Crystal City Walkabout

Named for a chandelier in the lobby of one of its first buildings, Crystal City was originally developed in the 1960s and continues to evolve as a unique place to live, work, stay and play. This once-industrial area is now Arlington’s largest downtown, home to more than 350 corporations, 5000 hotel rooms, 8000 residences and a wide array of commercial and cultural destinations that thrive--inside as well as outside--thanks to a convenient network of interior walkways waiting to be explored. Crystal City stretches along the Potomac River from the sweeping vistas and open space of Long Bridge Park on the north to the remarkably accessible and architecturally stunning National Airport to the east, with all the amenities of city living and an array of transportation options in between. Whether you arrive by plane, train, automobile, bus, bike or foot, you'll find that Crystal City sparkles!

  • Length: 1.9 miles with two extensions -- 1.2 miles and 1.7 miles
  • Terrain: Flat urban streetscapes and interior walkways. Sidewalks leading to parkland on north end and multi-use trail to south.
  • Car-Free Access
    To get to the start of each Walkabout route, there are plenty of car-free options.  Visit CarFreeNearMe to determine which of those options, from Capital Bikeshare to ART to Metro, is best for you. 
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  • Acknowledgements: The Crystal City Walkabout was developed with guidance from the Crystal City Business Improvement District.
  • PRINTABLE WALKABOUT ROUTE MAP IS AVAILABLE HERE: English or Spanish (PDF, 975 KB, Adobe Reader required)

Crystal City News You Can Use

Read Washington Post's Where We Live: Crystal City is not just underground anymore - January, 2015

While you're out in Crystal City, check out the Crystal City Farmers Market, Crystal Drive between 18th and 20th Street, Arlington, VA 22202. Hours: Tuesdays, 3pm – 7pm

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Map: Crystal City Walkabout

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February 20, 2014, 1:53 PM

While you're out in Crystal City, check out the farmer's market:

Crystal City Farmers’ Market

Crystal Drive and 19th Street

Arlington, VA 22202

Hours: Tuesdays, 3-7pm

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