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 Institution’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 free 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
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 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 upper gardens at Mount Vernon have been tailored to appear as they would have in 1799.