Four-Star Hyatt Hotel in Arlington
Located in a trendy neighborhood lined with restaurants and cafés in Arlington, Virginia, the four-star Hyatt Arlington is just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. Though the hotel is just a quick drive from the heart of downtown Washington, DC, it’s also a convenient point from which to explore the city by subway. The Hyatt sits across the street from the Rosslyn Metro station, where you can catch the blue and orange subway lines; either will bring you to the city’s major monuments, government buildings, and museums such as the Smithsonian.
After a day of sightseeing, head back to the hotel and relax in a standard king or double guest room. All are outfitted with upgraded granite bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city.
The onsite restaurant, Cityhouse, serves crab cakes and filet mignon from cows that were raised without antibiotics, added growth hormones, or sugary cereals. You can also stop by the restaurant in the morning for its daily breakfast buffet (extra fees), which features Torrefazione Italia coffee and made-to-order omelets. From a perch just off the lobby, Key Bridge Terrace serves single-malt scotch and a dozen microbrews until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.
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.