Feeling stuck in DC? Working long weeks on the same schedule? Need a day outside the city, but feel like there’s no alternative that’s close? Wrong.
Look just over the Potomac, to the high-rises buildings of Arlington, Virginia. Phenomenal schools, employment opportunity, and lower cost of living has boosted Arlington into the national spotlight. Recently, Arlington was listed as one of America’s “Best Places to Live” according to Niche. Despite Arlington’s development and rankings, many DC residents ignore the urban village due west.
The sound of a bustling and rapidly developing urban area doesn’t seem to pair with “day trip getaway”, but Arlington is different. Through thoughtful planning, Arlington has managed to grow sustainably. Reducing the common urban growth issues of traffic congestion, pollution, and job scarcity has led to a sustainable growth model. Startups are converging on this DC suburb due to highly educated population (71% of residents over 25 possess a Bachelor’s degree), proximity to valuable business resources in DC, and support from local government officials. Arlington’s officials welcomed startups by establishing a $700,000 public-private partnership fund aimed to lure business to an area that historically lacks private venture funds. This influx of diversity, enterprise, and technology all play an important role in the development of Arlington.
The weekend is right around the corner, if the usual U Street Corridor, 14th Street, and Dupont Circle bar scene is getting old and you need out of the city for a day. Hop on the blue or orange Metro lines or take one of three bridges across the Potomac. Arlington boasts a thriving food scene, rich historical sites, and engaging community events.
This weekend: August 18th-20th
-Secret Chopsticks: A tasting menu and a la carte options allow customers to try a multitude of dishes from this modern Chinese restaurant.
-Texas Jack’s BBQ: For those transient DC residents from the south who are missing home, TRY THE BRISKET!
-Marble and Rye: Woodfired American Grille possessing an impressive bourbon list totaling more than 150 types.
-Don Titos: A staple of Clarendon, Mexican bar with 3 stories including a rooftop deck. Popular happy hour so make sure to get there early!
-Spider Kelly’s: If you’re between the ages of 21-28, this is the spot for you. Daily specials and cheap beers keep this place packed on weekend nights.
-Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill: Perfect place to catch the sporting event of your choosing, large upstairs rooftop patio that offers spectacular views of Arlington
-Arlington National Cemetery: Large military cemetery including the Tomb of the Unknowns on the beautiful property of the Arlington House.
-DEA Museum: Interesting museum housing artifacts from America’s continued war on drugs.
-The Pentagon: Home of the Nation’s Department of Defense, offers weekly tours and gives a historical background to the famous structure.
-Arlington County Fair: One of the largest free events on the east coast featuring racing piglets, pony rides, games, vendors, and much more!
-Rosslyn Cinema + Pub in the Park: Movies, beer, and games? Not much more to be said.
-Marine Corps Marathon: One of the finest marathons in the country. Enjoy a running course in which runners will see the Capitol, Pentagon, and National Mall Memorials.