Family-Friendly Accommodations Across the River from Washington, DC
In just one day at the National Mall in Washington, DC, you can see the Wright brothers’ 1903 plane at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum, gaze at the Washington Monument next to the Reflecting Pool, and take your picture in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Few cities have so many immediately recognizable landmarks, and these are all less than a 10-minute drive from the recently renovated Clarion Collection Hotel Arlington Court Suites, an all-suite hotel located just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. In addition to offering easy access to downtown DC, the hotel puts you within a couple miles of Arlington National Cemetery, home of the Tomb of the Unknowns and John F. Kennedy’s gravesite.
Each of the hotel’s elegantly decorated guest rooms is outfitted with a full kitchen with granite countertops. The rooms' rich burgundy and dark wood accents create a comfortable setting for guests to unwind. Each morning, the hotel serves a hot breakfast spread that may include bacon, scrambled eggs, and pancakes. The hotel’s swift service and convenient location helped it win a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.
Arlington, Virginia: Timeless National Landmarks Along the Potomac River
Located just over the Potomac River from Washington, DC, the area of present-day Arlington was originally surveyed to be part of the national capital. The land was given back to Virginia in the 1840s, but you’ll still find several attractions here that are nationally associated with Washington, DC. Arlington is the home of the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defense, which conducts one-hour tours by appointment. Along the Potomac lies Arlington National Cemetery, where you can see the eternal flame flickering at John F. Kennedy's gravesite and watch soldiers switch shifts during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The cemetery also contains Arlington House, also known as The Robert E. Lee Memorial, where the Confederate general kept residency from 1857 to 1861.
For an easy day trip, take the scenic half-hour drive south to Alexandria and Mount Vernon, George Washington's former home. Tours of the sprawling estate give a feel for colonial life—the estate has a working gristmill and blacksmith shop, and the mansion features many of the original 18th-century objects used by the Washington family. Even the gardens have been tailored to appear as they would have in 1799.