Southern Arlington Tour, Arlington (Self Guided)

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.
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Southern Arlington Tour Map

Guide Name: Southern Arlington Tour
Guide Location: USA » Arlington (See other walking tours in Arlington)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Author: gabriela
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Mount Olive Baptist Church

1) Mount Olive Baptist Church

Mount Olive Baptist Church has come a long way since its foundation in 1873 as Antioch Baptist Church. Throughout this time, it has established a tradition of Christian worship in the city. The building that hosts the present church was built in 1944 and has been home to Mount Olive Baptist for over twenty years now.
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Pentagon Memorial

2) Pentagon Memorial (must see)

The Pentagon Memorial, located just southwest of The Pentagon in Arlington County, is a permanent outdoor memorial to the 184 men and women who lost their lives as victims of the attack, killed both in the building and on American Airlines Flight 77 in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Designed by Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman of the architectural firm of Kaseman Beckman Advanced Strategies with engineers Buro Happold, the memorial opened to the public on September 11, 2008. The Pentagon Memorial was constructed from a design by Beckman and Kaseman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with design support from Buro Happold, that was chosen following a design competition.

To honor the 184 victims, 184 illuminated benches have been arranged according to the victim's ages, starting with Dana Falkenberg, 3, to John Yamnicky Sr., 71, in a landscaped 1.93-acre plot. Each bench is engraved with the name of a victim. The benches representing the victims that were inside the Pentagon are arranged so those reading the names will face the Pentagon's south facade, where the plane hit; benches dedicated to victims aboard the plane are arranged so that those reading the engraved name will be facing skyward along the path the plane traveled. The National Park Service anticipated the memorial would attract more than 2 million visitors per year.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 24 hours

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Pentagon Row

3) Pentagon Row (must see)

Pentagon Row is a shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife area that is quite famous in the southern part of Arlington. Featuring a number of specialty shops, restaurants and bars to spend your evening, during the winter an outdoor ice skating rink is available, and during the summer you can enjoy Concert Nights and other events hosted here.
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Virginia Highlands Park

4) Virginia Highlands Park

Virginia Highlands Park, a popular attraction in this part of Arlington, features facilities for tennis, basketball and baseball, many attractions for children, picnic areas, grills and a gazebo. A wonderful place for leisure and recreation, on the grounds you will also find two beautiful fountains.
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Mystery Dinner Playhouse

5) Mystery Dinner Playhouse

Mystery Dinner Playhouse, a popular dinner theater unique in its style and service, is located at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel. Besides enjoying an evening with delicious food, including four courses, guests can participate in solving a crime mystery. Characters interact with the audience during the meal, providing clues to solve the crime. Sure to be a fun visit, it is open Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday at 6:30 pm.

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.
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
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: 7.2 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
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: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 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.