Arlington, Virginia

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Less than five miles from Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia, has the best of city life and the suburbs. Its neighborhoods include Rosslyn, Pentagon City, Shirlington, and Lyon Village. Arlington is best known for Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon, but also has lots of open space within 26 square miles, residential living, business, culture, and dining.

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National History. Local Flavor.


Arlington is proud to have some of the our nation’s most impressive monuments and memorials. Arlington’s neighborhoods are also home to countless special spots and experiences: intriguing , off-the-beaten-path, and perhaps unexpected. Set out by foot, Metro or bike for car free fun in Arlington and the nation’s capital.

In addition to our many historical attractions, Arlington offers first-class shopping, diverse dining and an eclectic local arts and entertainment scene. Here, you can discover American treasures including Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), the Air Force Memorial, and the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. And when you’re done, you can experience Arlington’s charming restaurants and cafes, funky boutiques, nationally renowned theater and intimate live music venues. Plus, we’re just minutes by Metro or car to the National Mall and other regional attractions.

When you live in Arlington’s walkable, Metro-centered neighborhoods, you get the best of everything!

Arlington County, originally part of Fairfax County in the Colony of Virginia, got its name from Henry BennetEarl of Arlington, a Plantation along the Potomac River, and Arlington House, the family residence on that property. George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of First Lady Martha Washington, acquired the land in 1802, and the estate was eventually passed down to Mary Anna Custis Lee, wife of General Robert E. Lee. The property later became Arlington National Cemetery during the American Civil War, and eventually lent its name to present-day Arlington County.

Arlington is a city whose many neighborhoods are referred to as ‘urban villages.’ Dog owners love Arlington because of the pet-friendly parks: Shirlington Dog ParkFort Ethan Allen Dog ParkJames Hunter Dog ParkUtah Dog Park and Towers Dog Park.

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Which Neighborhood Will You Call Home?


Arlington-East Falls

East Falls is one of Arlington’s best neighborhoods, with great education options, high walkability, and all the amenities an urban village requires: grocery stores, coffee shops, and restaurants, shopping hubs, entertainment facilities and parks for fitness and recreation.

Madison Manor

Close to the city’s western edge, Madison Manor has a lot of post-World War architecture, from brick colonials and cape cods to 1970’s town houses. The Madison Manor Civic Association organizes many community events year round.

Ballston-Virginia Square

Ballston provides a lively urban living experience for millennial, combining metropolitan high-rises and dense commercial buildings with single-family homes and luxury condos. There are about 70 restaurants within a five block radius.

Arlington Ridge

This southern neighborhood is a favorite for families looking for a close-knit community, very safe with great schools, parks, and shopping.


Located on the border of Fairfax County, Williamsburg is great for families and those who aren’t moving to the county for its hot spots and entertainment options. Williamsburg is a place to raise your kids, and be part of a community.

Girl on swing in a neighborhood park

Places to Explore in Arlington

  • With 624 acres and sites like The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and President John F. Kennedy’s grave, Arlington National Cemetery is a beautiful yet somber great place to explore. Visit  the Women in Military Service for America Memorial and the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

  • The Pentagon, home of the U.S. Department of Defense, is the largest low-rise building in the world. Learn about the branches of the military and more during walking tours that cover nearly a mile and a half throughout the building.

  • Theodore Roosevelt Island, 91-acre wilderness preserve serves as a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt and has over two miles of foot trails to observe a variety of flora and fauna, and catch a great view of Georgetown.
Arlington Army 10 Miler Road Race

Fun Fact For Your Next Trivia Night


The Army Ten-Miler road race is the third largest ten-mile road race in the world. It’s organized by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (MDW), and the proceeds support soldiers and their families.

Photo: U.S. Army

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