Ice skating rink in Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia

Just across the river from the nation's capital is the historically significant Arlington, Virginia. There is no shortage of sites to visit, from the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial to the Arlington National Cemetery — which holds the gravesites of John F. Kennedy and Thurgood Marshall — and the many monuments and museums in Washington D.C.

History lies on every block, including Civil War artifacts, 200-year-old homes, and war sites like Fort C.F. Smith. When it comes to settling down, there's a high percentage of renters — 52.9% of residents rent rather than own— perhaps due to the high median home price coming in around $582,112. The average household income is correspondingly high though, sitting around $120,088 as of 2018.

The food scene in Arlington is impressive. There are more than 75 food trucks with a wide variety of cuisine ranging from Vietnamese pho to arepas to Texas BBQ. Local farmers' markets, like the Arlington Farmers' Market that started in 1979, are part of the town's tradition and take place on different days throughout the week. And with more than 1,100 acres of parks and 75 miles of hiking and biking trails, there are options to burn off the calories.

Arlington has a vibrant nightlife with an inclusive LGBTQ+ presence; Capital Pride is particularly notable with parades, concerts, and parties. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, located just across the Potomac, is another highlight, and each spring brings in tourists from all over the world. — Chloe Wilt

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