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When the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016 (after an over century-long drought), the team visited the nation’s capital on their celebration tour. Naturally, they stayed in an Arlington, Virginia hotel.
Whether you’re following your favorite hometown team or just trying to see the amazing Washington Nationals on their home field, travel like the pros and stay in Arlington on a capital region trip.
Arlington, Virginia is so close to Washington, D.C. (just a third of a mile away!) it used to be part of D.C. It’s a great place to stay and play on a capital vacation.
Choosing one of 45 Arlington hotels means that you and your fellow fans are an easy Metro ride to Nationals Park, which is located in Southeast Washington along the Anacostia River. Take the Green Line to the Navy Yard station or the Orange, Blue or Silver Line to the Capitol South station. The Navy Yard station is just a block away from Nationals Park, and the Capitol South station is a 15-minute walk to and from Nationals Park.
Going to a “Nats game” as the locals call their home team, is a unique treat for baseball lovers. Where else can you see the Presidents Race in the middle of the fourth inning? (Insiders note: the wildly popular Presidents Race is a fun footrace around the bases with likenesses of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt. You don’t want to miss it!) If you’re lucky, you might even get your photo with one those presidents before game time as they greet fans entering the park. Then sit back and see MLB Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer (National League Cy Young award winner!) and three-time All-Star Stephen Strasburg in action.
The park is known for great eats, too. But don’t worry if you can’t get to them all during game time because Arlington has outposts of fan favorites: Enjoy the famous half-smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl in the Rosslyn neighborhood. Or down a burger from Shake Shack, a modern day “roadside” burger stand with frozen custard, shakes in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City.
Have more post-game fun in the Clarendon neighborhood where the Nats’ Abe Lincoln has been seen hanging out at Heritage Brewing Co., a veteran-owned and operated microbrewery.
You might even spot a Nationals player during your stay in Arlington, as some proudly call Arlington home because it’s so close to the park. Find out for yourself on a capital trip!
Author: Kathleen Murphy