4 Hidden Gems of Columbia Pike
There’s a lot to see and do along Columbia Pike. We're sharing some of our team’s favorite “hidden gems” along this historic route.
Columbia Pike is Arlington’s “main street”—a collection of residences, restaurants, and historic buildings stretching for three miles across Arlington’s core. Enjoy some of our favorite must know things about the Pike.
Pike Park Farmer’s Market
Arlington hosts many wonderful farmer’s markets, but did you know that Columbia Pike was DC’s “farm to market” route in the early 1800s? The Pike Park Farmer’s Market is a celebration of that history and is a popular Sunday morning tradition. The market has fresh produce, meat, dairy, flowers, and arts & crafts.
The Original Five Guys Location
The original Five Guys storefront opened in Arlington on Columbia Pike in 1986, in the Westmark Strip Mall. The location is now vacant (previously home to Dave’s Seafood & Subs). This first Five Guys location closed in 1997 after 11 years. Nearby Alexandria has the second Five Guys store, on King Street.
Air Force Memorial
Sure, you might have taken the bus past the Air Force Memorial and known it was there, but have you ever visited? Walk around the memorial to take in the beautiful views of Crystal City, Pentagon City, and Washington, DC. It’s also stunning to stand underneath and look up at the three spires.
This four-acre park has amenities for the whole family (and your furry companion)—a playground, lighted tennis courts, practice walls, a basketball court, a sand volleyball court, a dog park, and even a community garden!
This post was updated on August 29, 2018.