Pentagon City

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Photo: Pentagon City buildingsYou might not expect one of Arlington's freshest and most fashionable neighborhoods to be so close to the Pentagon, but that's exactly what you'll find in this urban village. Most people in the Washington/Arlington area know the shopping mall Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, and that surely is a highlight of the area, but there is a lot more.

Upon leaving Pentagon City Metro station, one undeniable first impression is the crisp feeling of an almost shiny newness that surrounds the area. From brand new shopping centers, high-rise apartments and office buildings, and the beautifully landscaped greenspaces that surround them, to the crowd of busy 20- and 30-somethings who live, work, and play here, Pentagon City just exudes the fresh buzz of 'new.'  And indeed, this area has seen the bulk of its development in the last two decades, with development still ongoing.The regional Capital Bikeshare program has bike stations nearby, making for an easy bike ride into D.C. or around the area.

Pentagon City apartment dwellers take walking paths through expanses of finely-manicured lawns and landscaping to public transportation and a wide array of retail services. 24-hour grocery stores, hip bars and nice restaurants make Pentagon City a self-contained community.

The community feeling extends beyond the immediate surroundings of the Metro as well. Less than two blocks from the Metro station lies Virginia Highlands Park, an immense public space with playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, footpaths, and a soccer field. Just beyond this, you'll find lower-density residential neighborhoods characterized by single-family homes and two-car garages.

But of course, it's hard to ignore the shopping that makes Pentagon City famous. To the residents of the Arlington and Washington area, Pentagon City is first and foremost a retail destination, with what is probably the finest collection of shops, cafes, and restaurants inside the beltway. Macy's, Nordstrom's, and Abercrombie & Fitch are among the favorites of the more than 150 shops and restaurants in the sky-lit Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Flanking the Fashion Centre are several other high-quality outdoor shopping centers, offering showcase stores, such as Costco, trendy eateries, and designer coffee shops. And in an unexpected bonus, an outdoor ice rink in the center of one of the outdoor shopping centers offers another great outdoor activity.

Did You Know?

Running and bicycling are the two most popular outdoor activities in the U.S. by frequency of participation.

Outdoor Recreation Participation Report, 2011

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