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Fresh Air

Outside in Arlington

On the scenic banks of the Potomac River across from Washington, D.C., Arlington has an abundance of fresh-air experiences for your next adventure.

Arlington's vibrant, walkable neighborhoods in the heart of the nation's capital are home to 1,100 acres of parks and open space connected by more than 75 miles of multi-use trails. It's no wonder the American College of Sports Medicine named Arlington "Fittest City in America" in 2018, 2019 and 2020. Ready to venture out with us?

Parks & Nature Centers

Arlington's park system was recognized in 2020 as among the top four in America's 100 largest cities. Explore local parks, spraygrounds, nature centers, dog parks and more including a calendar full of FREE outdoor and virtual programs for all ages.


Ride, run, hike or stroll through forests, over streams and past scenic vistas on Arlington's trails. Or, create your own sightseeing tour to Washington, D.C., Old Town Alexandria and beyond with ideas from BikeArlington and WalkArlington.

Outdoor Activities
Gravelly Point/© Sam Kittner/, courtesy of BikeArlington

Memorials & Historic Sights

Experience the outdoor beauty of national treasures like Arlington National Cemetery, the Air Force Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) and the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Learn about Arlington's rich African American history.


Take in world-famous views from Arlington's Potomac riverfront and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, and enjoy nature at Theodore Roosevelt Island, the LBJ Memorial Grove on the Potomac and Gravelly Point.

Public Art Walking Tours

Discover Arlington's internationally renowned permanent collection of more than 60 public art projects, as well as periodic temporary projects, on a self-guided tour.

There's nothing like great food and drink after a day of activities. Check out Arlington Restaurants & Nightlife, including rooftops and patios for al fresco fun. And when you're ready to plan your stay, explore our Hotels.

Marine Corps Marathon

Marine Corps Marathon is live again this year, with marathon-related events scheduled throughout the weekend of October 29 – 31, 2021.

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Marine Corps Marathon