Arlington is the seventh largest town in the state and is named after the famous General E. Lee’s Arlington House. However, the town has become famous for many other reasons, not least being the home of the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys. We have already named Texas as one of the four states you need to visit in the USA, and Arlington is the one town you don’t want to miss.
There are many places to visit here to make your vacation a special one, and we have picked out four key places you need to take time to see. Be sure to book a great hotel, such as the Quality Inn at Arlington Highlands, as you don’t want to be too far from what Arlington has to offer.
The home of the Dallas Cowboys, and whether you are a fan or not, this is one place that you should put on your itinerary. Football is a big part of American culture, and it’s worthwhile taking a self-guided tour around this famous stadium to find out why the sport is such big business. The stadium is huge and is a masterpiece of modern architecture, with a huge gallery of paintings inside to enhance your experience. However, true American football fans will want to get on the field and throw a ball around, and then see the locker rooms which are open to the public when not in use.
River Legacy Park
With over 1000 acres of forest trails and magnificent parklands, there is a ton of things to do here. With a huge playground for the kids, including a life size skeleton of a T-Rex, and a range of exploration stations housing native animals, the park is a fun and educational day out for the entire family. You can also keep fit by hiking or biking on one of the many cross country trails and enjoy over 400 species of wildlife on your travels.
Housed at the University of Texas, the planetarium is one of the biggest and most advanced of its kind in Texas. With a state of the art projection system in the 60-foot diameter dome, you are guaranteed a simply wondrous experience as you get a close up of the solar system. An incredible surround sound system emerges you in the experience, and you can engage with a number of stargazing shows. Music fans should also take note of the Pink Floyd experience, which appropriately enough, immerses you in an incredible CG environment to the sounds of ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’
Arlington National Cemetery
Anybody with even a passing interest in history should visit this US military cemetery which commemorates the lives of those who died during the American Civil War. There are over 600 acres of land, but take a bus tour, and you will get to see JFK’s gravesite, and see the famous US Marine Corps War Memorial which is based on that famous photograph of the raising of the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima.