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We’ve all seen them: gorgeous postcard views of the National Mall with the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol lined up and in perfect silhouette.
But what many people don’t realize is that this perspective of Washington, D.C., is best seen from right across the Potomac River – in Arlington, Virginia.
Originally part of the "ten miles square" designated for the District of Columbia, but not subject to the same building-height restrictions, Arlington has the best views you’ll find of the nation’s capital.
Here are some awesome viewing spots where you can see the full Washington, D.C. Skyline:
Top of the Town, a reception and conference facility perched on the hill above the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), features dramatic and sweeping views across the Potomac River of the Washington, D.C., landmarks and monuments. It’s a local favorite for wedding receptions, retirement celebrations and more.
Catch stellar views of Washington, D.C., and its monuments – from the meeting space, guest rooms, and restaurants in these Arlington, VA hotels:
We hope you capture postcard-ready views from these top locations. Start planning your Arlington, VA getaway with the perfect hotel and activities.
Arlington from the air: