Situated directly across from D.C., Arlington is a major city with a different vibe and aesthetic than the District. The Potomac River acts as the boundary between D.C. and Arlington, providing scenic waterfronts for both cities; here’s how to spend a day across the river.
Guided tours of the Pentagon can be reserved in advance. Explore the history within the walls of the eclectic five-sided building, with official military personnel guiding you the whole way through it. Make a stop at the Pentagon Memorial, a place that commemorates the lives lost in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.
This grand skating rink is host to the Capitals’ practices but also opens its doors to the public. With two NHL-sized locker rooms, a Capitals gift store and hockey classes, this is the prime destination for anyone trying to spend some time on the ice. You can also watch the Caps practice from the bleachers — for free!
The Trolley Pub scoots you around Clarendon from bar to bar. Powered by pedaling, the Trolley Pub is a unique addition to your night on the town. But remember — you need to pedal to get home (there is a contracted driver to direct the trolley though, so get as drunk as you want without losing motor skills). The bigger your group, the more people to pedal!
Three steel spires reach 270 feet in the air to commemorate the Thunderbirds squadron, known for its impressive aerial maneuvers. The pillars mimic the aerial patterns, which are usually performed by four planes; the missing pillar represents the missing man formation, performed at Air Force funerals. Located at a high elevation, enjoy sweeping views of Arlington National Cemetery and the Potomac River.
By Kate McMahon