Rosslyn Walkabout

Rosslyn has served as a proud gateway into Arlington dating back to the colonial era, when Awbrey’s Ferry took passengers across the Potomac from Georgetown. The community that developed along the shore took its name from Ross Lynn, a local farm. Metrorail arrived in the late 1970s, cementing the area as a transportation hub. Today, Rosslyn is undergoing a second boom, with bold skyscrapers, majestic vistas, cultural and recreational attractions and plenty of transit options attracting more and more residents and visitors every day.

  • Length: Approximately 1 mile
  • Terrain: Hilly, with some stairways, skywalks and building interiors
  • 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: Created with Rosslyn Renaissance and the Rosslyn BID
  • PRINTABLE WALKABOUT ROUTE MAP IS AVAILABLE HERE: English or Spanish (PDF, 1.2 MB, Adobe Reader required)

Rosslyn News You Can Use

Rosslyn garage gets historical marker. Stop #7 on the Rosslyn Walkabout takes walkers to the garage where Watergate informant Mark Felt revealed the secrets that brought down a president.  Now there’s also a plaque to mark the site. Historical Marker Installed Outside ‘Deep Throat’ Garage, August 17, 2011, ARLnow

Update: The garage is slated to be torn down. Garage of 'Deep Throat' Watergate fame to be razed, June 16, 2014, USA Today

While you're out in Rosslyn, check out the Rosslyn Farmers’ Market, Wilson Boulevard & N. Oak Street, Arlington, VA 22209. Hours: Thursdays, 11am – 3pm

Have Some News We Can Use? As much as we try to keep our Walkabout maps up to date, Arlington keeps changing.  If you see something that's out-of-date in our Walkabouts maps or information, please use the Comments section below, or on any of the Walkabouts pages, to let us know and we'll add the update under News You Can Use for that Walkabout.

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Recorded in 2010

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Bohdan Kantor
June 18, 2013, 12:27 PM

The neighborhoods of Court House and Rosslyn are mapped as separate Walkabout routes but there are several unmapped blocks between the two routes (stretching between Courthouse Road on the west and North Pierce Street on the east) that include these points of interest:

•   Fort Strong historical marker (Lee Highway and North Adams St.)

•   Dawson Terrace Community Center and Park (2133 N Taft St.)

•   Colonial Village (1702 N. Troy Street)

•   National Register of Historic Places. Affordable housing, public health, environmental protection, community center activities, civic engagement, etc. have played a part in making Colonial Village a sustainable community in Arlington County since the 1930s

•   Key Elementary School English-Spanish language immersion school for kindergarten through grade 5

•   Fort Morton historical marker

Terri Prell
December 30, 2011, 10:30 AM

Rosslyn has some wonderful public art and it should be included in your walk highlights.Check for Public art locations or the Rosslyn BID for their map of public art walks.

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