Arlington's Cultural Tour II, Arlington

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.
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Arlington's Cultural Tour II Map

Guide Name: Arlington's Cultural Tour II
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: 6.5 km
Author: gabriela
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Arlington Planetarium

1) Arlington Planetarium

The Arlington Planetarium, located downtown, was built in the 1960s to promote education in science and astronomy in the city. Also including a science museum, it is open for public multimedia programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After the performance, guests can gaze at the night sky through its high-powered telescope.
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Regal Cinemas

2) Regal Cinemas

Regal Cinemas, a nationwide chain of movie theaters and the country’s largest, features RealD Digital 3D to enhance the movie-going experience. Screening the latest major motion pictures, the Regal Premium Experience will definitely change your outlook on the usual movie night.
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Arlington Arts Center

3) Arlington Arts Center

The Arlington Arts Center, also known as AAC is a private nonprofit contemporary visual arts center based in Arlington and established in 1974. Housed since 1976 in the historic Maury School, it presents artworks from regional artists in the mid-Atlantic states.

The center is composed of exhibitions, educational programs and subsidized studio spaces and wants to increase awareness and appreciation of, and involvement in, the visual arts in Arlington County VA and the region. At 17,000 square feet, the facility includes 9 exhibitions galleries, working studios for 13 artists and 2 classrooms and is one of the largest non-federal venues for contemporary art in the Washington metropolitan area. The AAC organizes around 12 exhibitions a year. The AAC offers classes for adults, teens and children to help the beginners or the professional to improve their artistic skills.

Opening hours:

Wednesday – Friday: 1 pm - 7 pm; Saturday – Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm

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Metropolitan Gallery

4) Metropolitan Gallery

The Metropolitan Gallery, founded in 1993 along with Clare Court Studio, Inc., specializes in Mid-Atlantic regional art, including contemporary American realism and works of recognized artists in its two locations in Washington D.C. and Arlington. Featuring first-rate original art, it is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
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Fort C.F. Smith

5) Fort C.F. Smith

Fort C. F. Smith was a small fort constructed by the Union Army as part of the defense of Washington, D.C. during the American Civil War.

The new post was constructed by Union troops in early 1863 and named for Charles Ferguson Smith. The fortification extended the line of Arlington forts to the Potomac River. Along with Forts Strong, Morton, and Woodbury, it functioned as part of the outer perimeter of defenses that protected the Aqueduct Bridge of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The fort consisted of lunettes facing south and west and two bastions to the north to protect it from attack up the ravines from the Potomac. The fort was entered from the east by a road that crossed Spout Run and proceeded up the hill to Fort Strong. To provide clear lines of fire for Fort C.F. Smith and adjacent forts, all of the trees for miles around were cut down. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

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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.
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
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
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
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
Arlington's Cultural Tour I

Arlington's Cultural Tour I

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 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.