Welcome to the Fairfax Area of Fairfax County
Fairfax encompasses a large central area of Fairfax County that includes the Historic City of Fairfax - which was once a part of Fairfax County. This now-independent city gets its name from Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, who had five million acres of land located in Northern Virginia. Fairfax City's walkable downtown and proximity to George Mason University makes it easy to fully immerse yourself in the history of the city. Fairfax has many hotel options, one of the most diverse (and delicious) dining selections in the County, and a host of shopping centers and independently owned retail shops to find whatever you need.