A friend of mine is flying in from the West coast for a meeting in Arlington. She is scheduled to arrive at Dulles on United Airlines at 3:45pm. I am from Central Virginia and haven't been to Dulles in at least 5 years. I have two questions. First, what is the easiest way for us to meet? The Dulles map shows a cell phone waiting area - does that work pretty good? How long would you say it would take from United to curbside, with carry-on?
Second question: this will be rush hour so we were thinking of doing something and eating dinner between Dulles and Arlington. Ideas? However, since we are heading into DC, would traffic be lighter in that direction on the tollway? Any suggestions about a place to eat where we could also walk around afterwards? Not trying to sightsee, but maybe some place nice that is away from the area she normally stays in (Crystal City, Arlington, Pentagon City etc)?