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Northern Virginia

Gateway To Our Nation's Capital

Northern Virginia is next door to our nation's capital - Washington, D.C. - yet has kept its own character reminiscent of colonial times, rambling plantations, equestrian farms and cobblestoned streets leading to quaint taverns, chic shops and historical gems.

Fairfax County is a treasure trove of unique historic sites, museums, performance venues, and natural wonders. Visit and discover such national treasures such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the Workhouse Arts CenterWolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and Great Falls National Park.

Much more history can be found in Northern Virginia. Arlington honors our nation's soldiers and military history at Arlington National Cemetery and the Women in Military Service For America Memorial.

A beautifully-preserved historic district on the Potomac waterfront, Old Town Alexandria is the heart of the city George Washington called home. Today, Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks hum with an energy that attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers to some of the region’s best chef-driven restaurants; a vibrant arts culture, including the nationally renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center; a thriving boutique scene; numerous boat tours and water taxis; and creative cocktails and craft brews, including Alexandria’s own Port City Brewing Company, recently named the Best Small Brewery in America.”

Northern Virginia is a favorite destination of shoppers, from upscale shopping malls to bargain outlets and winery shops.

This region is considered "Horse Country" with steeplechase races, horse shows and polo matches. One of the most western places to visit is Marriott Ranch in Hume, with horses to ride, trap shooting and downhome hospitality. For an upscale resort, try Landsdowne in Leesburg.


Area Highlights

George Washington's Mount Vernon

  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway

Come see how the first president of the United States of America lived as you explore the estate of George and Martha Washington…

Great Falls National Park

  • 9200 Old Dominion Drive

At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the…

George Washington's Ferry Farm

  • 268 Kings Highway

George Washington’s Ferry Farm is where young George Washington spent his formative years and became an extraordinary man, after…

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

  • 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court

Beauty, conservation, education and discovery flourish throughout the year at this 95 acre complex of large ornamental display…

Manassas National Battlefield Park

  • Manassas National Battlefield Park

Site of the first major battlefield (also known as the Battle of Bull Run)of the Civil War--and the equally important Second…

George Mason's Gunston Hall

  • 10709 Gunston Road

Explore George Mason’s nation-shaping ideas at The Home of American Rights. Learn what motivated him to craft the 1776…


  • 9000 Richmond Highway

George Washington gave 2,000 acres of his Mount Vernon estate in 1799 as a wedding gift to Eleanor "Nelly' Custis, his wife's…

Tysons Corner Center

  • 1961 Chain Bridge Road

Tysons Corner Center is the largest mall in the Washington, D.C. area (5th largest in U.S.). With Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom…

Northern Virginia Experiences