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Sightseeing Between Meetings in Arlington

We know your group wants to get out and explore while they’re in town, but time is tight. Here is our guide to quick sightseeing between meetings and events split out by day parts. Coordinate a group outing and hire a tour bus, or share these tips with your attendees to fit in the sights between sessions.

If you only have a morning … get some exercise in Rosslyn.

Get your adrenaline pumping first thing in the morning with some time in the great outdoors.

Go on an outdoor adventure.

  • Head to the Rosslyn Metro and take the 10-minute walk down to Theodore Roosevelt Island. Wander the wooded paths of the 88.5-acre island park and visit the monument celebrating President Roosevelt.
  • Continue your journey along the paved Mount Vernon Trail for unobstructed views of the Potomac River, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial and more, and head back in time for your first meeting.


Walk to see some amazing views of Washington, D.C. from the monuments.

Theodore Roosevelt Island via @Imperfect Poetry
Theodore Roosevelt Island

If you only have an afternoon … make it monumental.

Arrange a bus or walking tour of Arlington’s key monuments.

  • Start out at the Marine Corps War Memorial, a detailed sculpture that captures a powerful scene of U.S. Marines in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
  • Walk across the way to the Netherlands Carillon, a gift from the Dutch thanking the United States for aid received during and after World War II.
  • Take a bus ride or a walk to the Air Force Memorial where your participants will be in awe of the glimmering memorial and treated to yet another amazing view of Washington, D.C.
  • If you have time, cruise down to the Navy-Merchant Marine Memorial, a local favorite along the waterfront with waves and seagulls.


Organize a private tour of Arlington National Cemetery.

  • As the USA’s premier military cemetery and shrine honoring those men and women who served in the Armed Forces, Arlington National Cemetery conducts funerals six days a week. Allot a few hours to tour and walk around the expansive cemetery visiting notable graves like President John F. Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • Make a stop in the adjacent Women in Military Service for America Memorial, which recounts women’s legacy in the USA Armed Forces. It is also available for private events.
Air Force Memorial in Arlington
Air Force Memorial

If you only have an evening … travel like a local.

Locals will tell you one of the best times to see the Washington, D.C. monuments is at night.

  • Your group will agree once they see these stunning structures all lit up and reflecting on the Potomac River.
  • Make it an evening to remember with a private tour after a day of meetings.


Hang out in Arlington’s neighborhoods.

Clarendon at Night
Nightlife in Clarendon

Author: Talia Salem