Just across from Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia, offers a neighborly, small-town vibe with all the amenities of an urban center. With 44 hotels, more than 11,000 sleeping rooms and nearly 320,000 square feet of meeting space, Arlington offers monumental views of the nation’s capital, rich history and thriving neighborhoods like Ballston, Crystal City, Rosslyn, and others. Arlington’s unique combination of national history and local flavor also means unexpected fun for students, along with hotel rates averaging 20 percent lower than those at downtown D.C. properties. 

This spring brings Arlington’s newest attraction: The Observation Deck at Central Place, scheduled to open to student groups in May 2018 in the Rosslyn neighborhood. Situated 31 stories high, it will offer an outdoor cantilevered terrace giving visitors truly spectacular views of the Washington, D.C. skyline. The 15,000-square-foot venue also will be used as an exhibit space and feature a full restaurant.

Air Force Memorial

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Air Force Memorial, Arlington, Va.

Located on a beautiful hillside vista, the Air Force Memorial honors the service and sacrifice of America’s Airmen. The memorial is the scene for activities including military retirement, promotion and re-enlistment ceremonies, Honor Flights, student tours, wreath-laying ceremonies, Memorial Day, POW/MIA Day Recognition Day and Veterans Day programs, and other special events. Additionally, The United States Air Force Band performs concerts at the memorial on Friday evenings throughout the summer. Please go to our memorial website at airforcememorial.org for a list of event happenings and directions.

The Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery

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Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for guests. Some of the most-visited attractions include the Eternal Flame, gravesite to U.S. President John F. Kennedy; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and its Changing of the Guard ritual; Arlington House; and monuments to the Space Shuttle Challenger and Columbia disasters.

National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

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National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, Arlington, Va.

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial honors 184 people whose lives were lost at the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 on Sept. 11, 2001. While visiting, students can listen to the Pentagon Memorial Audio Tour that provides a narrative of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the history of the Pentagon and the purpose of the Pentagon Memorial’s design. Dial a phone number provided at the memorial entrance and explore various points of interest.

Catch Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre’s 2018 Season

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Signature Theatre, Arlington, Va.

Arlington’s non-profit professional theater company is known for producing contemporary musicals and plays, reinventing classic musicals and developing new work. Your group trip to Arlington will make students applaud! Upcoming shows include 4,380 Nights, Light Years, John, Girlfriend and The Scottsboro Boys.

Portia Conerly, destination sales manager
Arlington Convention and Visitors Service703-228-0873