Walking Tour: Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, Shopping, Roosevelt Island
Day Two is a day devoted to sites in and around Arlington.
From your Arlington hotel, take a Blue Line Metro train to Arlington Cemetery.
The Cemetery's Visitors Center is approximately one block from the Arlington Cemetery Metro stop.
Buy tickets for the Tourmobile, which drives through the cemetery, or get oriented and pick up a map for a self-guided, walking tour.
During your tour of the Cemetery, be sure to visit the Tomb of the Unknowns, where unknown soldiers from World Wars I and II and the
Korean Conflict are buried.
Civil War buffs will want to take a free tour of a fine old antebellum home, Arlington House -- the Robert E. Lee Memorial,
home of General and Mrs. Robert E. Lee.
It is located in the Cemetery, as the original 1,000 acres were part of the Lee's estate.
Arlington House is considered the first true Greek Revival building in the Capital region.
Then, go on down the hill to the gravesites of President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy.
Before exiting the Cemetery, stop at the Women in the Military Service of America Memorial.
After exiting the Cemetery, cross Memorial Drive to the bike/pedestrian path that parallels the ramp
to Route 110 south.
Continue north to Marshall Drive and the service road to the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial,
the largest cast bronze statue in the world, depicting the raising of the American flag on Mt. Surabachi, during World War II, and
dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives since 1775.
Time for a bite to eat and some shopping...
Return to the Blue Line Metro stop at the Arlington Cemetery and catch a train towards Reagan National Airport.
Get off at the Pentagon City station and look for the Pentagon City Mall exit.
This exit will deliver you inside the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City,
which offers innumerable temptations for shoppers and diners.
If you prefer not to shop, the Pentagon City Metro stop will also serve as your destination for a visit to the National Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Museum.
Upon exiting the Metro Station, go north one block on Hayes Street,
turn right and walk to the DEA Museum and Visitors Center at 700 Army-Navy Drive.
After an afternoon of shopping and dining, take a Blue Line train and return to Rosslyn.
Your final stop of the day is Roosevelt Island.
Upon exiting the Rosslyn station, go
left on N. Moore St. Turn right on N. 19th Street, left on N. Lynn, cross the ramps to and from I-66 and go right onto the bike path.
Continue on through the parking lot adjacent to Roosevelt Island. Cross the bridge to the Island and follow the signs through the wooded
walking paths to this "off the beaten path" site. You'll be glad you took a moment to discover this often overlooked treasure.