Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery

The county's best-known attraction is the somber final resting place for more than 400,000 military personnel and their dependents, with veterans of every US war from the Revolution to Iraq. The cemetery is spread o…
Top Choice Historic Building in Alexandria

Carlyle House

If you have time for just one historic house tour in Alexandria, make it this one. It dates from 1753 when merchant and city founder, John Carlyle, built the most lavish mansion in town (which in those days was litt…
Top Choice Notable Building in Arlington

Pentagon

South of Arlington Cemetery is the Pentagon, the largest office building in the world. Outside you may visit the Pentagon Memorial; 184 illuminated benches honor each person killed in the September 11, 2001, terrori…
Park in Arlington

Theodore Roosevelt Island

This 91-acre wooded island in the Potomac is a wilderness preserve honoring the conservation-minded 26th US president. A large memorial plaza and statue of Teddy dominate the island’s center, and 2.5 miles of trails…
Fortress in Alexandria

Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site

Washington, D.C.’s best-preserved Civil War fort is surprisingly hidden away in a residential Alexandria neighborhood. But there it is, a vivid foray into the life and times of occupied Alexandria and what it took t…
Gardens in Alexandria

River Farm

Wander landscaped grounds along the Potomac and get a sense of what the region looked like in George Washington’s day. The first President once owned these lands (Mount Vernon is 5 miles south) as part of his farmin…
Museum in Alexandria

The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum

For a quick primer on Alexandria’s history, stop by this small city museum. Fascinating artifacts, vintage photos, maps and original artwork tell the stories of Native Americans, colonists fighting for independence,…
Cemetery in Alexandria

Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery

During the Civil War, the Union-controlled southern city of Alexandria, Virginia, became a safe haven for formerly enslaved African Americans. Though they had been freed from bondage, their lives were difficult, wit…
National Park in Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah National Park

One of the most spectacular national parks in the country, Shenandoah is like a new smile from nature: in spring and summer the wildflowers explode, in fall the leaves burn bright red and orange, and in winter a col…
Historic Site in Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

The restored capital of England’s largest colony in the New World is a must-see attraction for visitors of all ages. This is not some phony, fenced-in theme park: Colonial Williamsburg is a living, breathing, workin…