Northern Virginia: Places to Explore

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  • Alexandria

    A lively mix of historic homes, taverns, restaurants, and shops, Alexandria seems to exist in two or three centuries at once. Founded in 1749 by Scottish merchants eager to capitalize on the booming tobacco... Read more

  • Arlington

    Arlington has evolved since the end of World War I from a farming community into one of sprawling homes, large-scale retailing, and office buildings small to colossal. Connected to Washington by four bridges... Read more

  • Chantilly

    Located in western Fairfax County, Chantilly is home to Dulles International Airport as well as the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. During the Civil War, Union... Read more

  • Great Falls Park

    Great Falls, a favorite getaway spot for Virginians and DC residents alike, is where the Potomac River builds up speed and crashes over steep rocks into the Mather Gorge.... Read more

  • Leesburg

    Leesburg is one of the oldest towns in Northern Virginia. Its numerous fine Georgian and Federal buildings now house offices, shops, restaurants, and homes. In an early sign of changing allegiances, "George... Read more

  • Manassas

    South of Chantilly in western Fairfax County, Manassas was considered a strategic crossroads during the Civil War, which is why two key Confederate-won battles were fought on these grounds. Now the battlefield... Read more

  • Middleburg

    The area around here was surveyed by George Washington in 1763, when it was known as Chinn's Crossroads. It was considered strategic because of its location midway on the Winchester-Alexandria route (roughly... Read more

  • Tysons Corner

    A highly developed commercial area of office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and two major shopping centers, Tysons Corner is a fashionable address in the Washington, D.C., area.... Read more

  • Wolf Trap

    This tiny community, just northwest of Tysons Corner, is best known as home to the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.... Read more

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