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Fairfax County, Virginia

Nestled in Northern Virginia just across the Potomac River from DC, Fairfax County offers an enticing mix of big-city amenities, small-town charm and picture-perfect natural surroundings. Rediscover America's history through countless historical sites and hidden gems. Unwind at one of our many breweries and wineries. Connect with nature at our endless parks, rivers and outdoor escapes. No matter what your perfect day may be, we hope you'll experience it in Fairfax County.

 

 

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Neighborhoods

  • annandale
  • burke
  • centreville
  • chantilly
  • clifton
  • fairfax
  • falls church
  • great falls
  • herndon
  • lorton
  • mclean
  • merrifield
  • mount vernon
  • reston
  • springfield
  • tysons
  • vienna

Featured Attractions

  • George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • Great Falls Park
  • George Mason's Gunston Hall
  • Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
  • The National Museum of the United States Army
  • Tysons Shopping
  • The National Mall
  • Wolf Trap
  • Workhouse Arts Center

Nearby

  • Alexandria
  • Arlington
  • Washington, D.C.

Alexandria

The historic City of Alexandria has a charm all its own with cobblestone streets and riverside views.

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Old Town Alexandria

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Annandale

This growing and ethnically diverse part of the county has some of the best dining and unique shopping in the area.

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Things to Do in Annandale

Annandale Restaurants

A Delicious Tour Through Annandale

The Block is perfect as a spot to hang out with friends, especially when you're craving savory or sweet eats.

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Arlington

Arlington, Virginia, is known to many as the home to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the iconic Iwo Jima Memorial. Situated on the south bank of the Potomac River, and directly across from Washington, DC, Arlington is roughly 26 square miles.

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Arlington National Cemetery

Meet Our Neighbors

US Marine Corps War Memorial

Pentagon Memorial

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Burke

Abundant natural resources, a one-of-a-kind arts center, and friendly faces are awaiting you in this area of Fairfax County.

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Things to Do in Burke and Lorton

Burke and Lorton Area Restaurants

Finding Art, Nature, & History in Burke and Lorton

[Burke Lake Park is] Virginia's hidden gem, one of our favorite spots to go.

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Centreville

This area has incredible Civil War history, but is also home to an award-winning winery and an up-and-coming Korean food scene.
 

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Things to Do in Centreville

Centreville Restaurants

Centreville Hotels

The Winery at Bull Run is creating more than wine here, they are creating an experience!

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Chantilly

You'll be transported from the 18th Century to outer space in this part of the county that features everything from Civil War history to the Space Shuttle Discovery.

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Things to Do in Chantilly

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Chantilly Restaurants

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After visiting the National Air and Space Museum, we may have a future pilot in our family!

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Clifton

Clifton is a quaint small town with antiques, local cafes and shops, an award-winning winery, and surprising history.

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6 Ways to Explore Clifton

Paradise Springs has been my favorite Virginia winery for years.

Melissa Sisneros
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Fairfax

Learn about Fairfax's integral part of the American Civil War, explore the historic Old Town Fairfax, and enjoy a trendy food scene in this central part of the county.

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The George Mason Center for the Arts is no longer a "best kept secret" but now a very much appreciated treasure.

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Falls Church

 

Walk along Broad Street, visit the fascinating world inside the Eden Center, or try some of the region's best tacos in Falls Church.  

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Things to Do in Falls Church

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How to Spend a Day in Falls Church & Merrifield

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Great Falls

The beautiful area of Great Falls includes an incredible National Park site, a welcoming little village, and more great outdoor adventures.

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Things to Do in Great Falls

Great Falls Restaurants

A Scenic Road Trip Through Great Falls, Virginia

Great Falls Area Hotels

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Herndon

Visit Herndon on your next vacation and take advantage of great dining, kid-friendly attractions, and many outdoor recreation activities.

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Things to Do in Herndon

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My grandkids love visiting Frying Pan Park!

Betsy Harlow
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Lorton

Abundant natural resources, a one-of-a-kind arts center, and friendly faces are awaiting you in this area of Fairfax County.

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Things to do in Lorton

Lorton Restaurants

Finding Art, Nature, & History in Burke and Lorton

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The Workhouse Arts Center offers a vibrant cultural artisan center with 125 of the region’s best artists in one...

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McLean

Home to both small town charm, outdoor adventures, and innovative businesses, McLean is filled with great attractions, food, hiking, and more.

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Things To Do in the McLean Area

McLean Restaurants

Mclean Hotels

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[Clemyjontri Park has] so much to do, accessible for those with disabilities, colorful, joyful, I could go on.

Meredith Leutbecker
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Merrifield

This up-and-coming, trendy area of Fairfax County is home to incredible shopping, dining, and events and is located near a Metro station.

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How to Spend a Day in Falls Church & Merrifield

Things to Do in Merrifield

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The Mosaic District is lovely! A lively scene, always full of people of all ages.

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Mount Vernon

This bustling hub of business and activity is dotted with historical sites, and fun activities all blended with a hint of natural beauty.

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Things to Do in Alexandria/Mount Vernon

Dining in Mason Neck & Mount Vernon

Dining in Mason Neck & Mount Vernon

10 Ways to Experience George Washington's Mount Vernon

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Mount Vernon is a national treasure. It's maintained meticulously and the historical preservation and research is...

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Reston

Reston is the first modern, post-war planned community. Find out why this neighborhood is one of Fairfax County's busiest and most popular spots to be.

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Things to Do in Reston

Reston Restaurants

Reston Hotels

A Tour of Reston, From Its Visionary Development to Its Modern Day Amenities

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Springfield

Springfield is home to great shopping at the new Springfield Town Center and amazing outdoor recreation. Learn more about Springfield, VA.

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Your Guide to Fun in Springfield, VA

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Tysons

Come experience the nation's "Next Great City" where some of the country's best shopping is found alongside an unbelievable collection restaurants, businesses and a newly built Metro system.

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How to Spend A Day in Tysons, America's Next Great City

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Vienna

Catch a show at the only National Park dedicated to the performing arts, or get up close and personal with the only public Korean Bell Garden pavilion in the Western Hemisphere in Vienna.

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A Vienna Road Trip for the Senses

Things to Do in the Vienna Area

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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. vacations are on everyone's to-do list at some point. Fairfax County is one of the closest neighbors to DC, making it easy to get from here to the attractions with ease (especially if you use the Metro). You'll find plenty of museums to visit including the exceptional Smithsonian museums, cultural events, dozens of monuments and memorials dedicated to legendary American leaders and other great things to do in our Nation's Capital. 

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Smithsonian Museums

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George Washington's Mount Vernon

Discover the real George Washington at Mount Vernon!  In addition to being America’s most visited historic home, the estate now includes interactive galleries and theaters. Learn about Washington’s life, from his boyhood to his wartime service, agricultural entrepreneurship, and his presidency.  Tour the beautifully restored mansion, four distinctive gardens, and get a glimpse of Mount Vernon’s working farm. 

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10 Ways to Experience George Washington's Mount Vernon

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George Washington's Mount Vernon Website

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Great Falls Park

For a peaceful hike, a family outing, an exploration of the area’s rich history, or all of the above, the 800-acre Great Falls Park is a can’t miss. Great Falls Park features extraordinary views of the Potomac River and Great Falls, along with 15 miles of hiking trails, and five miles of horseback riding and biking trails. 

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A Scenic Road Trip Through Great Falls, Virginia

Top Hiking Spots in Fairfax County

Atlas Obscura Site at Great Falls Park: Patowmack Canal Ruins

Great Falls Park Website

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George Mason's Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall, completed in 1759, was the plantation home of George Mason, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Mason wrote the Virginia Constitution and the Virginia Declaration of Rights on which the U.S. Bill of Rights was based. His home is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture, and is highly regarded for its elegant interiors. 

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Storytellers Video: George Mason's Gunston Hall

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Gunston Hall Website

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Explore modern history with a trip to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, where you can see Space Shuttle Discovery and hundreds of other historic aircraft. Any "space geek" that steps into the McDonnell Space Hangar will feel like a kid in a candy store when they get up close to the Center's collection of space artifacts, including Space Shuttle Discovery, the Apollo 11 Mobile Quarantine Facility, space suits, rockets, satellites, and space toys (just to mention a few things).

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10 Must-See Experiences at the Udvar-Hazy Center

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The National Museum of the United States Army

The National Museum of the United States Army is the first comprehensive and truly national museum to capture, display and interpret the Army's history by telling stories through the eyes of Soldiers. Its displays and interactive-learning exhibits illustrate the Army’s role in building and defending our nation, as well as Army humanitarian missions and technological and medical breakthroughs built on Army ingenuity.

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10 Must-See Experiences at the US Army Museum

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National Museum of the United States Army Website

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Tysons Shopping

Just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C with direct access to the Metro’s Silver Line, Tysons is the Nation's Capital choice for selection, style and fashion. Here, Tysons Galleria and Tysons Corner Center are the main shopping hubs and offer retail therapy to shoppers at over 400 specialty and department stores, celebrated restaurants, eateries, and entertainment options. Tysons is where world-class shopping, dining and entertainment converge to offer the visitor a monumental experience.

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How to Spend A Day in Tysons, America's Next Great City

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Tysons Galleria

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The National Mall

The National Mall is one of the most iconic places found anywhere in America. Lined with the world-renowned Smithsonian Museums and home to unforgettable monuments and memorials, it's a bucket list item for anyone visiting the nation's capital region. Easily accessible via Metro from Fairfax County, it's something that shouldn't be missed if you have the time to check it out when staying here.

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Smithsonian Museums

Washington, D.C. Attractions

Washington, D.C. 3 Day Itinerary

Wolf Trap

Every year, Wolf Trap National Park shows a large variety of performances that cover everything from folk and blues, orchestra and classical, pop, country, dance, theater, and even opera! So no matter what, there's a show for everyone. At Wolf Trap, you'll find spring and summer outdoor venues that include the Filene Center and the Wolf Trap Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, and an indoor venue for fall and winter performances called The Barns at Wolf Trap.

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Just Announced: Wolf Trap Summer 2022 Season

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Learn about Wolf Trap's Founder

Wolf Trap Website

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Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center is set on 55 acres of land on the campus of what used to be the historic D.C. Workhouse and Reformatory.  Today, the Workhouse supports more than 100 of the region's finest professional and emerging artists and is fast becoming a regionally and nationally recognized visual and performing arts mecca for all of those interested in the arts. 

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Women's History in #FXVA: Suffragists at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Lucy Burns Museum at The Workhouse Arts Center

Storytellers Video: The Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center Website

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