You know it’s summer in the region because it’s HOT and there are fewer people around. Many locals typically head to the beach or to the mountains to cool off. However, economic conditions in recent years have led many to forego the long vacation for a shorter version. Others forego leaving town all together and opt to stay put and take a “staycation.” A “staycation” is a vacation where you “stay” at home and spend your time off enjoying what your own city has to offer.
Arlington County offers the “staycationer” a plethora of activities to enjoy, from memorials and parks to museums and international dining. Many places and events can be found on the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service and Arlington County websites. Arlington offers a host of opportunities for summer fun, from trails and nature centers to water parks and outdoor movie screenings to concerts. And for the gourmands, there are numerous al fresco dining options as well as farmers markets.
Better yet, if you really want to explore the “hidden gems” of Arlington, then all you need to do is visit WalkArlington’s website and go to the Walkabouts page. There you will find over 20 self-guided walking tours highlighting the history, cultural attractions, natural resources, transportation options, and overall character of Arlington’s most walkable neighborhoods. Click on the Walkabout neighborhoods listed to explore your options, from urban villages to rolling parkland, quaint neighborhoods to city streets. Print out a map and start your staycation adventure on foot. You’ll soon see why Arlington has become a destination for local staycationers as well as visiting vacationers.
WalkArington.com also offers a calendar of events, so check it out as you research your staycation itinerary. And don’t forget to review our Summer Walking Tips—after all, heat exhaustion and sunburn can ruin any kind of summer vacation!
WalkArlington, an initiative of Arlington County Commuter Services within the Department of Environmental Services, gets "more people walking more of the time" by promoting the health, environmental, community-building, and commuting benefits of walking.