Neighborhoods Around Town: Arlington, Virginia

Just a short trip across the Potomac River is a great extension of DC – Arlington, Virginia! Many people who work in DC live in Arlington and commute into the city on a daily basis. With so much to see and do in Arlington, it is well worth the short walk across the Key Bridge or a quick trip on the Metro.

Arlington Must-Eats:

Hard Times Café – This “American Chili Parlor” is unique to the metro area and has received rave reviews from The Washington Post, Washingtonian and even USA Today. Their menu includes many chili creations (chili dogs, chili nachos and chili burgers), wings, ribs, salads and sandwiches. They even have a vegetarian chili option for non-meat eaters. Hard Times is located across the street from the Clarendon Metro station on the Orange line at 3028 Wilson Blvd. (

Ray’s Hell-Burger – Want to dine at the same place where President Obama and Vice-President Biden had one of their first public lunches together after taking office? Look no further than Ray’s Hell-Burger, a short walk from the Rosslyn Metro station (Orange and Blue lines) at 1725 Wilson Blvd. The burgers are made fresh and you can get unique toppings like charred jalapenos and roasted garlic or just opt for the old ketchup and mustard standby. Either way you won’t be disappointed!

La Tasca – With locations in Virginia, Maryland and DC, La Tasca is a local favorite. La Tasca serves up traditional Spanish Tapas, so if you are looking for a unique dining experience, this is perfect place! The Tapas format allows guests to sample and enjoy a wide variety of different flavors and menu items while encouraging sharing. (

Arlington Must-Sees:

The Iwo Jima Memorial – Located on Marshall Drive six blocks from the Rosslyn Metro station on the Orange and Blue lines, The United States Marine Memorial, commonly known to as the “Iwo Jima Memorial,” portrays one of the most famous events of World War II. “Iwo Jima” is known to be the largest cast-bronze statue in the world. The content for the statue was based upon the Pulitzer prize-winning photo of Joe Rosenthal. (

Arlington National Cemetery – Located within walking distance of the Arlington Cemetery Metro station on the Blue line, Arlington National Cemetery is open daily from 8am – 7pm. Monuments and Memorials located in Arlington National Cemetery include The Tomb of the Unknowns, the Eternal Flame at President John F. Kennedy’s gravesite and the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial just to name a few. (

The Pentagon Memorial – Located on the Blue and Yellow lines at the Pentagon Metro station, the Pentagon Memorial pays tribute to those who lost their lives at the Pentagon on September 11. The memorial was recently opened in 2008 and consists of 184 memorial units, each of which are dedicated to an individual victim by its unique placement within the collective field. (

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