Between the upcoming week of Inauguration events and the Women’s March on Washington happening in D.C. this Saturday, January 21, the region will be swarmed with residents and visitors alike that wish to witness historic moments unfold in the nation’s capital. If you plan to visit during this time, consider visiting a few locations in Northern Virginia that offer exciting attractions, world-class restaurants, and outdoor recreation options to extend your stay. Many of the destinations are only a short drive or train ride from the city, and will have a fraction of the people and prices that you can expect in Washington D.C. during such a momentous week. Plan to visit one of the following Northern Virginia localities during the upcoming events for affordable and enjoyable alternatives to the hectic capital.
How to Travel: If driving, use Interstate 395 or Interstate 66, or use the Orange Line on the Metro system.
Learn about the region's defining historic moments and take in a few of the arts and cultural attractions when you visit Fairfax. In addition to the city center, you'll find thousands of acres of untouched parkland only a few miles from Washington, D.C.
How to Travel: If driving, take Interstate 395 or Interstate 66, or use the Orange or Silver Lines on the Metro system.
Just north of Alexandria, Arlington is home of the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, but the city also provides upscale dining and lodging options. If you're flying in for your visit, you may well arrive at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, located in southern Arlington.
How to Travel: If driving, take Interstate 66, or use the Prince William Commuter Bus System.
With numerous important Civil War sites and monuments, Prince William is a perfect destination for the history buffs. Craft beer aficionados will find plenty to do in the region as well, with more than 10 breweries offering tastings and tours.
How to Travel: If driving, take Route 267 East to Interstate 66.
Looking to try some of Virginia's world-renowned wines? With over 40 wineries, Loudoun is synonymous with excellent wines in the D.C. metro area. After touring the vineyards, grab a bite at one of their amazing restaurants, or travel to one of the historic Civil War sites in the area.
Check out the map below to start planning your Northern Virginia visit today!