Clarion Collection Hotel Arlington Court Suites
1200 N. Courthouse Rd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 524-4000
Fax: (703) 522-6814
The image of five marines and a navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during World War II is known to every American schoolchild. Seen in person, the bronze 78-foot statue is sure to stir emotions. The sculpture near Arlington National Cemetery, commemorates the 6,800 soldiers who died during World War II in order to capture the tiny Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Today, the memorial is dedicated to all U.S. Marines who died in battle. A Marine Parade is held at 7p Tuesdays throughout the summer.
The Rosslyn Metro Station is home to one of the longest escalators in the world. Measuring up to 207 feet (63 meters), a journey on this mechanized stairway takes more than three minutes. It is hard to imagine what happens if the escalator stops midway; but according to lamenting travelers, that's quite a possibility. The well maintain metro station is frequented by commuters as well as tourists who come to see the escalator.
Arlington House once belonged to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, whose wife, Mary Custis, a great-granddaughter of George Washington, inherited the home. During the Civil War, Union troops made the house their headquarters. The home is furnished as it was when the Lees raised their seven children here. Park rangers dressed in period costume help dramatize the era. Enjoy a stunning view of Washington from the front of the hillside mansion. As the mansion is located within Arlington National Cemetery, visitors must either walk from the Visitor Center or join the Tourmobile Sightseeing tour of the cemetery.
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of many who gave their lives in service to the country. Two US presidents - John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft - are buried here. The crew of the Challenger space shuttle, civil rights leader Medgar Evers and film star Audie Murphy are among the many honored here. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, containing remains of unidentified soldiers from World Wars I, II, and the Korean War, is guarded 24 hours a day. The changing of the guard ceremony is a moving tribute to them. Arlington House, the home of Robert E. Lee until the outbreak of the Civil War, is located on the cemetery grounds. Visitors may walk through the cemetery or board a tour tram.
The Francis Scott Key Bridge is an arched bridge over the Potomac River. Locally referred to as Key Bridge, this concrete roadway is a significant route between Arlington County of Virginia and the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C. Enjoy a walk or drive on one of six lanes and take in the panoramic views of Rosslyn at sundown. Don't miss the Washington Monument in the horizon on the other side.
The George Washington Memorial Parkway, a stretch of highway known as the "GW Parkway" by motorists, is one of the few highways in the country maintained by the National Park Service. Built in 1930 as a gateway to the nation's capitol, the parkway has many historic and outdoor sites to see along its Northern Virginia route. Some attractions and sites along this historic route include The Arlington Memorial Bridge, Arlington House, Potomac Heritage Trail, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Clara Barton National Historic Site, and Mount Vernon Trail. The parkway is a great way to learn the history of the area in your own car!
We all like watching hair raising ghost movies. But who would miss a chance to experience the place, where the climax scene of the famed movie 'The Exorcist' was shot? Tourists flock here in Georgetown to see the Exorcist Stairs. Many other movies and Television series were also filmed here. The steep steps and the some-what ancient and dark ruined structure adds to the effect. If you are lucky, you may also get to see a film being shot and your favorite actors getting possessed by the ghost—right in front of you!
Built in 1932, The Arlington Memorial Bridge is part of the National Register of Historic Places and is used to connect two historic sites; The Lincoln Memorial and Columbia Island. Crossing over the Potomac River, the bridge is a gateway to the Arlington National Cemetery and it is told that former President Warren G. Harding expanded the construction after sitting in a three-hour traffic jam on a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The architecture is grand and features multiple designs and horse sculptures by renowned artists Leo Friedlander and Carl Paul Jennewein. The view from the bridge is worth a stop, catch it on your way to the cemetery or the Lincoln Memorial.
The Air Force Memorial is a tribute and honor to the air force personnel of United States of America. It is was built in 2006 and is open to public visitation throughout the year, free of charge. The memorial also has a shop which houses items sold exclusively at the memorial. There are many concerts and events that take place at this memorial throughout the year. For more details, please see the website.
Trinity Episcopal Church is a gorgeous church located at the Columbia Pike. Surrounded by gardens and stone walls, this place has a lovely rustic charm. Its chapel is quite spacious and can accommodate a large number of invitees, it is furnished with wooden pews and illuminated with bright yellow lights that make the place look ethereal. The alter is drenched in wonderful hues of white and is always decorated with fresh roses and candles. The church has a vast patio which is used for wedding ceremonies and also becomes a make-shift playground for kids. Variety of religious and cultural activities keep the church busy throughout the year.
This post office warrants special attention due to the rather monumental building in which it is housed. Originally built as a customs house, it is made of sturdy granite and has two sets of shallow steps, also granite, leading up to its over sized doors. The inside is majestic and still functions as a regular post office. A visit here kills two birds with one stone; you can view a historic site, and buy stamps for those postcards you have been meaning to send!
Tucked into a courtyard in the heart of busy Georgetown, the Old Stone House dates back to 1765. It is believed to be the oldest building in Washington and the only one remaining from the pre-Revolutionary period. The house provides a glimpse of mid-18th century life in a cramped but functional living space. Simple furnishings can be found in most rooms.