Press Release

Release Date: Apr 2, 2015


CONTACT: Angela Fox,, 703-412-9430




Crystal City (Arlington, VA) – When people travel to and from the airport they usually take a train, shuttle bus, taxi or car.  But Crystal City, the only neighborhood in the country with an airport in walking distance, is asking people to consider another way to get to DCA.  Serving more than 20 million yearly passengers and 84 non-stop destinations, pilots, flight attendants, airport employees, and “in-the-know” area residents and workers can be spotted walking on the Mount Vernon Trail or along Route 233 to get to work at DCA and destinations beyond.  To showcase how close the airport really is, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is excited to introduce the #DCAWalk Challenge!

“Crystal City is a world-class destination for visitors, employees, and residents,” said Angela Fox, President/CEO of the Crystal City BID. “The #DCAWalk Challenge is a great way to highlight Crystal City’s transportation assets in an active and fun way.”

Launching on April 2, 2015 through August 31, 2015, the #DCAWalk Challenge is a great way to experience Crystal City’s walkability firsthand. From Crystal Drive, Terminal A and Terminal B/C are both less than a mile away. That takes about 10-15 minutes and 20-25 minutes to walk, respectively. The challenge is open to anyone - not just those taking a flight, so people can give it a try and post the experience to social media with the hashtag #DCAWalk via Instagram (@CCBID), Twitter (@CCBID), or Facebook.  Submissions may include a hyperlapse of the walk, a mini-documentary, pictures of the scenic views, fun selfies, a special Pinterest board, a blog post, or countless other ideas.  Most importantly, travelers are asked to have fun and be creative!  Monthly standouts will win a weekend getaway from a participating Crystal City hotel. Crystal City is the largest hotel district in Arlington, VA with over 20 hotels and 5,200+ rooms.

Walkability to the airport is just one of Crystal City’s many assets, along with its proximity to downtown DC, extensive public transit options, bike culture, and free Wi-Fi, Crystal City is one of the most accessible communities in the greater Washington, DC area.

#DCAWalk Details:

  • Need inspiration? Watch our #DCAWalk Challenge video here.
  • Airport Access Map
  • View Walking Routes
  • View Biking Routes
  • Anyone can take the challenge; it is not limited to people going on a flight.
  • Remember to post your experience on social media with hashtag #DCAWalk via Instagram (@ccbid), Twitter (@ccbid), or Facebook to win a weekend getaway from one of these wonderful Crystal City hotels:
    • Crystal Gateway Marriott
    • Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
    • Doubletree by Hilton Crystal City 
    • Hyatt Regency Crystal City 
    • Westin Crystal City


About the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID)
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is INNOVATIVE, ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit