An enriching getaway awaits you in the nation's capital, ideally located near hotels in Arlington VA. Enjoy an enlightening experience with our three day guide to exploring Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Learn more about our walkable neighborhood and all the transportation options available to help you get around town.
Day 1: Welcome to the Nation's Capital
Get your morning started off right with a visit to our restaurant, Pinzimini. Choose from our wide range of breakfast offerings, some favorites being our malted Tuscan waffle, omelet Sicilian and our breakfast panini.
After a revitalizing breakfast, walk to the Ballston Metrorail station located only 2 blocks from our hotel. The Metrorail is the rapid transit system that services DC, Virginia, and Maryland - and is the recommended mode of transportation to experience all the area has to offer.
The National Mall is a great place to start your explorations. Despite the name, the National Mall does not actually consist of any shops, but is rather the area where you can find most of DC's museums and attractions.
One of the most notable attractions in DC is the Washington Monument. Standing at over 555 feet and the tallest structure in DC, The Washington monument offers exhilarating views of over 30 miles. The Washington Monument is open from 9:00am-5:00pm with extended hours until 10:00pm between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Admission is free, however a ticket is required. Tickets can be reserved through the National Park Service. With its distinctive architecture and historical significance, The U.S. Capitol Building is another of DC's most popular landmarks. The Senate and House of Representatives have met at the U.S. Capitol building for over 200 years. The U.S. Capitol Building is open to the public from 8:30am-4:00pm Monday-Saturday.
You have a wide range of museums to choose from located on the national mall. From the National Museum of Natural History to the National Air and Space Museum to the National Gallery of Art, you will be sure to be entertained and enlightened throughout the day.
Before returning to your hotel room for the evening, we recommend checking out Jazz in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. Taking place every Friday evening from May 28-Sep 10, this is sure to be a refreshing way to end your exploration for the day. The National Gallery of Art is located at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest.
Or, if you've had enough sight-seeing for the day, come straight back to our hotel to "unwind". "Unwind" is a Westin evening ritual that takes place Monday-Friday in the Pinzimini lounge. Here, you can enjoy relaxing music, signature drinks such as our blood orange martini, and delicious appetizers. You will also have the opportunity to learn about several different Italian wines.
Day 2: Explore During the Day, Indulge in the Evening
Start your morning with an exhilarating jog or walk around Arlington. We highly recommend taking advantage of the jogging trails which are just steps away from our hotel. Our concierge can provide you with a map of the different routes, specially made for our hotel by Runners World magazine.
One exciting way to spend your day would be to take a trip to Georgetown, located only 4 miles from our hotel. The streets of Georgetown are lined with over 200 stores, specializing in clothing to books to electronics to arts & crafts. In addition to shopping, there are endless dining options of almost every ethnicity. If you enjoy seafood, make your way to the waterfront to one of many delicious seafood restaurants including Tony and Joe's and Sequoia. For dessert, you can't leave Georgetown without a stop into Georgetown Cupcake, DC's first bakery specializing in gourmet cupcakes.
Another interesting place to visit for the day is the National Zoo, located approximately 8 miles from our hotel. The National Zoo is the home to over 400 different species, including some of the rarest animals in the world. There are several fascinating programs that you can participate in every day- so make sure to check the program calendar before your visit. The National Zoo is located at the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metrorail stop and is open from 10:00am-6:00pm April - October and 10:00am-4:30pm November - March.
After an eventful day of exploring the area, make your way back to our hotel to indulge in one of our in room massage therapies. Unwind during a sensory aroma akta massage, sooth your body and spirit with a calm mind massage, or melt your cares away with a revitalizing hot stone massage. Just contact our concierge to schedule an appointment.
Day 3: An Exhilarating Day of Sight-Seeing and Entertainment
Start your day with a visit to the fascinating International Spy Museum, located at the corner of 8th and F Streets Northwest (Gallery Place - Chinatown Metrorail Station). Although it is one of the only museums that charge an admission fee, it is well worth it. At the International Spy Museum you can spend hours learning all about the history of espionage around the world through fascinating exhibits and simulations. The museum is open from 9:00am-7:00pm daily and the admission is $18 for adults and $15 for children.
After you've gotten your fill of exhibits at the Spy Museum, make your way over to the Eastern Market. Located in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood, The Eastern Market is definitely more than just a market. Some things you can find here include fresh produce, arts and crafts, live music, and even dance classes!
After a busy day, relax and enjoy an inspiring performance. Every evening at 6:00PM you can enjoy a free show at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. No tickets are required. Every night there is something new. Performances range from musical, to dance performances to plays.