Arlington Treasure Hunt: Small Bites Edition (Family Friendly Ride)
Arlington Treasure Hunt “small bites edition,” you will be taken on a delightful adventure around Arlington to discover some of our true community treasures: locally owned eateries! Whether they’ve been cooking up sizzling pupusas, dunking delicious donuts, or brewing the best coffee in town, these small, but mighty powerhouses have tackled COVID challenges in extraordinary ways, and it’s time to celebrate them.
You will be able to choose between two distance options (or try both!). The full route (17 miles) with two starting options at either the Crystal City Water Park or Bluemont Park–will loop through National Landing, Shirlington, Ballston, and Clarendon with a couple stops along Columbia Pike. While we’ve carefully selected our suggested route with safety in mind, the route does include a mix of trails and street riding. The shorter route (5 miles) is in National Landing with a starting location of the Crystal City Water Park. The shorter route was selected with younger and newer riders in mind and is mostly on bike lanes, but there are a few blocks of riding on streets without bike lanes where riders may feel more comfortable on sidewalks. Given the urban nature of National Landing, this is an open streets ride, so children should either be on a parent’s bike (tag-along, child seat, family bike) or be riders who can ride in a straight line and confidently start, slow and stop on their own.