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Arlington packs a lot of excitement, fun and affordability into one small area. Just across the river from the nation’s capital, Arlington boasts the neighborly, small-town community vibe with all of the amenities and conveniences of major urban centers.

In addition to its many historical attractions, including Arlington National Cemetery, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) and others, Arlington offers visitors first-class shopping, diverse dining and an eclectic local arts and entertainment scene. Plus, it’s just minutes to the National Mall and other regional attractions.

Tour of Arlington National Cemetery

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The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for guests. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.  Some of the most-visited attractions include the Eternal Flame, gravesite to U.S. President John F. Kennedy; the Tomb of the Unknowns and its Changing of the Guard ritual; Arlington House; and monuments to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters.
Metro: Arlington National Cemetery

Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)

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The United States Marine Corps War Memorial represents this nation's gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States since 1775.
Metro: Arlington National Cemetery

Pentagon Row

Pentagon Row is an upscale outdoor shopping and residential center just minutes from the Pentagon. It provides a wonderful blend of residential, retail and entertainment options, from lively concerts in the summer to a central ice skating rink in the winter, as well as outdoor dining options and play areas.
Metro: Pentagon City

Lebanese Taverna at Pentagon Row

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Arlington is known for being a center for global cuisine. As home to the Pentagon as well as its proximity to the global embassies in Washington, D.C., Arlington is home to dignitaries and a workforce from around the world, and with it, cuisine from around the world.  An excellent example is the family-owned Lebanese Taverna, a local favorite in Arlington for several decades.  Just minutes from the Pentagon, Lebanese Taverna Pentagon Row offers a warm and vibrant dining atmosphere with the beauty of traditional Arabic features. The 80-seat outdoor cafe serves as the neighborhood gathering spot for outdoor summer concerts series and ice skating in the winter.
Metro: Pentagon City

National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

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The Pentagon Memorial was created to remember and honor those family members and friends who are no longer with us because of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 at the Pentagon. The memorial itself was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2008, the first of the three national 9/11 memorials to be dedicated in this country, and honors victims who were both inside the Pentagon and aboard Flight #77.
Metro: Pentagon or walk from Pentagon Row.

Fashion Centre at Pentagon City

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Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, located just moments from the nation's capital, and on the Washington DC Metro system, offers a world-class shopping experience where avenues of fashions and boulevards of style await. A scenic glass elevator ride to the third level reveals more than 170 fascinating stores and restaurants including Macy's, Nordstrom, The Ritz-Carlton, Apple, Coach, Michael Kors and Tourneau. The skylit food court features international specialties from the familiar to the exotic.
Metro: Pentagon City