4-star Westin hotel in Northern Virginia with easy access to DC via a nearby train station; amenities include a Starbucks and an indoor pool
With a stay at this 4-star Westin hotel, you won’t need a car to explore the DC area. A Metro train from the airport will drop you off at a station just a few blocks from the hotel. Head back to that same train station to reach the Clarendon area’s nightlife spots in about 10 minutes, or the monuments and museums on the National Mall in about 25 minutes.
Arlington is just over the Potomac River from Washington, DC. In fact, the area around Arlington was originally surveyed to be part of the national capital, but the land was eventually given back to Virginia in the 1840s. Still, there are quite a few historic attractions here that are nationally associated with Washington, DC. One of these is the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defense, which you can tour by appointment. Along the Potomac lies Arlington National Cemetery, which has an eternal flame flickering at John F. Kennedy’s gravesite. You can also watch as soldiers switch shifts during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument for the unidentified remains of US servicemen and servicewomen.