Clarion Collection Hotel Arlington Court Suites
1200 N. Courthouse Rd.
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: (703) 524-4000
Fax: (703) 522-6814
1200 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA, US, 22201
- Phone: (703) 524-4000
- Fax: (703) 522-6814
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.
Know your way in and out of a kayak or canoe? Then this 85-year-old private canoe club could be for you. The flatwater club, which charges yearly dues of $200, has sent members to the Olympics. Its boat house is located just north of the Key Bridge in Georgetown.
The Thompson Boat Center is very conveniently located at the south end of Georgetown, in close proximity to many major Washington tourist attractions. For the water-lovers, canoes, kayaks, and even sailboats can be rented. No prior experience is needed. The friendly staff can give you a quick crash-course on how to move and steer. If getting wet doesn't sound appealing, Thompson's also rents bicycles. Canoes, kayaks, and bicycles can be rented hourly or for a full day at very reasonable prices.
This is a sports lover's haven. Open to both university students as well as the general public, the Charles E Smith Center provides every kind of sporting facility. Whether you're looking to shoot some hoops, score some goals or test your volleyball skills, this centre has it all. Water babies can choose from swimming, diving and water polo. You could even enroll for scuba-diving classes. Alternatively, slam some balls at the racquetball, tennis or squash courts. Otherwise, catch some live action at the 5,000 seater arena, which hosts gymnastics, volleyball and other events. Timings for the public and students are different, so call up before heading here.
A popular outdoor destination for children, college students and nature lovers, this park lies north of Georgetown. Woodlands surround a recreation area with tennis courts, picnic tables and a playground. Special features include a boxwood maze and Lovers Lane, a cobblestone walkway on the west side of the park. To explore more elaborately designed grounds and an elegant estate, visit Dumbarton Oaks next door. Admission is free.
This 52-acre park is located north of the Reflecting Pool amid the capital's many famous monuments and memorials. A beautiful place for a stroll, the paths wind through the trees taking you to Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a lake and memorial to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Steeped in history, this is a must-see on any DC tour.
Potomac Overlook Regional Park offers 100 acres of scenic woodlands and outdoor adventure. Children and adults will enjoy learning about the outdoors at the park's nature center, which features wildlife and archaeological displays and an auditorium for educational programs. The park has a nature trail with regularly scheduled hikes. There are also vegetable, herb, butterfly and wildflower gardens. Schools and organized groups may make arrangements for special programs.
The Capital Crescent Trail is a pleasant 11-mile trail that runs through northwest Washington. During the work week, bike commuters use this trail as their link between the northwest suburbs and DC. On weekends, the trail is crowded with rollerbladers and bicyclists. It begins in Georgetown on Water Street. Follow the trail and you will find views of the lovely Potomac River and some of DC's finer neighborhoods, there is even a quick trip through the Columbia Country Club. Most of the trail is asphalt.
In operation since it was built 150 years ago, Fletcher's Boathouse is the first stop on a number of Washington recreational excursions. Boats can be rented and taken out to Roosevelt Island, and canoes are available for leisurely floats up the historic C&O Canal. There are bicycles for rent, as well as a wide range of fishing supplies.
To cool down and relax, especially during DC's muggy summers, head to this riverside park. A favorite among locals, Hains Point is a peninsula of land jutting out into the confluence of the Potomac River and the Washington Channel. Let the cross breezes revitalize you as you stroll along the river, picnic or take the kids to the playground. Best of all, kids love climbing "The Awakening"—a huge statue of a man seemingly climbing up out of the ground.
A historic, 45 mile long paved trail which is located on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad and is perfect for walking, jogging, and biking, as well as inline skating and horseback riding.
Farragut is the epicenter of corporate Washington DC, so don't be surprised to see lots of serious-looking people walking about. The square though, is filled with an upbeat ambiance where picnickers can enjoy the sounds of street musicians in summer. On Thursdays in the summer months, the square hosts free jazz at lunchtime. A statue of Civil War Admiral David Farragut stands in the middle of the square, spyglass in hand. Farragut coined the phrase “Full speed ahead!” during the 1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama.