#3 – Take a guided tour of the Pentagon

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building.  But plan this one in advance – you must get reservations ahead of time.  The free one  hour tour covers approximately  a mile and a half in length and is offered Monday through Friday during normal working hours.  To make a reservation, click this link.

 

#2 – Visit Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington is  best known for Arlington National Cemetery which is also the site of Arlington House – the “Custis Lee Mansion”.  The mansion is undergoing restoration and is open to the public. Try to time your visit to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiiers which occurs every half hour from April 1-Sept 30 and every hour the rest of the year.  Other highlights include the Eternal Flame at John F. Kennedy’s Grave, and the Memorial Amphitheatre where special events are held on certain holidays.

Memorial Day weekend is an especially good time to go. More than 250,000 flags  placed on the gravesites just prior to Memorial Day by every available soldier in the 3rd infantry in a tradition known as “Flags In”, and a Memorial Day Observance is held at the amphitheatre.  Check the website for specific times and details.

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#1 – Visit a Farmer’s Market

Photo Courtesy of Arlington County

Summer is a great time of year to visit one of the Arlington Farmer’s Markets. The largest is located in the County Courthouse parking lot and is held Saturdays from 8 AM -noon from mid-April to December and from 9 AM to noon the rest of the year.  Find produce, freshly-baked bread, homemade pasta, pastries, mushrooms, cheese, soaps, flowers and  other wonderful products.  But there are markets in seven different locations in Arlington.  Here is the complete schedule.

FARMERS’ MARKETS

Arlington’s Farmers’ Market(Courthouse)
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon

Ballston Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3 – 7 p.m.

Clarendon Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, 2 – 7 p.m.

Columbia Pike Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Crystal City Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 3 – 7 p.m.

Rosslyn Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Westover Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 9 a.m. – noon

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Arlington County