Walking Tour Sights: Pentagon City Mall

We decided we’ll start a topic called Walking Tour Sights, where we’ll cover some of the exciting places within walking distance of the hotel. Some places are closer than others but they are all within walking distance away. Since the humidity is at its peak during the July and August months, we decided to cover the place closest to the Pentagon City Residence Inn.

Pentagon City MallI’ve come to realize that time is quite limited during the core days of the reunion. If you are able to dig out a bit of free time or made the decision to stay a few days longer, and are a shopping fanatic, the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City , also know as Pentagon City Mall, is for you.

The Fashion Centre was built October 1989 and is the largest covered shopping area in Arlington, Virginia. The Fashion Centre has over 170 stores, covered parking, a large selection of restaurants, and an attached Ritz-Carlton Hotel. With Macy’s and Nordstrom’s serving as the anchor stores, the Fashion Centre offers a middle to upscale shopping experience. In my personal experience, I’d say the mall has everything you would ever want in a mall except a movie theater. Don’t get you hopes up about this mall ever getting a movie theater as their original theater, located in the lower level of the mall, closed its doors the early part of 2003.

Some of the other popular stores are the Gap, Benetton, Victoria Secret, BCBG, Armani Exchange, Cole Haan, Kenneth Cole, Coach, and an Apple Store that recently opened.

The Fashion Centre is also where you will catch a ride on the Metrorail, the DC Metro area’s subway. It’s a very safe means of transport — and no graffiti!

Area ViewIf, after a long day of shopping you are still wanting more, go check out Pentagon Row, located on the same property adjacent to the Fashion Centre. Pentagon Row is an outdoor retail shopping center and residential living complex. Pentagon Row houses a grocery store, Bed Bath and Beyond, World Market, restaurants, and much, much more. During the Winter months there’s even an ice skating rink.

Also close by, just off of S. Hayes St. is Pentagon Centre, where there’s a Costco & Best Buy.

I just gave you a brief taste of the area’s shopping district. Don’t take my word for it. You must experience yourself!