Visitors seeking America’s historic foundations travel in hordes to Washington D.C. proper– and why not, with hundreds of beautiful monuments all in one place? Likewise, folks seeking to spend a fun-filled day in a picturesque locale with plenty of eating and shopping venues often head to the less populated, quaint towns of Virginia. But in doing so, people often miss out on a convenient mix of history and entertainment that is right under their noses. That is the great county of Arlington, Virginia. With patriotic spots like Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon, you’ll need an entire day to take them in. You’ll also have a phenomenal choice of places to eat, shop, and have a drink in between your more academic experiences. This combination makes Arlington a commonly overlooked but fantastic destination for a day trip.

If you’re looking for a Virginia day trip that is beyond the typical, head to Arlington. It’s a city in its own right and has all the fun and activity that goes along with that. Take advantage of the education on history and government it provides, but have fun doing it! For more awesome Virginia day trips you can take by train, check out our previous article.

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