Hotel at a Glance: Le Méridien Arlington
Le Méridien Arlington is a chic hotel in Rosslyn, a neighborhood of Arlington that's just a few miles from downtown Washington, D.C. Hop on the Metro at the Rosslyn stop and you can be at the capital's top attractions in minutes. The hotel is also just a few blocks from the Potomac River and close to shopping and restaurants. There's an upscale restaurant and lounge onsite.
- Two miles away from the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, and the National Mall
- A room with a view: Guest rooms overlook Georgetown University or the Rosslyn neighborhood.
- Scallops and saffron seafood risotto are among the highlights on the dinner menu at Amuse, the hotel's upscale restaurant and bar.
- Work out anytime at the expansive 24-hour fitness center.
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 taking 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 gardens have been tailored to appear as they would have in 1799.