All of the great things to do in Arlington, VA and Washington D.C. are at your fingertips when you stay at The Westin Arlington Gateway. Whether you are in town to explore the Arlington National Cemetery or to visit the Smithsonian Institution, our Arlington, Virginia hotel is convenient to all that is needed to enjoy an uplifting and well-balanced stay. We are moments away from local universities such as Marymount and George Mason as well as corporate offices such as Accenture and Towers Watson. Whether you are staying with us for business or for a relaxing getaway, we invite you to enjoy the many things to do in Arlington, Virginia and begin planning your trip today!
Learn more about our walkable neighborhood and all the transportation options available to help you get around town. If you are looking for suggestions for a three day visit, view our sample itinerary with recommendations to all the hot spots.
Here are Our Suggestions of Things to Do in Arlington, VA:
Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Arlington, VA | 0.2 miles away
Kettler Capitals Iceplex is the practice arena of the Washington Capitals. As the highest ice rink above street-level in the United States, it is located on the eighth floor atop the parking garage adjoined with the Ballston Common Mall. The rink is also open to public skating, lessons, and summer camps.
Arlington, VA | 2 miles away
Clarendon is a prime location that straddles the line between a city and a suburb. The suburban amenities like Whole Foods and Starbucks are as much a draw for the neighborhood as the small music venues and quality restaurants that line Wilson Boulevard. It’s the go-to spot for nightlife and dining in Northern Virginia.
Upton Hill Regional Park
Arlington, VA | 2.5 miles away
Upton Hill Regional Park offers visitors many things to do including large outdoor waterpark complex, deluxe miniature golf course which boasts one of the longest mini golf holes in the world, and 9 baseball and softball cages.
Arlington, VA | 3 miles away
Artisphere connects artists and audiences through an eclectic mix of fresh, thought-provoking arts programming. It's the spot for contemporary visual art, live music and theatre to new media, film and dance. Admission to Artisphere and all its visual art galleries is free; there is a cost for ticketed events.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA | 4.5 miles away
Arlington National Cemetery, directly across the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial, is an iconic United States military cemetery for veterans of the nation's conflicts dating back to pre-American Civil War. More than three million people visit Arlington National Cemetery annually, many coming to pay final respects at graveside services, which are conducted each week, Monday through Saturday. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands on top of a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. | 6 miles away
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.
East Potomac Park & Hains Point
Arlington, VA | 6 miles away
Located between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River on the south side of the Tidal Basin, the park features many things to do and see such as Washington's famous cherry trees, terrific views of the city and biking, running, fishing and picnicking. Public facilities include golf courses (including an 18-hole course, two 9-hole courses, and a driving range), a mini-golf course, a playground, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, picnic facilities, and a recreation center.
Washington, D.C. | 6.2 miles away
Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Among the Smithsonian's most famous items are the Hope Diamond and the Ruby Slippers. The Smithsonian also has a large number of traveling exhibitions.
Washington, DC | 6.5 miles away
One of the top things to do in Washington, D.C., the Newseum's 250,000-square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.