Hotel at a Glance: Key Bridge Marriott
You can almost hear the cries of “Hoya Saxa!” from the Key Bridge Marriott, the Arlington hotel that’s just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC’s acclaimed Georgetown University. Georgetown’s historic shopping and dining district is also close by, as is the Rosslyn Metro station, which delivers riders to the National Mall and other capital attractions in about five minutes.
- Onsite restaurants serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Splash around in the indoor pool. There’s also an outdoor pool open seasonally.
- Nearby attractions: Arlington National Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial are within a short drive of the hotel.
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.