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Best Things To Do In Arlington Virginia Kathy Forest and Jim Oliver

Kathy Forest and Jim Oliver

I’m really excited to interview Kathy Forest of The Trip Takes Us about Arlington, Virginia. Kathy’s tips for the best things to do in Arlington are awesome because they are so diverse. She understands the importance of the local historic monuments and where to find all of the best foodie options.

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Marine Corps Memorial aka Iwo Jima Memorial

Arlington, Virginia

Arlington, Virginia is just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. and it offers many reasons why you should visit its attractions and restaurants.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Stay Arlington, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

If you’d like to learn how to travel for free using airline miles and hotel points, check out my free 7-day email course.

Best Things To Do In Arlington Virginia Kathy Forest 9-11 Pentagon Memorial one bench for each person who lost their life

Bench at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial

Best things to Do in Arlington

Best places to Eat in Arlington

  • Eden Center (reviews) – Just outside our boundaries, in East Falls Church, there is a little Vietnam area know as the Eden Center. Impossible to get a bad meal there.
  • Peter Chang (reviews) – This is an offbeat pick: Peter Chang. Their strip mall location is incongruous with the quality of their amazing authentic Chinese dishes. I can’t not order the Grandma’s Noodle appetizer.

Best places to Stay in Arlington

Getting around Arlington, Virginia

The local airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is in the heart of the city on the Potomac River. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Kathy says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. The public transportation system is excellent in the Arlington and DC area. And I’ve personally found it very easy to walk around to explore.

Plus, Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

If you need to rent a car, click here for the best offers from Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

If you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best Things To Do In Arlington Virginia Kathy Forest Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove view fireworks

Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove. One of the best places to view the DC fireworks

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Kathy Forest about Arlington, Virginia. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Green dots = best things to do in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Arlington, Virginia.

Who is Kathy Forest?

Kathy Forest is a foreign language translator for an international organization based in Washington, D.C. She is fluent in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, which comes in handy as she and her husband travel the world.

She writes at The Trip Takes Us to document their travels and show readers how to earn free travel, travel as a couple, and travel with kids.

Best Things To Do In Arlington Virginia Kathy Forest and Jim Oliver

Kathy Forest and Jim Oliver

Here are a couple of articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Kathy Forest at her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Kathy will even perform a free miles makeover for selected readers! This will help you earn enough travel rewards to fly to DC to experience everything we talked about on the show.


Click here to download our one-page guide of Kathy’s tips for Arlington.

Big thanks to today’s podcast partner – Bluffworks

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Stay tuned for our next episode

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