A trip from the Big Apple to the Lovers’ State of Virginia is a beautiful journey between two different and exciting cultures. Arlington, VA is surrounded by the nation’s history and has a more laid-back vibe than the bustling streets of NYC. The distance from the hectic and busy energy of NYC to the green and mellow serenity of Arlington is approximately 235 miles. If you take the train it may take around 4 hours to reach your destination, and around the same time if you fly from La Guardia to Reagan in Washington or Newark to Washington Dulles. The cheapest option is taking a bus to Arlington via NYC with a trip duration of approximately 5 hours, subject to traffic, weather, and stop locations.
Take a Tripper Bus
A 5‑hour bus ride may not feel so tempting—that is until you take a Tripper bus ride! Tripper Bus has a fleet of modern, clean, and deluxe buses with amenities that will make your trip to Arlington memorable and fun. Every bus has a clean restroom for when you need to use it during the long journey. The drivers and the staff are all experienced and well-trained to make sure you have a safe and comfortable experience. If you usually travel heaving with several luggage bags, the staff will happily offer your luggage assistance as well.
Due to the convenient pickup locations with ample parking, Tripper Bus is a great option for business travelers who do not want to go through the hassle of flying. The buses are always on time, and the 4 pm departure time ensures that you do not have to rush to take the bus. Not to mention some of the lowest deluxe bus fares you can score from NYC to Arlington!
What to See in Arlington
If you are a New Yorker looking for a quick getaway to a more serene neighborhood, or a tourist traveling to Arlington through NYC, there are many things to see in the greater Arlington area that you would not be able to experience in NYC. The unique Arlington, VA weather would make for a refreshing difference when compared to New York. Arlington is well known for its hot and humid summers, so it is best to avoid the summer months if you are a tourist. From fall to winter the weather is mild and pleasant.
- Arlington National Cemetery
The largest graveyard for the military in all of the USA, The Arlington National Cemetery is one of the most iconic places in all of Arlington that you can visit. Over 400,000 military veterans and families are buried on this site, and it is a somber reminder about all the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform.
You can visit the Arlington cemetery daily until the evening. It would make for a good first or last stop when you are visiting Arlington. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a historic monument in the cemetery, a white sarcophagus that commemorates the fallen soldiers who were not identified in the world wars as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars.
- The Pentagon
The headquarters of the US Department of Defense, The Pentagon is one of the most iconic symbols of the U.S. military with 5 wedge-shaped sections that give it its name. It was created during 1941–43, within mere 16 months. It is known as one of the largest office buildings in the entire world. The entire US Capitol can be fitted into one of the five main sections in Pentagon.
The Pentagon offers free guided tours for visitors. They are about one hour long and are conducted from Monday to Thursday every week. During the tour you get to walk about 1.5 miles within the building, taking in all its grandeur.
- US Marine Corps War Memorial
Another great war memorial that you can see in Arlington is the United States Marine Corps War Memorial. It is modeled after the iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal in WWII. The memorial is about 100 feet tall and overlooks the Potomac River. Surrounded by the greenery and the foliage, a visit to this iconic sculpture by Horace W. Peaslee would be a nice way to start your sightseeing in Arlington, VA.
All visitors are welcome daily from 6 am to midnight, so you can make a quick visit to this site even if you do not have a lot of time to spend in the area.
- Mount Vernon Trail
If you are a nature lover who wants to stretch your legs and free your mind in the midst of greenery, The Mount Vernon Trail is a must when you visit Arlington. It is open to the public every day from 6 am to 10 pm. The serene 18-mile trail is popular among cyclists as well as joggers. The trail can get crowded on the weekends but is great for a nice morning or evening walk on a weekday.
- Arlington Art Center
A visit to the Arlington Art Center is a must if you love contemporary art. The venue is large and spacious with 9 different galleries. Every year there is at least one exhibition every month. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but you can visit the venue from noon to 5 pm from Wednesday to Sunday.
Tripper Bus from NYC to Arlington VA
You can get a Tripper Bus to Arlington VA from NYC right outside of the Penn Station.
Since life does not stop during your commute, Tripper Bus also offers wifi services and plenty of charging spots for every passenger to charge their devices. Moreover, the comfortable seats in the buses will make sure that you are able to take a nice 4–5 hour nap and get down from Arlington perfectly rested and happy!