Located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington is unique among American communities. The city is co-extensive with Arlington County. In other words, one might say the town IS the county. Arlington is also unique in its worldwide recognition as the “other face of D.C.” as it is the home of such famous American institutions as Arlington National Cemetery, The Pentagon, and the Ronald Reagan Airport. A more obscure but verysignificant Arlington site is the home of the great Civil War leader, Robert E. Lee. That home has another intriguing distinction – it was build by the stepson of none other than George Washington.
Beside its reputation as a center of government, Arlington also boasts high quality residential neighborhoods. Residents are actively involved in the community. Arlington has over 50 civic associations, dozens of citizen boards and commissions, and over 100 community service organizations. There are hundreds of public parks and playgrounds,many miles of biking/jogging trails, community centers, theaters and libraries in Arlington for residents and visitors to enjoy.