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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Arlington Attractions

Located across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., the land that the city of Arlington, Virginia is built on once belonged to Robert E. Lee. Today the land has become a thriving city with many different industries and activities. There are also many local attractions that are available for you to explore while you are visiting the city. Here are just four of the interesting attractions in Arlington, VA for you to enjoy while you are here.

Arlington National Cemetery:
Dedicated to those who have died in American Wars dating back to the Revolutionary War, Arlington National Cemetery is a great place to pay your respects and learn about those who have served our country. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of more than 260,000 members of the military as well as being the location of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tours are given of the cemetery and grounds each day by bus.

Fort Myer:
Home to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Division, also known as the "Old Guard", Fort Myer is also the Headquarters of the U.S. Army Garrison. Located adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer has played a very historic part in the development of the nations military. The Fort is not only the home of the oldest branch of the infantry in the U.S. Army, but is also the training ground for the U.S. Army Signal Corp and the place where the National Weather Service began. Fort Myer also includes the residence of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army.

The Pentagon:
Known for its unique five sided shape, The Pentagon is located in Arlington, just across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. As the home of the U.S. Military Command, the Pentagon plays an important part in our nations security. Tours are given during the weekdays, but reservations must be made in advance in order to be part of the tour. You can reserve a tour online, but it must take place no sooner than 7 days and no longer than 90 days away from the date of reservation. The Pentagon building is the world's largest office complex and covers more than 6,500,000 square feet of space. This amazing complex is home to over 28,000 workers, including civilian and military personnel.

Arlington House - The Robert E. Lee Memorial:
Located on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, the Arlington House was the residence of Robert E. Lee prior to the Civil War. The Robert E. Lee Memorial is operated by the National Park Service and is open for tours each day. The home was originally the birthplace and residence of Robert E. Lee's wife, Mary Anna Randolph Custis Lee. Robert E. Lee courted Mary Anna on the grounds of Arlington and married her in the parlor of the same home. Arlington House has a great historic significance to the family, but also goes all the way back to the family of George Washington. Definitely an attraction worth visiting.