Arlington's Cultural Tour I, Arlington

Arlington, located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., possesses an amazing cultural heritage awaiting to be discovered, including galleries, cinemas, memorials and more. Take the following tour to discover the city's most fascinating cultural attractions.
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Arlington's Cultural Tour I Map

Guide Name: Arlington's Cultural Tour I
Guide Location: USA » Arlington (See other walking tours in Arlington)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km
Author: gabriela
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Arlington Church of Christ

1) Arlington Church of Christ

The Arlington Church of Christ has been serving the city's Christian community for over six decades. In addition to regular worship services, it also sponsors youth programs and a number of special events throughout the year. More than a place of worship, this church has been actively involved in Arlington's social life since its establishment.
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Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

2) Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse

The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, established in 1985, was voted the Best Movie Theater in the Washington D.C. area and the Best Thing to Do on Friday. Featuring the restaurant and lounge, the Old Arlington Grill, it is the best place in Arlington to catch a movie and a meal and enjoy a great night out.
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United States Air Force Memorial

3) United States Air Force Memorial (must see)

The United States Air Force Memorial honors the service of the personnel of the United States Air Force and its predecessors. The Memorial is located in Arlington on the grounds of Fort Myer near The Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery. It was the last project of American architect James Ingo Freed.

In January 1992, the Air Force Memorial Foundation was incorporated to pursue the development of a memorial that would honor the people in the United States Air Force. The memorial was dedicated on 14 October 2006, with approximately 30,000 persons attending. The keynote address was delivered by President Bush, a former F-102 Delta Dagger pilot in the National Guard. The first official ceremony at the memorial was held the next day.

The three memorial spires range from 201 feet to 270 feet high and appear to be soaring; its array of stainless steel arcs against the sky evoke the image of "contrails of the Air Force Thunderbirds as they peel back in a precision 'bomb burst' maneuver." The two inscription walls are located at each end of the central lawn. The walls are 56 feet in length, 10 feet in height and one foot thick. Both walls are made of polished Jet Mist granite and include a two and a half inch outer inscription panel made from Absolute Black granite. In addition to hosting over 200,000 visitors throughout the year, the Air Force Memorial is the scene for more than 200 ceremonies, special events, wreath laying, tours, weddings, and United States Air Force Band Concerts throughout the year.

Opening hours: April 1 – September 30: 8 am – 11 pm; October 1 – March 31: 8 am – 9 pm

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
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DEA Museum & Visitors Center

4) DEA Museum & Visitors Center (must see)

The Drug Enforcement Administration Museum & Visitors Center, founded in 1999, presents the history of drugs, issues of drug dependence and the current drug enforcement laws in the United States. Its first traveling exhibit, named Target America, was established nationwide in 2003. The museum continues to develop its displays with educational programs, art exhibitions and interactive installations, highlighting the importance of federal law enforcement of illicit substances in the United States, as well as drug awareness.
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Arlington Historical Society Museum

5) Arlington Historical Society Museum

Administered by the Historical Society, the Arlington Historical Museum was built in 1891 as the Hume School, in honor of Frank Hume. The oldest school building in Arlington County, this red brick structure was designed in the Queen Anne style and is a registered historic landmark. Its collection consists of over 4,000 objects, including maps, books and information concerning Arlington's past.

Walking Tours in Arlington, Virginia

Create Your Own Walk in Arlington

Create Your Own Walk in Arlington

Creating your own self-guided walk in Arlington is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Kids Tour in Arlington

Kids Tour in Arlington

Arlington offers a unique experience for visitors, regardless of age or interests, featuring a wide variety of entertainment and adventure for the entire family. Take the following tour to discover the best entertainment for kids Arlington has to offer.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.8 km
Southern Arlington Tour

Southern Arlington Tour

Although many of Arlington’s most popular and accessible attractions can be found downtown, its suburban area contains a unique charm definitely worth checking out. Take the following tour to get a glimpse of the southern part of Arlington overlooking the Potomac River.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Nightlife Tour in Arlington

Nightlife Tour in Arlington

Although famous for its culture and history, Arlington offers visitors a fun and exciting nightlife as well, including trendy nightclubs and great bars. Take the following tour to discover the hottest spots in the city to spend the evening.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Daily Life in Downtown Arlington

Daily Life in Downtown Arlington

Besides its numerous tourist attractions, Arlington has a warm and active daily life, including many sites frequented by locals. Take the following tour to get a glimpse of a typical day in downtown Arlington through the eyes of those who live and work in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Arlington's Cultural Tour II

Arlington's Cultural Tour II

Arlington was established in 1801 in Alexandria County at the time, known today as Arlington County, across the Potomac from the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Arlington has a rich historical heritage clearly illustrated in the city’s cultural attractions. Take the following tour to discover the local cultural sites.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Arlington for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Arlington has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Arlington, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.