Family-Friendly Accommodations Across the River from Washington, DC
In just one day at the National Mall in Washington, DC, you can see a space shuttle 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 spots in the country have so many immediately recognizable landmarks, and it’s less than a 10-minute drive from Clarion Collection Hotel Arlington Court Suites. Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, the recently renovated hotel is composed entirely of spacious suites. In addition to offering easy access to downtown DC, the Arlington Court Suites 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 has been outfitted with a full kitchen. The rooms' rich burgundy and dark wood accents create a cozy setting for guests to unwind. Each morning, the hotel serves a hot breakfast spread that may include bacon, scrambled eggs, and pancakes. After a day of sightseeing, head to the hotel’s top-floor lounge, where you can enjoy a drink while taking in postcard-worthy views of the National Mall and the US Capitol building at night.
Arlington, VA: 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 eventually 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 upper gardens at Mount Vernon have been tailored to appear as they would have in 1799.