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100 Things to Do in Arlington Before You Die
Pub Date: May 15, 2024

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Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock every year to Arlington for its famous cemetery, the Pentagon, and several memorials, including Iwo Jima and Air Force. But there’s much more to this vibrant city across the Potomac from Washington, DC. With 100 Things to Do in Arlington before You Die, residents and visitors alike can delve beyond the obvious to discover a multilayered city devoted to dining, history, the arts, sports, shopping, and just plain relaxing. Specialized itineraries and seasonal activities help make the most of it all.

Some of the experiences:


  • Dive into Arlington’s history, including a farmhouse dating back to George Washington’s time (it’s possible he visited)

  • Track down  a surprising collection of the nation’s first federal monuments.

  • Delve into the distressing ruins of a neighborhood’s segregation wall built to keep Black Arlingtonians out. 

  • Eat well at dozens of global restaurants along a single road.

  • Discover a hidden crab shack.

  • Enjoy a special date night extravaganza overseen by a Michelin-starred chef.

  • Explore the booming arts scene, encompassing a dazzling outdoor sculpture program (including one sculpture that must be visited at a precise time on August 1)

  • Visit a small-but-mighty contemporary arts museum

  • Find your flow by making art.

  • Wander through Virginia woodlandss filled with deer, migrating birds, and, if you’re lucky to spot them, red foxes. 

  • Get insider tips on how to experience the most famous places in new ways, including several that provide prime spots for Fourth-of-July fireworks viewing (ssshh—don’t tell anyone!).


Arlington-based writer and editor Barbara Noe Kennedy shares 25-plus years of insider knowledge—eating at mom-and-pop restaurants, shopping at local markets, taking art classes, exploring historical sites, attending performances, running and biking the trails, and more. Detailed descriptions, tips, and practical info ensure locals and visitors alike will enjoy the best this energetic city has to offer.

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