A thoughtfully curated list of the best local eating, drinking and doing.
Archer Hotel Tysons offers valet parking ($10 per day or event; $25 per overnight).
Scotts Run South
Scotts Run South is transforming into a new walkable urban village in Tysons, Virginia. Steps to the McLean Metro station on Route 123, the neighborhood is just beginning to take shape. Across the street from Archer Hotel, 1800 Chain Bridge Road will be home to a vibrant public plaza with restaurants, shops and 400 luxury residences.
One of the mid-Atlantic’s emerging urban meccas, Tysons — the 12th-largest business district in the U.S. — is just 9 miles northwest of the U.S. capital and 15 miles east of Dulles International Airport and 13 miles northwest of Reagan National Airport. It’s on the Washington Metro Silver Line (with direct 37-minute access to Dulles International Airport and an hour from Reagan International Airport with one transfer) and adjacent to the Capital Beltway — and in close proximity to the Virginia countryside. Tysons Corner Center (the 10th-largest mall in the U.S.) and the upscale Tysons Galleria are both in the city center, and such Fortune 500 powerhouses as Capital One, Freddie Mac and MITRE Corporation are headquartered in Tysons.
Steps from Archer Hotel Tysons is the Metrorail’s McLean Silver Line — less than an hour’s ride to the U.S. capital. Along with visiting the myriad of famed memorials, monuments and museums, snap a selfie in front of the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW or the Albert Einstein Memorial on the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences, or see how money is made at the Bureau of Engraving & Printing. Then fuel up with signature D.C. dishes, such as an original chili half-smoke (authentic or veggie-friendly) at Ben’s Chili Bowl (the original locale on U Street NW opened in 1958 and is still going strong), Chesapeake blue crab coated in Old Bay seasoning at the Municipal Fish Market at The Wharf (the oldest continuously operating open-air fish market in the country) or pupusas stuffed with your favorite filling at El Tamarindo (the city’s longest-standing Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant) on Florida Ave.
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