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Exploring Arlington’s Charm: A Guide to APHSA HHS Summit’s Hidden Gems

Welcome to Arlington, the vibrant backdrop for the upcoming American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) National Human Services. We’ve got your guide to not only the must-attend sessions but also the best places to explore and savor delicious bites in this charming city. Get ready to make the most of your visit as we uncover the local gems, from inviting eateries to exciting activities, ensuring your time in Arlington is not just productive but also delightfully memorable. Let’s dive into a world of fantastic flavors and fantastic destinations—the perfect complement to your summit journey!


Arlington, Virginia offers a variety of activities to enjoy. Get ready to experience the vibrant history, natural sites, and shopping of Arlington. There is something for everyone here!

Arlington National Cemetery

Pay your respects at this historic military cemetery, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the graves of many notable figures.

The Pentagon

Take a guided tour of the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. Reservations are recommended.

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

Explore contemporary art exhibitions and installations at this cultural hub for the arts.

National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Reflect at this poignant memorial honoring the lives lost during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

Shirlington Village

Enjoy a day or evening at Shirlington, featuring a mix of shops, restaurants, and entertainment options.

Crystal City Shops

Browse through the underground shops in Crystal City for unique finds and dining experiences.

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Take a scenic hike or walk along the trails of this island dedicated to the 26th President of the United States.

Air Force Memorial

Visit this striking memorial dedicated to the men and women of the United States Air Force.

Pentagon City Mall

Shop at this large, indoor mall with a wide range of stores and dining options.

Gravelly Point Park

Experience a unique view of the Reagan National Airport and the Washington, D.C. skyline while sitting by the Potomac River.

Signature Theatre

Catch a live performance or show at this renowned regional theater.

Clarendon Ballroom

A popular spot for nightlife with DJ sets, a dance floor, and a rooftop bar with great views.


Arlington offers a diverse range of dining options. Here are some recommendations:


A Balkan restaurant in the Clarendon neighborhood with a unique small plates concept, offering an extensive menu of Eastern European dishes.

Cava Mezze

A Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with a variety of small plates and dips, perfect for sharing.

The Liberty Tavern

A classic American tavern with a cozy atmosphere, serving up a menu of comfort food classics and craft cocktails.

Green Pig Bistro

A farm-to-table restaurant in Clarendon known for its seasonal and locally-sourced menu.

Texas Jack’s Barbecue

If you’re in the mood for barbecue, Texas Jack’s is a popular spot serving up smoked meats and classic sides.


Located in The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Santé offers a sophisticated dining experience with a menu featuring modern Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.


A lively restaurant and bar with a diverse menu, known for its casual atmosphere and live music.

Barley Mac

A trendy gastropub with an extensive whiskey selection and a menu featuring American comfort food with a twist.

Lyon Hall

A brasserie-style restaurant in Clarendon, offering French-inspired dishes, a wide beer selection, and a lovely outdoor patio.

Mala Tang

If you’re a fan of hot pot, Mala Tang in Ballston is a popular choice with a variety of broth and ingredient options.


As you prepare for your adventure in Arlington during the APHSA HHS Summit, we hope you’re ready to soak in the vibrant energy and discover the hidden treasures of this dynamic city. From iconic landmarks to delightful dining spots, Arlington will undoubtedly add a touch of charm to your conference experience.

Remember, the journey doesn’t end here. TipCo Automated Services is thrilled to be a part of your summit experience and looks forward to connecting with you and fellow attendees. When you head home, we hope you will carry the memories of engaging sessions, flavorful bites, and the unique character of Arlington. Until our paths cross again, safe travels and stay inspired!

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