Mary Curtis, grand daughter of George Washington and wife of Robert East Lee, Arlington House was the home of General Lee for many years. His historic decision to join the Confederate Army was made here and his resignation letter to the US Army was written in an upstairs bedroom. Located in what is now Arlington Cemetery, the house commands stunning views across the Potomac as far as Washington D.C.
Open hours: daily - 09:30 to 16:30
Iwo Jima Marine Memorial
Address: Arlington Boulevard and Meade Street, Arlington, Virginia VA, 22201, USA
Tel: +1 703 285 2601
The Arlington Iwo Jima Marine Memorial is one of the most recognizable memorials in America. Based on film shot during WWII, the statue depicts five marines and one navy corpsman hoisting the American flag up over Mount Suribachi. The memorial commemorates all US Marines who have died in battle.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Mount Vernon Estate
Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, Virginia VA, 22121, USA
Tel: +1 703 780 2000
The home of George Washington, Mount Vernon is located just a short distance from the center of Arlington. It is accessible by motorway, metro, bus or boat. 45 acres / 18 hectares of the 500-acre / 200-hectare estate are open to the public and attractions include not only the home of George Washington, but also a working 18th-century grist mill, a hands-on example of a period farm and the tombs of George and Martha Washington.
Open hours: daily, April to August - 08:00 to 17:00; March, September and October - 09:00 to 17:00; November to February - 09:00 to 16:00
The Fashion Center at Pentagon City
Address: 1100 South Hayes Street, Arlington, Virginia VA, 22202, USA
Tel: +1 703 415 2400
The premier shopping destination in Arlington, the Fashion Center at Pentagon City is a shining, brand new facility. Three stories house more than 170 shops including J. Crew, Sony Style and XXI. A skylight illuminates the food court, which offers a variety of fast food, while there are also a number of full service restaurants on-hand.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 21:30, Sunday - 11:00 to 18:00
Arlington Historical Museum
Address: 1805 South Arlington Ridge Road, Arlington, Virginia VA, USA
Tel: +1 703 892 4204
Housed in a two-story brick building that was once the Hume School, the Arlington Historical Museum houses a number of artifacts and exhibits that link Arlington's rich past with its present and future.
Open hours: Saturday and Sunday - 13:00 to 16:00 (except February)