Hotel at a Glance: The Westin Crystal City
The Westin Crystal City is all about elegant convenience. This upscale hotel is just a mile from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and within a tiny stroll of the Crystal City Metro station, which will take you directly to the sights and attractions of Washington, DC. You’ll be able to have breakfast at the hotel and head right into the city, returning home in the evening to settle into a stylish room.
- Have a handcrafted cocktail and a snack at the Nutrio Bar.
- Flavorful Mediterranean fare is on the menu at the onsite Nutrio Restaurant, which includes superfood options and a children’s menu.
- Updated rooms feature Westin Heavenly Beds and rain showers.
- Work out in the fully equipped fitness center, which includes strength machines, treadmills, and elliptical machines.
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.