chauchat, writing in the thread started Jun 12 by flythefam sez: "we really liked the Old Town Trolley Tour." If you do a search on this page using "trolley tour," you'll find other references and comments.
There are a few really fun/cool/interesting things to see in Arlington....
1. Arlington Cemetery - Metro stop, Arlington Cemetery
2. Iwo Jima - Metro stop, Rosslyn
3. Old Town Alexandria - just a few miles from Arlington
Be sure you check out the Old Torpedo Factory (now shops and restaurants) on the waterfront.
4. Gravelly Point - no metro
A park at the end of National Airport - good if you love planes, bad if you do not like loud noises.
I live in Arlington. Where are you staying. Perhaps I can give you some restaurant tips/area info.
Kariann1, the old Torpedo Factory on the Old Town Alexandria waterfront does have a couple of shops and a Chart House restaurant directly next door, but the real attraction is that it's filled with working artists' studios/galleries -- painting, ceramics, sculpture, you name it.
For shopping, the principal street in Old Town -- King St. -- is directly around the corner from the Torpedo Factory and is lined with shops and restaurants of all kinds for a good 12-14 blocks leading from the waterfront all the way to the King St. Metro station. If you come by Metro, which the City would like because parking is difficult, there's a free shuttle bus down to the waterfront, unfortunately bearing the slogan "Alexandria -- The Fun Side of the Potomac."
If you're arriving on or before Saturday, July 11, the City's combined Independence Day/256th-city-birthday celebration will be in one of the waterfront parks that afternoon and evening. Band and orchestral music and other entertainment, followed by fireworks over the river at 9:15 pm. (Alexandria prefers to celebrate the two holidays together, a week after the rest of the country has exhausted itself on July 4.)
Thank you for the helpful hints!
Kariann1, re your inquiry on Arlington hotels, see my reply on the "Can You Help?" thread.
Yes, thank you for your reply!
I am putting many of the messages I read into Microsoft Word and then will go through them to sort out what I need to know. There are at least three places we will visit that I did not have information or websites.
Everyone has been so helpful! One more week and we'll be there! Yay!