Things to Do, Places to See, Restaurants to Dine
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Arlington Memorial Bridge
Due to its location spanning the Potomac River, Arlington Memorial Bridge symbolically reconnects the north and south. The Neoclassical masonry and steel bridge, built in 1932, connects the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery, the former estate of Robert E. Lee. Designed by McKim, Meade and White, the bridge is adorned with statues by sculptor Leo Friedlander depicting valor and sacrifice.
Arlington National Cemetery
Established during the Civil War on land once owned by Robert E. Lee, Arlington National Cemetery is home to the Tomb of the Unknowns and the eternal flame marking President John F. Kennedy’s grave as well as the final resting places of numerous other famous Americans.
Crystal City Water Park
The Crystal City Water Park is an outdoor urban park with shade, water fountains, picnic areas, and weekly community events.
Francis Scott Key Bridge
The Francis Scott Key Bridge, known as the Key Bridge to locals, spans over the Potomac River, connecting DC and Virginia. This beautiful arch bridge is a well-known landmark in the community and has hundreds of locals crossing daily. The bridge was coined as a National Historic Landmark in 1996. Both sides of the bridge allow pedestrians to also cross from areas in Georgetown and Rosslyn, with amazing views.
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Situated outside the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, the George Washington Memorial Parkway and the Hemicycle are erroneously assumed to be part of the famous burial ground. The parkway and Hemicycle are the setting for famous monuments and memorials, such as the Marine Corps War Memorial, commonly known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Netherlands Carillon and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, which incorporates the Hemicycle near the entrance to the cemetery.
Mount Vernon Trail
The 17-mile Mount Vernon Trail – paved hiking and bicycling path – travels between Mount Vernon and Rosslyn paralleling the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Stops along the route include Roosevelt Island and Gravelly Point, a popular spot for observing planes taking off and landing at Reagan National Airport. The open-air trail also provides scenic views of the Potomac and the capital skyline.
Old Town Trolley Tours
See Arlington and surrounding areas with DC’s longest running city tour on Old Town Trolley Tours. Hop on and off to enjoy some of the most revered sites in America.
The world’s largest office building, the Pentagon is the headquarters for the Department of Defense. During a one-hour public guided tour of select sites in the interior, such as the Hall of Heroes, visitors will hear a narrative about the operation of the Defense Department and little-known facts about the building.
The Pentagon Memorial was created to remember and honor those family members and friends who are no longer with us because of the events of September 11th, 2001 at the Pentagon.
Theodore Roosevelt Island Park
In the 1930s, landscape architects transformed Mason’s Island from neglected, overgrown farmland into Theodore Roosevelt Island, a memorial to America’s 26th president. They conceived a “real forest” designed to mimic the natural forest that once covered the island. Today miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands honor the legacy of a great outdoorsman and conservationist.
15th & Eads
Located in the Crystal Gateway Marriott, featuring a full bar and American food in a casual relaxed atmosphere. Watch the game on an array of TVs or relax and connect with friends after an eventful day in Crystal City, VA. Dished offered include locally sourced fare such as grass fed burgers plus craft cocktails.
The 3,600-square foot restaurant serves dishes from the Balkan Peninsula with a modern twist.
Casual spot offering subs, pizza & breakfast bites.
Roomy New American brasserie decked out in art deco-esque decor with a bar & upstairs dining area.
Upscale, urban smokehouse featuring a variety of smoked meats and seafood. Bold flavors with a quality selection of wines, beers, scratch cocktails and an impressive selection of bourbon, whiskey, and scotch.
Delicious Ethiopian & Eritrean cuisine in a casual setting with a patio.
Good Stuff Eatery
Farmhouse Burgers are topped with farm-fresh ruby-red tomatoes, thinly sliced onion, crisp lettuce and pickles, served on a sweet, buttery soft, freshly baked Pennsylvania dutch bun with a loving spoonful of Good Stuff Sauce or "Shun The Bun" – have it lettuce wrapped.
The Freshman VA
A coffee-to-cocktails concept, The Freshman VA is known for its all-day cafe featuring everything from white sangria and a citrusy sweet espresso-spiked drink to Manhattans and beautifully made lattes. A coffee shop that turns cocktail bar whenever you might need, The Freshman is a welcoming environment where you can get work done on the go and stay for a cocktail. Their all-day menu consists of fancy toasts, small plates, soups, salads and sandwiches made from high quality, local ingredients.
Stylish and bright, this open beer hall has over 40 beers on draft, games and tasty bites.
La Bettola Italiano
Fun, casual environment offering up Italian staples with red checkered tablecloths and outdoor seating.
Matchbox – Pentagon City
High-energy New American chain with wood-fired pizzas & bistro fare served in industrial-chic digs.
McNamara’s Pub & Restaurant
For an authentic Irish experience, visit McNamara’s Pub & Restaurant in Crystal City. The hearty menu features traditional dishes including fish & chips, shepherd’s pie, and beef stew. Classic bar fare like burgers and wings are also on the menu.
Neramitra Thai Cuisine
Find all the Thai basics here, from basil chicken to specials like Siamese beef and crab fried rice.
Potomac Social Tavern
Offering shareable dishes inspired by local flavors, the menu blends contemporary American favorites with classics of the region. Behind the bar, authentic and warm hospitality await, the team ready to pour one of the many craft beers or bourbons you’ll find on hand.
As a Mexican company founded on the soft sands of the Yucatan, Tacombi is focused on sharing authentic taco culture. Their taqueros proudly work every day to preserve and share Mexico’s culinary traditions — and do it sustainably with wholesome, simple ingredients free of antibiotics, hormones, genetic modification or artificial additives & preservatives.
Modern Thai cuisine. Grab and go with their counter-service or stay and eat on the patio. Yelpers love the Grilled Shrimp Papaya Salad, the Thom Kha Gai Soup and veggie spring rolls.
We, the Pizza
This homegrown chain from Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn offers gourmet pizzas whole or by the slice.