Northern Virginia

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Northern Virginia - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. George Mason's Gunston Hall

    Historic Home

    Down the Potomac from Mount Vernon is the home of another important George. Gentleman farmer George Mason was a colonel of the Virginia militia...Read More

  • 2. Great Falls Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Facing the C&O Canal National Historical Park across the Potomac River on the Virginia side, this is where the steep, jagged falls of the...Read More

  • 3. Mount Vernon

    Historic Home

    This plantation and the surrounding lands had been in the Washington family for nearly 70 years by the time the future president inherited it...Read More

  • 4. National Museum of the Marine Corps


    The glassy atrium of this 118,000-square-foot homage to the military's finest soars into the sky next to the Marine Corps Base Quantico. The...Read More

  • 5. Stone Tower Winery


    Set on a hill overlooking 300 acres of land, Stone Tower is one of Northern Virginia’s largest and most popular wineries. Family owned and operated...Read More

  • 6. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Arts/Performance Venue

    A major venue in the greater D.C. area, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts hosts a wide variety of performances throughout the...Read More

  • 7. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site


    Located about 3 miles northwest of Wolf Trap, this operating gristmill dates from the first decade of the 19th century, although the country...Read More

  • 8. Friendship Fire House

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

    Alexandria's showcase firehouse dates from 1855 and is filled with typical 19th-century implements, but the resident Friendship Fire Company...Read More

  • 9. Gadsby's Tavern Museum

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

    George Washington celebrated his birthdays in the ballroom here, and Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were other notable patrons of the two buildings...Read More

  • 10. Netherlands Carillon


    Outside the Arlington National Cemetery is the lovely and unusual 50-bell musical carillon presented to the United States by the Dutch people...Read More

  • 11. Old Town Alexandria

    Historic District/Site

    Alexandria's top sights and bustling dining and shopping scene are concentrated in the charming Old Town district. A former haunt of George...Read More

  • 12. Sully Historic Site

    Historic Home

    This Federal-period home has changed hands many times since it was built in 1794 by Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first representative...Read More

  • 13. Theodore Roosevelt Island

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The island wilderness preserve in the Potomac River has 2½ miles of nature trails through marsh, swampland, and upland forest. It's an 88-acre...Read More

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  • 14. Torpedo Factory Art Center

    Old Town | Museum/Gallery

    Torpedoes were manufactured here by the U.S. Navy during World War II, but now the building houses six galleries, as well as the studios and...Read More

  • 15. Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House

    Historic Home

    This plantation home was once part of the Mount Vernon estate, and from here you can still see the trees of the bowling green that fronted Washington...Read More

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