Ultimate Guide to Moving to Arlington, Virginia

April 22, 2024 | Inside Arlington | By: The Goodhart Group

Are you contemplating a move to Arlington, Virginia? This dynamic city, located just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, offers a blend of urban vibrancy, diverse cultural attractions, and a thriving culinary scene. Let’s delve into the best of what Arlington has to offer for potential residents.

**Why Move to Arlington?**

Arlington’s appeal lies in its mix of modern urban and suburban living, and historical significance. Boasting a rich history, a flourishing arts scene, and a diverse community, Arlington provides an attractive backdrop for those seeking a dynamic and engaging lifestyle. Its strategic location near Washington, DC, offers convenient access to employment opportunities, cultural institutions, and entertainment options.

**Best Restaurants:**

– **Sfoglina:** Enjoy this upscale Italian dining experience with elegant decor and mouth-watering pasta dishes at Sfoglina Rosslyn (a Fabio Trabocchi restaurant).

– **Ambar:** Experience the flavors of the Balkans at Ambar Clarendon, where innovative small plates and a lively atmosphere create a memorable dining experience.

– **The Liberty Tavern:** Embrace the warmth of The Liberty Tavern, renowned for its American fare, craft cocktails, and welcoming neighborhood vibe.

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**Best Cultural Attractions:**

– **Arlington National Cemetery:** Pay homage to the nation’s heroes at Arlington National Cemetery, a solemn and historic site that offers a profound glimpse into the country’s military legacy.

– **Signature Theatre:** Immerse yourself in the performing arts at Signature Theatre, a renowned venue that showcases diverse and compelling theatrical productions.

– **The Pentagon Memorial:** Reflect on the events of 9/11 at The Pentagon Memorial, a poignant and contemplative space that honors the lives lost during the tragic attack.

-**Iwo Jima Memorial:** The United States Marine Corps War Memorial represents this nation’s gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them since 1775.

**Best Things to Do:**

– **Arlington’s Urban Villages:** Explore Arlington’s urban villages, each offering its distinct character, with a mix of shopping, dining, and community events.

– **Outdoor Recreation:** Enjoy outdoor activities at parks and trails, such as the scenic Mount Vernon Trail and the expansive green spaces offered by the Arlington County Parks system.

– **Events and Festivals:** Engage in Arlington’s vibrant community by participating in local events and festivals, including the Columbia Pike Blues Festival and the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) Annual Gala.

As you consider your next move, keep Arlington in mind for its blend of historical significance, cultural richness, and a diverse array of dining and entertainment options. Whether you’re drawn to its historical landmarks, thriving arts scene, or dynamic urban environment, Arlington offers a compelling destination for those seeking a vibrant and engaging lifestyle.

Be sure to also check out our Ultimate Guide to Alexandria here.


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