How To Get the Ultimate Views of D.C. from Arlington!
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:
The View of D.C.
The View of D.C., in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood, is the highest public point in the Washington metropolitan area with 360-degree panoramic views of the National Mall, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Including interpretive displays, a café, and event space, the venue welcomes individuals, groups and special events.
Top of The Town
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.
Arlington Hotels with Amazing D.C. Views
Catch stellar views of Washington, D.C., and its monuments – from the meeting space, guest rooms, and restaurants in these Arlington, VA hotels:
The Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Crystal City features views of Reagan National Airport’s runways, boats on the Potomac River, bicyclists and runners on the Mount Vernon Trail, and an array of passing trains.
There are countless opportunities for free views in Arlington, too: From the Marine Corps War Memorial to the Air Force Memorial, the Mount Vernon Trail and its local-favorite plane-watching spot, Gravelly Point, you’ll find amazing perspectives on the United States capital.
We hope you capture postcard-ready views from these top locations. Start planning your Arlington, VA getaway with the perfect hotel and activities.