Hotel at a Glance: Sheraton Crystal City
The Sheraton Crystal City is minutes from Arlington National Cemetery as well as the monuments along the National Mall. You can access DC landmarks via car or by hopping on a train at the Crystal City metro station right next door. In 2013, the hotel earned TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence GreenLeaders distinction recognizing environmentally conscious hotels.
- Complimentary shuttle to and from Reagan National Airport
- Bistro dining: 18 Eads Bistro serves fresh American cuisine.
- Fitness center with treadmills, stationary bikes, and floor-to-ceiling views of the city
- Grab a cocktail at the swanky 18 Eads Lounge.
Arlington, Virginia: Timeless National Landmarks Along the Potomac River
Arlington is a city located just over the Potomac River from Washington, DC. In fact, the area around Arlington was originally surveyed to be part of the national capital, but the land was eventually given back to Virginia in the 1840s. Still, there are quite a few historic attractions here that are nationally associated with Washington, DC. One of these is the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defense, which you can tour by appointment. Along the Potomac lies Arlington National Cemetery, which has an eternal flame flickering at John F. Kennedy's gravesite. You can also watch as soldiers switch shifts during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns, a monument for the unidentified remains of US servicemen and servicewomen.
It’s worth taking the scenic half-hour drive south to Alexandria to see Mount Vernon, George Washington's former home. A tour of the sprawling estate captures the feel of colonial life, showcasing a working gristmill and blacksmith shop. The mansion also 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.