Arlington County

Welcome to Arlington County

Modern, hip, and trendy living with historic roots and nostalgia

Arlington County is steeped in American history. It is situated along the picturesque Potomac River looking across the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. Arlington County was once known as Alexandria County, but was renamed in 1920 after Arlington House, originally the home of the Earl of Arlington in the early 1800s. The property was eventually passed down to the wife of Robert E. Lee and is now part of the Arlington National Cemetery, “our nation’s most hallowed ground.”
Arlington measures 26-square-miles and has no officially incorporated towns but instead is a self-governing county. Some of the most exclusive and upscale neighborhoods in the country can be found within its borders. A good number of these are in the National Register of Historic Places and are zoned as historic preservation districts. The Pentagon and Reagan National Airport are also within Arlington’s borders.

What to Love

  • Close to posh shopping and exclusive bistros in Washington, D.C.
  • Located on the Potomac River
  • Community amenities 
  • Many restaurants, cafes, upscale boutiques, and spas
  • Cosmopolitan living
  • Excellent educational institutions

Local Lifestyle

There are dozens of different neighborhoods in Arlington. Some are very residential, and others are more commercial. Residents enjoy tree-lined streets and parks, cafes, theaters, walking trails along the Potomac River, and neighborhood block parties. With nine farmers' markets, there’s a lot to choose from in terms of chatting with the locals and getting the best fresh produce. The Arlington Public Library is a vibrant and important part of the community with videos, clubs, classes, and various workshops in addition to books.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Over at the Arlington Rooftop Bar & Grill, you can enjoy a Surf and Turf dinner with Guinness on tap. If excellent international food is your craving, try the Chicken Tikka Masala at the Aroma Indian Restaurant or the Shrimp Drunken Noodle Bowl at the Asia Bistro—so many choices for delicious cuisine! 
Of course, there’s also down-home American food, like Sausage Gravy and Biscuits at Bob & Edith’s Diner, family-owned for 50 years. The food choices in Arlington are almost endless, and there are also many breweries and wine-tasting rooms. Of note is the award-winning Board Room Brewing Company. They have an extensive array of board games to choose from while you sample their craft brews. Their menu has a refreshing selection of food, including classics like a Warm Salted Pretzel and Homemade Corn Dog as well as flatbreads, salads, and sandwiches. 
The Fashion Center at Pentagon City has all the best, most wanted clothing styles from top-tier designers. You can shop, get your hair cut, have a pastry, take a martial arts lesson, get your taxes done, and more at the Lee Harrison Shopping Center

The outdoor Rosslyn Jazz Festival in September at Gateway Park is one of many performing arts activities taking place throughout the year in Arlington.

Things to Do

Golf fanatics love the Washington Golf and Country Club for its excellent greens, tennis courts, swimming pool, and clubhouse. For nature trails, hikes along the Potomac River, a campfire ring, and a restored log cabin from the 1800s, the Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park has it all. For weekend picnics, a playground, basketball and volleyball courts, and more, there’s the 13-acre Alcova Heights Park, a favorite of Arlington residents.


Arlington is served by the Arlington Public Schools District and is notable for the following schools.
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