Arlington National Cemetery
Open daily 8am-7pm, April-September. Open daily 9am-5pm, October-March.
A national shrine to the thousands of men and women who have died defending the United States and freedom around the world. Popular memorials include the Tomb of the Unknowns, the Challenger Space Shuttle Memorial, and the grave sites of John F. and Robert Kennedy.
Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Open daily 9:30am-6pm, April-September. Open daily 9:30am-4:30 pm, October-March
.Former home of the Confederate General and Civil War hero. Here, in 1861, General Lee wrote the letter resigning his commission from the U.S. Army to fight for his native Virginia.
Hours of operation vary, call for details
Home of the oldest military division in the United States, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Division. The division is the ceremonial unit for Arlington Cemetery and the U.S. Army. Location of the first commercial air flight. Military band concerts are played regularly at Brucker Hall. The caissons, stables and the Old Guard Museum are open to the public weekdays.
The Netherlands Carillon
This 49-bell tower is a gift from the Dutch people in gratitude for American aid given during World War II. Concerts throughout the summer. Located on Marshall Drive, next to the Iwo Jima Memorial, between Route 50 and Arlington National Cemetery.
The Newseum and Freedom Park
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The only interactive museum of news. The Newseum takes visitors behind the scenes to see and experience how and why news is made. Visitors can be reporters or television newscasters; relive the great news stories of all time through multimedia exhibits, artifacts and news memorabilia; see today's news as it happens on a block-long video news wall.
Monday-Friday, 9:30am-3:30pm. Closed federal holidays
ID required for admission
Headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense, this is the world's largest office building with 6.5 million square feet covering 583 acres. Tours every 30 minutes,
United States Marine Memorial (“Iwo Jima Memorial”)
Open 24 hours daily
The largest cast bronze statue in the world is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives since 1775.
The Women in Military Service for America Memorial
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Located at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, honors all the women who have served courageously, selflessly and with dedication in times of conflict and in times of peace.
DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) Museum and Visitor Center
The Museum highlights how this government agency is fighting the war on drugs in the air, on the land, and on the seas
Fort C.F. Smith Park
2411 24th Street
North Arlington, VA 22207
19-acre site includes a scenic view of Washington, DC, a lush tree canopy, an
open meadow and other outstanding features including:
The restored Hendry House mansion, Civil War earthworks ruins, a wildlife preserve with observation areas, nature trails, and an ornamental peace garden. There is also a creek designed to attract and host migrating birds of many species.
Old Town Alexandria
King Street and surrounding streets
Arlington’s neighbor, Alexandria, has the good fortune of being the curator of one of the treasures of America, known as Old Town, Alexandria. Old Town consists of the geographic area which was originally all of Alexandria in the colonial days. This downtown area is now known as Old Town and is the most popular tourist destination in this region of Northern Virginia.
Brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets add antique charm to Old Town, which is a thriving district of restored 17th and 18th century residences and businesses. The 300 retail establishments are mostly owner operated specialty shops; many keep extended evening hours. Stores in Old Town intermingle with brew houses and pubs that offer lively music, food, and drink well into the night. Many types of fine dining are also available.
The east boundary of Old Town is the bustling two mile Potomac waterfront highlighted by the Torpedo Factory Art Gallery. Used as a torpedo factory during World War I and World War II, it is now home to five juried galleries featuring the works of almost 200 artists.
Weather permitting, there are several boat rides from the Potomac waterfront area,
Historic sites in Old Town include Gadsby's Tavern, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, The Lyceum, Carlyle House, and Friendship Fire Company.
The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary was started in 1792 and operated as a family business until 1933. The original inventory of herbs, potions, and medical glassware has been preserved just as it was when George and Martha Washington patronized the shop.
The Carlyle House, a Georgian manor house which was home of Scottish merchant John Carlyle who founded the town, is open for tours.
The Lyceum, Alexandria's history museum, houses 3 centuries of history, including prints, ceramics, silver and furniture.
The Friendship Fire Company was organized in 1774. The following year it was given its first fire truck by one of its prominent members, George Washington. Today it displays and maintains hand drawn fire engines and other historic fire fighting apparatus from the 18th and 19th centuries.