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Area Overview

Located in the heart of Northern Virginia and located next to the US nation's capital - Washington, D.C., Fairfax County will afford you the opportunity to to educate yourself about our role in defining the history of America, or enjoy some of the finest arts and cultural attractions in the nation.

Includes Cities/Towns: Alexandria, Annandale, Burke, Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Dunn Loring, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Fort Belvoir, Great Falls, Herndon, Lorton, Mc Lean, Merrifield, Oakton, Reston, Springfield, Vienna.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness













With 50 square miles of public parks, Fairfax County has some of the finest urban green space anywhere. The county is home to several national, state and regional parks, including Great Falls National Park, Pohick Bay Regional Park and Mason Neck National Wildlife refuge, America’s first sanctuary for Bald Eagles.

The Fairfax County Park Authority operates 420 park facilities on more than 23,000 acres, featuring public golf courses,colonial-era homes, a working farm and grist mill, extensive wildlife preserves, garden and nature centers, more than 300 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, recreation centers, a skate park, ice-skating rink, and nearly 800 playgrounds, lakes, campgrounds and athletic fields.

Some of the best shopping on the east coast is in Fairfax County, which has three of the Washington region’s largest and busiest retail centers: Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Galleria, Fair Oaks Mall, Reston Town Center and Fairfax Corner.

Local communities are well-served by the county’s more than 200 neighborhood, community and regional shopping centers, with stores and services available for every need and budget. Fairfax County features a wide array of dining establishments. With nearly 4,000 restaurants to visit in the county,residents can enjoy everything from burger joints to fine dining, and sample a delicious range of ethnic cuisines.

Cultural Activities





Fairfax County offers a remarkable wealth of cultural and recreational resources. No matter how you like to spend your free time, there’s plenty to see and do here. Home to the renowned Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, America’s only national park for the performing arts, Fairfax County offers an extraordinary mix of music, visual, theatrical and other arts opportunities.

Several national heritage treasures, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens,Woodlawn Estate and George Mason's Gunston Hall, are all in Fairfax County. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Washington Dulles International Airport offers a stunning collection of rare and famous space and aviation artifacts, as well as special events, tours and lectures.

Attractions






With 50 square miles of public parks, Fairfax County has some of the finest urban green space anywhere. The county is home to several national, state and regional parks, including the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Great Falls Park, Pohick Bay Regional Park and Mason Neck National Wildlife refuge, America’s first sanctuary for Bald Eagles.

The Fairfax County Park Authority operates 420 park facilities on more than 23,000 acres, featuring public golf courses,colonial-era homes, a working farm and grist mill, extensive wildlife preserves, garden and nature centers, more than 300 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, recreation centers, a skate park, ice-skating rink, and nearly 800 playgrounds, lakes, campgrounds and athletic fields.

Some of the best shopping on the east coast is in Fairfax County, which has three of the Washington region’s largest and busiest retail centers: Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Galleria, Fair Oaks Mall, Reston Town Center and Fairfax Corner.

Local communities are well-served by the county’s more than 200 neighborhood, community and regional shopping centers, with stores and services available for every need and budget. Fairfax County features a wide array of dining establishments. With nearly 4,000 restaurants to visit in the county,residents can enjoy everything from burger joints to fine dining, and sample a delicious range of ethnic cuisines.

Transportation



Dulles International is the region’s main airport for international travel, cross-
country travel and cargo transport. It is located 12 miles (19.3 km) from Tysons
Corner and 21 miles (33.8 km) from downtown Washington. Close to the nation’s capital, Reagan National offers (with some exceptions)nonstop flights to and from destinations less than 1,250 miles from Washington. Reagan National is located 11 miles (17.7 km) from Tysons Corner
and two miles (3.2 km) south of Washington. Fairfax County has excellent interstate highway connections. Interstate 95, the major east-coast highway artery,meets Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway, in the county. Interstate 66 also meets the Beltway in the county. Together this network offers superb access to the Washington region. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
(Metro) operates the Metro system, a regional rail and bus network. The Metrorail system is over 110 miles long and has 91 stations. 10 Metrorail stations on four Metro lines are in Fairfax County. Virginia Railway Express operates two commuter rail lines. The lines originate in Manassas and Fredericksburg and pass through Fairfax County on the way to Union Station in Washington. Five
stations are located in Fairfax County and all have park-and-ride lots. Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service from Union Station in Washington to dozens of destinations nationwide. One Amtrak line stops at the Virginia Railway Express station at Burke in Fairfax County. The Auto Train, a nonstop auto ferry service, takes passengers and cars from Lorton in Fairfax County to Sanford, Fla.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  26.1  34.4  42.7  2.9 "
 February  28.5  37.7  46.9  2.9 "
 March  35.6  46.0  56.4  3.5 "
 April  44.5  56.0  67.4  3.3 "
 May  53.8  64.8  75.8  4.1 "
 June  63.5  73.9  84.4  3.8 "
 July  68.5  78.6  88.7  3.8 "
 August  66.9  76.9  86.9  3.3 "
 September  59.7  69.8  79.8  3.8 "
 October  47.5  58.0  68.4  3.4 "
 November  38.2  48.2  58.1  3.3 "
 December  29.9  38.2  46.5  3.1 "

Best Time To Go:

Spring and summer.

Fairfax County is blessed with a temperate climate, moderate rainfall, and a rich and varied topography. Although August sometimes feels unbearable in its humidity and January can seem endless with its ice and snow storms, these extremes ensure that Virginians may enjoy all four seasons of the year. Who would trade Virginia’s glorious and extended spring and fall seasons for anything else? These conditions also present you with an extensive plant palette. Without the January freeze, no apple trees would thrive. Without the warmth of the remaining seasons, camellias, cantaloupes, and persimmons would be lost.

Accommodations


You'll find over 100 hotels offering more than 18,000 hotel rooms and we have accommodations for every pocket book, from economy lodging to 4 Star luxury properties. These hotels are ready and waiting to be your home away from home, and you can also bank on many of these hotels offering free parking.

Costs

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