reagannationalairport Best Ways To Kill Time At DCA

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Next time your plane gets delayed, explore what Reagan National Airport (DCA) has to offer. This will ease the frustration of being stuck, and you may be surprised at the amount of available dining and shopping options as well as the amount of culture the airport has to offer.

Duty Free Americas

Terminal A
1 Aviation Circle
Arlington, Virginia 22202
(954) 986-7700
Hours: Sun to Sat 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Stop by the Duty Free Americas shop and pick up travel-related merchandise as well as jewelry, name brand gifts, fragrances and liquor. Duty Free Americas allows you to purchase most items without the added cost of sales or custom duties taxes. Compared to retail stores, Duty Free Americas pricing may help you save up to 50 percent in costs, depending on the item purchased. To be eligible to shop at Duty Free, you must travel out of the country for more than 48 hours.

National Hall
1 Aviation Circle
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat – Sun – 8 am. – 8 p.m.
(703) 417-1314

Forget to pick up a souvenir during you’re trip to the Nation’s Capital? You’re in luck: Reagan National Airport features more than 40 unique shops and stores, including a Smithsonian gift shop. The airport also features fashion, electronics, jewelry, music and movies and bookstores to satisfy your inner shopaholic need or to help pass the time. Pick up a newspaper at one of five newsstands or grab a book at Heritage Booksellers, where you can receive a 50 percent refund when you return what you read. So check out some of the shops during your layover and enjoy the items.

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Airports Arts
Terminal A, B and C
1 Aviation Circle
Arlington, Virginia 22202
(703) 417-0895
Hours for tours: Mon to Fri 10:00 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m

Take a moment from the hustle and bustle of clearing through security and rushing to your gate and observe the wide amount of art and culture integrated into Reagan National Airport. Terminal A features the Gallery Walk, a hallway full of two- and three-dimensional pieces of work from local artists. Stroll along Terminals B and C to see 30 individual pieces of art integrated into the construction of both terminals. The artwork includes painted canvases, stained glass friezes, sculptures, murals and more. Reagan National Airport also provides live entertainment including school choirs, musicians and dancers.

Five Guys

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Five GuysFamous Burgers and Fries
Terminal C
1 Aviation Circle
Arlington, Virginia 22202
(703) 417-8876

Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, American or Japanese cuisine, you will find it at Reagan National Airport. Choose from more than 40 restaurants and bars, including delicious burgers from Five Guys, hand-crafted beers at Gordon Biersch, tasty coffee treats from Starbucks or Duncan Donuts, yummy sushi from Matsutake Sushi and more. Not in the mood for a fancy sit-down restaurant? Reagan National also offers popular fast food chains like McDonald’s, Panda Express and Jerry’s Subs and Pizza, too.

Related: Best burgers in D.C. 

USO Lounge
Terminal A
1 Aviation Circle
Arlington, Virginia 22202
Hours: Sun to Sat  6:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

At the USO Lounge, active duty and retired military personnel and their families can enjoy a free snack bar, movies, wireless Internet access, comfortable seating as well as transportation and lodging assistance. Other services include a USO hospitality desk, photocopy and fax services and unlimited domestic and international calls. Located in the wing of Terminal A, the USO Lounge is open daily from 6am until 10pm. Military ID is required for entry.

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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer and relationships expert living in Ashburn, VA. When she’s not dishing out awesome tips and
advice on love and relationships, she’s working hard to achieve her dreams as a published author. Her work can be found at


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