Hidden Arlington

Hidden Arlington

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Discover the best unusual attractions and things to do in Arlington, Virginia from Deep Throat Parking Garage to Rosslyn Metro Escalator.

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    King Street Blues is a throwback to great roadside restaurants that made comfort food from scratch. Dishes like country-fried steak, hush puppies, and ribs make this a local and tourist favorite.
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    The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse is a family-owned theater that features movies and live entertainment.
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    The Arlington National Cemetery is a 625-acre cemetery where fallen veterans have been laid to rest since the American Civil War.
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    The George Washington Memorial Parkway, known as "GW Parkway" by locals, is a 25-mile stretch of road and trails that follows Virginia's Potomac shore.
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    The Crystal City Water Park is the neighborhood's signature plaza. With shaded landscaping, dining tables, and seating, this fountain-filled setting is a pleasant refuge from city life. During weekdays, it's a favorite spot for workers to enjoy a take-out lunch. On weekends, it's a calm and cool spot to bring the kids.The park is the setting for free Monday Morning yoga classes and as a pit stop during Annual Bike to Work Week.
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    Synetic Theater puts on innovative performances that fuse elements of physical theater with text, drama, dance, and music. The company is best known for its "silent Shakespeare" repertoire, where the cast performs the play through movement rather than words. A recent rendition of The Tempest used dark, evocative choreography performed on a stage flooded with water.
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    It sells quality crafted chocolates made on location. I enjoyed one of its delicious monthly classes with lessons on the background of chocolate and hands-on demos about preparing bonbons. We started our class off right with a glass of wine and samples of fleur de sel and coffee-hazelnut samples.
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    Need some rest and relaxation after walking and soaking in the D.C. sights, history, and heritage? Head to this grassy lawn between the Potomac River and the George Washington Parkway. While it does provide pretty views of the D.C. skyline and walking trails, its main attraction is the sight and booming sound of airplanes leaving or landing on Reagan National Airport's runways.
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    At 207 feet, it is the second longest continuous escalator in North America and one of the longest in the world – quite an intimidating obstacle for weary travelers. Washington's Metro system is deep: Wheaton Station in Maryland has a 230-foot escalator, the longest in the hemisphere, and the Forest Glen station lies 196 feet below the surface. But Rosslyn's bank is the width of four escalators plus a decommissioned elevator shaft, offering plenty of room for a winged demon to swoop down.
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