#myTop5: Get out town this weekend to Old Town Alexandria and Arlington


Here are #myTop5 things to do this weekend:

1) The Mount Vernon Trail: Washingtonians are die-hards when it comes to getting in some exercise, no matter the weather forecast. So, grab your bike or your running shoes and escape from hustle and bustle of D.C. Running along the Virginia bank of the Potomac River, start with a great view of the District's monuments and end with a stop in historic Alexandria. Warning: beware of low-flying planes as you pass Reagan National Airport and heat indices of 112 degrees.

 


A view of Old Town Alexandria's waterfront behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center on June 2. (Tracy A. Woodward/THE WASHINGTON POST)

 3) Arlington National Cemetery: I know what you’re thinking, but no, checking out the Arlington National Cemetery is not just for tourists. The destination is home to many beautiful monuments, including the Tomb of the Unknowns and the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame. The park is free for visitors, which is always good on an intern budget.

4) The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City: Take the Metro (Blue line or Yellow line) to the Pentagon City stop and find yourself immediately in the center of the four-story shopping center's food court. The mall boasts more than 100 stores and restaurants. So as Robin Sparkles tells us, "Let's go to the mall!" (any "How I Met Your Mother" fans out there?).


Shops and apartments at Pentagon Row in Pentagon City, Va. (Jeffrey Porter/For The Washington Post)

Try not to melt and enjoy your weekend!

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