Washington, DC, the capital of the United States, is the only major US city that is not a part of any state. And though it stands alone, there’s a historical building or monument at nearly every corner. The Hilton Crystal City at Washington Reagan National Airport is within walking distance of the Crystal City Metro station in Arlington, which will connect you to major landmarks such as the White House, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Lincoln Memorial, to name a few. The airport is also just 2 miles away, and the Hilton has a complimentary shuttle that picks up guests upon their arrival.
The hotel is a comfortable jumping-off point to DC’s monuments and museums. Each standard room is spacious and comes with executive-level status, which means that you can enjoy a continental breakfast in the HHonors lounge. The spread includes juice, toast, fruit, yogurt, and hot breakfast items such as eggs and sausage. For lunch and dinner you can enjoy casual American cuisine at the onsite Bistro Ondine’s, or have a cocktail at Clark’s Bar.
Arlington, Virginia: Timeless National Landmarks Along the Potomac River
Arlington is 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 watch as soldiers switch shifts during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
It’s worth the scenic half-hour drive south to Alexandria to see Mount Vernon, George Washington's former home. On a tour of the sprawling estate, you can get 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.