Steeped in history and buzzing with activity, the DC area attracts families, couples and culture seekers. Discover the heart of Arlington, VA, during your stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City. Spend the day shopping at Fashion Centre or Pentagon Row, both within walking distance of the hotel, or visit top attractions like the Arlington Cemetery and the Pentagon. Find all the monuments, restaurants and nightlife of DC just two stops away from the Metro station located outside our hotel doors.
In the words of its founder, the Corcoran is “dedicated to art.” Its museum presents, interprets and preserves the art of our times and of times past; its college of art nurtures and helps shape new generations of artists and designers. Education is a central focus, not just in the Corcoran’s classrooms but in its galleries and throughout the greater Washington region. Though American art is the collection’s emphasis, the art of other nations and cultures is, when appropriate, acquired and exhibited. Address: 500 Seventeenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Contact: (202) 639-1700 | Distance: 2.5 miles | Website
Since it reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre has been one of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital. Ford’s Theatre has enthralled visitors because of its unique place in United States history, and its mission to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education.
Ford’s Theatre Society works with the National Park Service in a rare and successful public-private partnership to present the Theatre’s nearly one million visitors each year with a high quality historic and cultural experience. Together, both organizations work to enhance the vibrancy of this historic site, an important tool for promoting the ideals of leadership, humanity and wisdom espoused by Abraham Lincoln. Address: 511 10th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.
Contact: (202) 638-2941 | Distance: 3 miles | Website
International Spy Museum
The International Spy Museum is the first and only public museum in the United States solely dedicated to espionage and the only one in the world to provide a global perspective on espionage. It features the largest collection of international spy-related artifacts ever placed on public display. The stories of individual spies, told through film, and interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits, provide a dynamic context to foster an understanding of espionage and its impact on current and historic events. Address: 800 F St Nw, Washington, DC 20004, US.
Contact: (202) 393-7798 | Distance: 2.4 miles | Website
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Kennedy Center, located on the banks of the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial inWashington, D.C., opened to the public in September 1971. But its roots date back to 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed bipartisan legislation creating a National Cultural Center. To honor Eisenhower's vision for such a facility, one of the Kennedy Center's theaters is named for him.
The National Cultural Center Act included four basic components: it authorized the Center's construction, spelled out an artistic mandate to present a wide variety of both classical and contemporary performances, specified an educational mission for the Center, and stated that the Center was to be an independent facility, self-sustaining and privately funded. As a result of this last stipulation, a mammoth fundraising campaign began immediately following the Act's passage into law.
President John F. Kennedy was a lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts, and frequently steered the public discourse toward what he called "our contribution to the human spirit." Kennedy took the lead in raising funds for the new National Cultural Center, holding special White House luncheons and receptions, appointing his wife Jacqueline and Mrs. Eisenhower as honorary co-chairwomen, and in other ways placing the prestige of his office firmly behind the endeavor.
America's national cultural center hosts the National Symphony Orchestra, ballets, and musicals.
Address: 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566
Contact: 1-800-444-1324 | Distance: 2.3 miles | Website
The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Address: 101 Independence Ave, SE, Washington, DC 20540.
Contact: (202) 707-5000 | Distance: 3.5 miles | Website
The National Air and Space Museum-Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
The National Air and Space Museum-Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (named for its benefactor) displays thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall. Together, these two facilities house the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world. Glimpse the Apollo 11 Command Module, “Columbia”. View the Enola Gay up close. The Udvar-Hazy Center is located at Dulles International Airport, just a short ride from the hotel. Address: 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Virginia 20151.
Contact: (202) 633-1000 | Distance: 2.8 Miles | Website
The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art was created in 1937 for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress, accepting the gift of financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon. During the 1920s, Mr. Mellon began collecting with the intention of forming a gallery of art for the nation in Washington. In 1937, the year of his death, he promised his collection to the United States. Funds for the construction of the West Building were provided by The A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. On March 17, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the completed building and the collections on behalf of the people of the United States of America.
The National Gallery of Art houses a permanent collection of more than 100,000 art objects from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Address: Between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
Contact: (202) 737-4215 | Distance: 3 miles | Website
The National Theatre
The National Theatre — "The Theatre of Presidents" — has operated at the same location three blocks from The White House since 1835. A historic landmark, this playhouse stages Broadway shows, musicals and local entertainment. Address: 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004.
Contact: (202) 628-6161 | Distance: 3 miles | Website
The Smithsonian Museums
The world’s largest museum complex is comprised of a myriad of museums and exhibits including: Air and Space, Natural History, American History, American Indian History, Art and Sculpture gardens and much more. Address: The National Mall, Located off 14th Street NW, between Jefferson Drive and Constitution Avenue.
Contact: (202) 633-1000 | Distance: 3 miles | Website
The State Theatre
Built in 1936, The State Theatre operated as a popular movie until the late 1980's. The first film shown was Thanks A Million starring Dick Powell and on November 27, 1988 the State closed its doors after a final showing of Die Hard starring Bruce Willis. The first theatre on the East Coast to be centrally air-conditioned, the State was the flagship of the family-owned Neighborhood Theatres chain which also operated, among others, the Glebe (now a Duron paint store), the Buckingham (now a Post Office) and the Jefferson (now a Chile's restaurant).
A multi-million dollar restoration in the late 1990's turned it into the Washington Metro area's favorite new venue for live music and private events. The full theatrical stage is original, as are the 200 balcony seats and both lobbies. The theatre seats on the main floor were removed to allow for the re-design of the auditorium which now accommodates full service dining, standing and dancing areas and two full service bars. The restoration also added a full service restaurant for dining and catering private events. Address: 220 N. Washington Street, Falls Church, VA 22046.
Contact: (703) 237-0300 | Distance: 6 miles | Website
The Warner's special place in the history of Washington began in the 1920s when dozens of grand theaters and moviehouses lit up downtown. Built first for vaudeville and silent movies, the Theatre was opened as the Earle Theatre in 1924. It was complemented by a rooftop garden that attracted thousands of visitors per night. The basement was also famous, first as a restaurant and ballroom, and in the 1930s as the Neptune Room. The Earle featured its own precision dance troupe-much like the still-famous Rockettes-called the Roxyettes. They kept the traditions of vaudeville alive at the Earle until 1945, performing before and after feature films and with guest performers such as Red Skelton and Jerry Lewis.
Today, the theatre is renowned for national and international recording artists and the finest in theatrical, dance, and television presentations.
Address: 513 13th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. 13th Street, between E and F Streets, N.W.
Contact: (202) 783-4000 | Distance: 2.9 miles | Website
Wolf Trap Foundation
As America's National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap plays a valuable leadership role in both the local and national performing arts communities. Through a wide range of artistic and education programs, Wolf Trap enhances our nation's cultural life and ensures that the arts remain accessible and affordable to the broadest possible audience. A typical season at Wolf Trap includes something for everyone with performances ranging from pop, country, folk and blues to orchestra, dance, theater and opera, as well as innovative performance art and multimedia presentations. The Filene Center season usually runs from the end of May to the beginning of September with an average of 90 performances each year. From October to early May, Wolf Trap's 382-seat indoor venue, The Barns at Wolf Trap, continues to present a diverse line-up of artists in a casual and more intimate atmosphere. The Barns are also summer home to the Wolf Trap Opera Company. In addition to year-round performances, Wolf Trap offers a variety of education programs both locally and nationwide. Its primary education program, the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, places professional performing artists in preschool classrooms nationwide. In classroom residencies, these artists use drama, music and movement to teach basic skills and encourage active participation and self-esteem in the earliest stages of learning. Wolf Trap Institute Artists also conduct workshops and presentations throughout the country to demonstrate to teachers and parents how the arts can bring new life to learning and literature. Address: 1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182.
Contact: (703) 255-1900 | Distance: 12 miles | Website
Arlington National Cemetery
As America’s largest national burial ground, Arlington National Cemetery inters veterans who served in wars from the American Revolution through actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Formerly the family estate of Mary Anna Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee, the cemetery is the current home of the gravesite of President John F. Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknowns. The Tomb of the Unknowns in guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by the US Army’s Old Guard. Address: Arlington, Virginia 22211.
A visit to the Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a visit to another world ...the world of an 18th Century family living on a small, low-income farm just prior to the Revolutionary War. Address: 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101.
Contact: (703) 442-7557 | Distance: 8 miles | Website
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon was the beloved home of George and Martha Washington from 1759 until 1799. The 45-acre Potomac River estate includes gardens, the beautifully restored mansion, a working farm, and the Washingtons' tomb. A new museum and education center features 500 original artifacts, hands-on exhibits, and immersion theaters that illuminate George Washington's remarkable life. Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.
Contact: (703) 780-2000 | Distance: 11 Miles | Website
Gray Ghost Vineyards
Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map by producing internationally acclaimed wines from immaculate vineyards. All grapes are hand-picked and wine is aged in premium oak barrels. Full-bodied reds are unfiltered and lighter-styled wines are fermented at lower temperatures to enhance fruit character. This emphasis on quality resulted in Gray Ghost being named "Best of the East" by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine four consecutive years!
A visit to Gray Ghost offers a knowledgeable staff, southern hospitality, beautiful picnic grounds and spacious indoor facilities. Ask about Gray Ghost's famous winery events, entertaining tours and the most popular volunteer harvest program in the state! Address: 14706 Lee Highway, Amissville, VA 20106.
Contact: (504) 937-4869 | Distance: 52 miles | Website
Green Spring Garden and Horticultural Center
Green Spring Gardens, previously a plantation, is now a 27-acre park and demonstration garden. The restored historic manor house is available for tours and offers full English teas and educational programs on gardening and history. The Horticulture Center contains a research library, exhibits, and a greenhouse display on houseplants. Demonstration gardens throughout the grounds include a kitchen garden, fruit garden, wild-flower garden, blue garden, rock garden, backyard wildlife habitat garden, water-wise garden, and children's garden. Address: 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Contact: (703) 642-5173 | Distance: 6 miles | Website
Historic Old Town Alexandria
From the Potomac River waterfront to the King Street Metro, restaurants, shops and historic attractions line King Street and the side streets radiating from it. Events, including parades, house tours and a two-day art festival, make Old Town a lively neighborhood year-round. Address: 421 King Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Contact: (703) 838-4200 | Distance: 4 miles | Website
Little Washington Winery and Vineyards
Little Washington Winery is tucked right into the sweet spot of Virginia Wine Country high on the edge of Shenandoah National Park. The mountains here catch the breezes to fend off Spring frost, protect our vineyards from disease and splash full morning sun on the vines. They handcraft old world style artisan wines from their own vineyards and from some of the most coveted appellations in the state of Virginia. A new kind of addition to Virginia's wine scene, they have been described as "the place to go for a unique tasting experience". Every visit is different, fun, interesting and unique. They believe in protecting farmland with world-class wine. Along with their own wines, our daily tastings feature the best rare varietals and incredible blends from other small farm wineries around Virginia and all over the world. Address: 72 Christmas Tree Lane, Washington, VA 22747.
Contact: (540) 987-8330 | Distance: 62 miles | Website
National Monuments of Washington, DC
Undoubtedly the most recognizable symbols in the country, millions make the sojourn to our nation’s capital to view these exquisite testaments to democracy. Read our 16th president’s inspiring words at the Lincoln Memorial. Put your size in perspective with a photo in front of the Washington Monument. Walk along the tidal basin and gaze at the beautiful Jefferson Memorial. Pay respect to those who have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom with a visit to the Korean War or Vietnam Veterans Memorials, or indulge in the documents of American history at the National Archives. Address: Located off 14th Street NW (between Jefferson Drive and Constitution Avenue)
National Mall & Memorial Parks include the following Icons:
Contact: (202) 633-1000 | Distance: 2 Miles | Website
Paradise Springs Winery
OPEN DAILY. Tastings are available everyday up until 30 minutes before closing. No reservations are needed unless you are with a group of 8 or more. Located in the quaint town of Clifton, Virginia and bordering Bull Run River, Paradise Springs Winery and Vineyard is the closest winery to Washington DC and the first in Fairfax County. Serving as "The Gateway to Virginia Wine Country", the property features an 1800’s log cabin, which was renovated in 1955 by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. Tastings, tours, wine dinners, private events, and much more can be found at this intimate, family run, destination winery. Come experience the old world country nestled only a stone’s throw from Washington DC. 100% Virginia. Relaxation is always available........ Address: 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, VA 20124.
Contact: (703) 830-WINE | Distance: 20 miles | Website
The White House
Visit the official home and principal workplace of the President of United States of America. Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.
Contact: (202) 456-1414 | Distance: 2.7 miles | Website
The Winery at La Grange
Very rich in history and very rich in wine, the new Winery at La Grange opened September 2006 as Prince William County's only established winery. The red brick three and a half story La Grange manor house built in the 1790's has survived numerous owners and finally has come to rest with an unique group of investors brought together by Chris Pearmund. While the 5,500 newly planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines grow silently, the manor house is completely refurbished, new Winery building is ready and wine is aging. Address: 4970 Antioch Road, Haymarket, VA 20169.
Contact: (703) 753-9360 | Distance: 34 miles | Website
The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is one of the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government. Address: Capitol Hill at the east end of the Mall.
Contact: (202) 225-6827 | Distance: 3 miles | Website
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, located just moments from the nation's capital, and on the Washington DC Metro system, offers a world-class shopping experience. A scenic glass elevator ride to the Third Level reveals more than 170 appealing stores and restaurants including Macy's, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, Apple, Banana Republic, Guess, J. Crew, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Swarovski Crystal Gallery, and Victoria's Secret. The sky lit Food Court features international specialties from the familiar to the exotic. Address: 1100 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202.
Contact: (703) 415-2400 | Distance: 0 miles | Website
Reston Town Center
Discover shopping, dining, multiplex cinema, pavilion and ice rink in an ideal downtown setting with a beautiful Fountain Square and an open civic plaza which boasts the Mercury Fountain at its center.
Contact: (703) 4579-6270 | Distance: 17 miles | Website
The Mosaic District
Discover Washington DC’s most innovative retail & entertainment experience. Mosaic is elevating the community experience to a new standard by creating a vibrant, sophisticated environment that connects families and friends together. The unique experience is created through a hand-selected mix of retailers & restaurants, intelligent urban-design and our passion for enabling authentic community engagement. Mosaic brings all of these together to create Washington DC’s most innovative retail & entertainment community. Mosaic includes a hand-selected mix of DC's top independent fashion boutiques, inspired culinary options, healthy grocers, an art house cinema, and premier national retailers. Address: 2910 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031.
Contact: (703) 992-7765 | Distance: 9 miles | Website
The Shops at Fairfax Square
Indulge in the exquisite Shops at Fairfax Square just opposite Tysons Corner. Shop at upscale boutiques including Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Elizabeth Arden and more. Address: 8075 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182.
Contact: (703) 448-1830 | Distance: 14 miles | Website
Tysons Corner Center
Only minutes from the Nation’s capital, Tysons Corner Center is one of the premier shopping malls on the East Coast. At Tysons, you’ll discover an unbeatable mix of department and specialty stores – more than 290 in all.There’s Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Hecht’s, Lord & Taylor, L.L.Bean, and AMC Theatres. And while we’re dropping names, you’ll find Apple, Banana Republic, California Pizza Kitchen, Esprit, Sony Style, The North Face, Free People, Restoration Hardware, Kenneth Cole, The Disney Store, Brighton Collectibles, Skechers USA, and the list goes on and on. Address: 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102.
Enjoy a day of luxury at Tysons Galleria, Washington D.C.'s premier upscale shopping and dining experience. Tysons Galleria offers some of the world’s most luxurious retailers, such as Burberry, Cartier, Chanel and Versace, as well as a selection of boutiques, such as Lacoste, Thomas Pink, Eileen Fisher and Stuart Weitzman. We cater to customers that know the brands they want, such as Tommy Bahama, Lucky Brand Jeans, BCBG Max Azria and Cole Haan. In addition, Tysons Galleria encompasses the best of “mall” shopping with stores like Ann Taylor, Coach, J. Crew and Anthropologie.
Contact: (703) 827-7730 | Distance: 10 miles | Website
Burke Lake for Fishing and Boating
Burke Lake Park consists of 888 acres, featuring a 218-acre lake with fishing, boating, rowboat rental, campgrounds, a miniature train, a carousel, outdoor volleyball courts, an 18-hole par 3 golf course, disk golf, an ice cream parlor and snack bar, picnic areas with grills, playgrounds and a brand new miniature golf course. The new fishing pier is accessible to persons with disabilities. Privately owned boats with electric motors are permitted on the lake. No gasoline powered water-craft are permitted.Swimming and windsurfing are prohibited. Nominal fees are required for boat rentals, camping, carousel, train and other activities. Address: 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.
Contact: (703) 323-6601 | Distance: 15 miles | Website
Fort Hunt Park
Situated along the Potomac River, Fort Hunt Park was orginially part of George Washington estate. The orginial fort was built during the Spanish-American War as a defense fortification for the nation's capital. During World War II, the park served as an interrogation camp for captured German submarine crews. Today orginial batterys are still accessible to visitors. Address: George Washington Memorial Parkway, Alexandria, VA.
Contact: (703) 289-2550 | Distance: 10 miles | Website
George Washington Memorial Parkway
This is the “Road to Adventure” – originally designed as a grand gateway and greenway to the Nation’s Capital. Here, you can learn about the First President and the development of America. As an oasis amid urban development, the Parkway has a variety of park sites that provide opportunities for everything from quiet contemplation to nature exploration to active recreation. Address: Turkey Run Park, McLean, VA 22101.
Contact: (703) 289-2500 | Distance: 2 miles | Website
Great Falls National Park
At its Great Falls, the Potomac River plunges seventy-six feet through a deep gorge. In 1785, George Washington formed the Patowmack Company to built a canal and locks for navigation around the falls, to facilitate commerce to the Ohio country frontier. Some of the canal and a lock have been preserved and can be viewed. The ruins of Matildaville, a small eighteenth-century village associated with the hoped of commercial success of the canal, are also visible. Ruins are located in Great Falls Park which is owned and operated by the National Park Service. Admission is free, but there is a parking fee. The 800-acre park has views of the falls, 15 miles of hiking trails, and 5 miles of trails for horseback and biking, ranger guided walks and picnic facilities. Open: Open daily year round. Admission: Free. Address: Georgetown Pike and Old Dominion Drive, Great Falls, VA 22066.
Contact: (703) 285-2966 | Distance: 13 miles | Website
Huntley Meadows Park
Huntley Meadows lies in a wet lowland that was carved out by an ancient meander of the Potomac River. The resulting freshwater wetland is one of the rarest habitats left in Fairfax County. Located in in Fairfax County's Hybla Valley, Huntley Meadows Park is a rich, natural island in the suburban sea of Northern Virginia. Its 1,425 acres (the largest park in Fairfax County), harbor majestic forests, wildflower-speckled meadows and vast wetlands bursting with life. Address: 3701 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria, VA 22306.
Contact: (703) 768-2525 | Distance: 8 miles | Website
Jiffy Lube Live
Jiffy Lube Live, located in Bristow, Virginia is a popular outdoor live performance amphitheater that was opened in 1995 with a performance by The Village People. Formerly this amphitheatre was known as Nissan Pavilion or Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge. This amphitheatre is just 35 miles from Washington DC. The amphitheatre can seat 25,000 with 15,000 on the lawn and 10,000 in reserved seats. Owing to its seating capabilities, the amphitheatre is one of the largest music oriented performance venues in Washington Metropolitan Area.
The amphitheatre has played host to a variety of music artists in summers such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold, Judas Priest, Green day, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, Pearl Jam, Magadeth and more. The amphitheatre is also popular as it was the theater where the late saxophonist from the Dave Mathews Band, LeRoi Moore gave his last performance. Address: 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, VA 20136.
Contact: (703) 754-6400 | Distance: 29 miles | Website
Lake Fairfax is 476 acres of fun, including a 18-acre lake, The Water Mine, an outdoor swimming pool enveloped by a lazy river; fishing, a carousel, campgrounds, trails, playground and picnic areas. Nominal fees are charged for the Water Mine, marina, carousel, and camping. Swimming and windsurfing are prohibited in the lake. Address: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA 20190.
Contact: (703) 471-5415 | Distance: 16 miles | Website
Lowes Island Club
Lowes Island is the home of two championship golf courses created by legendary course designers Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills. The golf courses grace 465 rolling acres nestled along the peaceful and scenic Potomac River. Lowes Island offers seemingly limitless activities and social events year round. Address: 20391 Lowes Island Blvd. 20391 Lowes Island Blvd., Potomac Falls, VA 20165.
Contact: (703) 444-4801 | Distance: 20 miles | Website
Meadowlark Gardens Regional Park
Meadowlark Gardens Regional Park is one of the hidden treasures of Fairfax County. A picturesque gazebo and three sparkling lakes surrounded by weeping cherry trees and a profusion of colorful blooms are the centerpieces of this beautiful 95-acre garden park. Address: 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA 22182.
Contact: (703) 255-3631 | Distance: 13 miles | Website
Oak Marr Golf Course
Oak Marr Golf Course, acclaimed as one of the finest teaching facilities and the largest lighted short game practice area in Northern Virginia, includes not only the 9-hole par three golf course but also a lighted 78 station driving range with target greens and covered, heated tees. Private and group lessons are available year round. In addition, clinics, special events and an active junior program are offered. Park attractions right next door include a large indoor recreation center and miniature golf course. Address: 3200 Jermantown Road, Oakton, VA 22124.
Contact: (703) 255-5390 | Distance: 14 miles | Website
Located on the campus of Northern Virginia’s George Mason University, EagleBank Arena is a 10,000-seat arena that hosts Mason men's and women's basketball games, concerts, family shows and commencement ceremonies. Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Marc Anthony, Troye Sivan, Ricardo Arjona, Enrique Iglesias, the Harlem Globetrotters, WWE, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and Disney on Ice are only a few of the concerts and family shows that have performed at the arena over the past 31 years. Address: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Contact: (703) 993-3000 | Distance: 14 miles | Website
Penderbrook Golf Club
Penderbrook Golf Club is a picturesque 18-hole par 71 championship golf course located within the highly regarded Penderbrook Community. The course is open to the public and boasts some of the most challenging holes in the metro area. Club selection is a must as five of the holes require a well placed shot over lakes and ponds. Penderbrook Golf Club is professionally managed by Arnold Palmer Golf Management and over $1.5 million in improvements have been completed over the last 12 months. A full service pro shop and a beautiful restaurant "Traditions Cafe" round out this wonderful facility. Address: 3700 Golf Trail Lane, Fairfax, VA 22033.
Contact: (703) 385-3700 | Distance: 16 miles | Website
Pinecrest Golf Course
Nestled in the center of Annandale, Pinecrest Golf Course is a par 35, 9-hole executive course, measuring 2,462 yards. The challenging, narrow course dotted with hills and ponds creates a golfing environment suited for both novices and more serious players. Facilities include a full service clubhouse, pro shop and snack bar. Golf clubs, riding and pull carts are available for rent. Pinecrest features cart paths, a putting green, 10 driving cages and an indoor practice area. Group or individual golf lessons and golf outings may also be scheduled. The accessible course is open all year, weather permitting. Address: 6600 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Contact: (703) 941-1061 | Distance: 6 miles | Website
Reston National Golf Course
Reston National Golf Course is among Northern Virginia's favorite classic golf courses. Designed by the legendary Ed Ault and proudly managed by Virginia-based Billy Casper Golf, Reston National is a great place to learn, practice and play golf. At Reston National, there is as much fun to be had off the course as there is on the course. Whether you find yourself at the Clubhouse, the Golf Shop, or the Restaurant, you're sure to find something for the whole group. Address: 11875 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191.
Contact: (703) 620-9333 | Distance: 17 miles | Website
Tucked away in a remote river setting, Fairfax County Park Authority's only riverfront park has over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. Trails include a 2.5 mile portion of the Potomac Heritage Trail linking national and regional parkland. Kayakers and canoeists can enjoy exploring many islands in the Potomac River. Serious anglers and families can bring a boat or fish from the shady riverbank. Nature highlights include spectacular river views, beautiful wildflowers and birds. Park grounds are open from 7am to dusk, hours posted. Gates are locked at closing time.
Facilities include a visitor center with snack bar, gift shop, exhibits and riverside picnic area. The park also has a nature center which is available for rent call (703) 759-9018. The park's picnic shelter is available by reservation call (703) 324-8732. Address: 8700 Potomac Hills Street, Great Falls, VA 22066.
Contact: (703) 759-9018 | Distance: 15 miles | Website
Rock Creek Park
Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation’s capital. It offers visitors an opportunity to reflect and soothe their spirits through the beauty of nature. Fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and the ebb and flow of Rock Creek emanate the delicate aura of the forest. Address: 5200 Glover Rood NW, Washington, DC 20015.
Contact: (202) 895-6070 | Distance: 6.5 miles | Website
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
The National Zoological Park is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. The words 'National Zoo' represent a large, complex, and diverse organization with a multifaceted mission: demonstrate leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability. They are a 163-acre zoological park set amid Rock Creek Park in the heart of Washington, D.C. Open to the public 364 days a year, they are home to 2,000 individual animals of nearly 400 different species. Address: 3001 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20008.
Contact: (202) 633-4888 | Distance: 4.7 miles | Website
Stonewall Golf Club
Stonewall Golf Club at Lake Manassas is touted by national and regional golf publications as one of the finest upscale daily fee public golf clubs in Northern Virginia. Experience this challenging Tom Jackson-designed, 18-hole championship golf course that's filled with history and excitement. The course gains its namesake from Confederate Brigadier General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, long considered one of the South's greatest warriors and incorporates the famed "Carolina Trail" that was used to shift troops during the Civil War. While the surrounding Bull Run Mountains and stunning Lake Manassas provide dramatic and breathtaking views throughout your golf experience.
America's Best Public Access Courses by State (Top 10 in Virginia), Golfweek, 2005 & 2006
Best Places To Play 4.5 Stars, Golf Digest, 2007
Nominated Best New Courses in America, Golf Digest, January 2002
Top Public Courses You Can Play, Golf Magazine, March 2002 & 2003
Top 50 Courses for Women, Golf for Women, June 2005 & 2006
Address: 15601 Turtle Point Dr., Gainesville, VA 20155
Contact: (703) 753-5101 | Distance: 32 miles | Website
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is 184.5 miles of adventure. Originally, theC&O Canal was a lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, grain and other agricultural products floated down the canal to market. Today millions of visitors hike or bike the C&O Canal each year to enjoy the natural, cultural and recreational opportunities available. Walk, run, bike or roller blade on a beautiful trail on the scenic Potomac River.
Address: The Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007.
Contact: (202) 653-5190 | Distance: 3 miles | Website
The Reston Zoo
Take an Adventure Ride! Hop on board and take a narrated tour through a free roaming safari. Feed and learn about animals such as antelope, zebra, buffalo, watusi, ostrich, camels, and many more! Barnyard Fun! Enjoy feeding and petting sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits and many more barnyard favorites! Bottle feed little lambs, goats and piglets. Scales & Tails: Get eye to eye with colossal snakes, friendly frogs, turtles, baby alligators and even a spider or two when you visit the Reptile House. Experience a Budgie Adventure! Walk into the special free flight aviary and let the adventure begin! You can feed these gentle, colorful birds as they land on your feed stick or perch on your hand. Introduce your little cowboy or cowgirl to our petite ponies with an old-fashioned pony ride. Pony rides are offered daily starting at 10:30 AM. Riders must be under 65 pounds, no taller than 48 inches and able to hold onto a saddle by themselves.
Contact: (703) 757-6222 | Distance: 16 miles | Website
CAPITAL ONE ARENA
Home to the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas’s Men’s Basketball Team, the arena averages 220 events a year. The 20,000-seat arena offers world-class sporting events, concerts, family shows, trade shows and special events. It’s located in the Chinatown/Penn Quarter neighborhood. Address: 601 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.
Contact: (202) 628-3200 | Distance: 3.2 miles | Website
The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park
The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park is one of the longest parks in Virginia. It stretches the entire length of Fairfax County, along the former roadbed of the W&OD Railroad. Whether you walk it, run it, bike it or ride it on horseback, you can be sure to enjoy the scenic views all around. Address: 21293 Smiths Switch Road, Ashburn, VA 21047.
Contact: (703) 729-0596 | Distance: 24 miles | Website
The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole
The Water Mine Family Swimmin' Hole offers more than an acre of slides, flumes, sprays, showers, floatables and interactive play features, circled by Rattlesnake River with a 2.5 mile per hour current that gently nudges tubes along. A bit of the old west is recreated here. Kids careen off covered wagons, float on rattlesnakes and dash through showers tipped from water-filled ore carts. The centerpiece is Pete's Peak, a craggy mountain dotted with boarded up mine shafts and tunnels. Twin gang slides - Big Pete and Little Pete - jut from the mountain, giving youngsters a thrill ride they'll return to again...and again...and again. Address: Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive, Reston, VA 20190.
Contact: (703) 471-5415 | Distance: 16 miles | Website
Westfields Golf Club
At Westfields Golf Club, Fred Couples has built a course that is, at once, fun and accessible for the novice, while challenging and thought-provoking for the experienced golfer. Fred's professional play on hundreds of courses around the world coupled with his experience in countless tournaments and team competitions have given him exceptional insight into course design. It is perfectly exhibited at Westfields.
Yet, what sets Westfields apart from other golf clubs is not only its exceptional playability, but the interest it takes in the traditional elements of the game. Carved through natural wetlands, rolling hills, and majestic beech and oak trees, Westfields offers golfers a setting that is free from distraction. No residences line its links, creating a course that is truly a golfers dream.
All of this, together with the kind of service typically found only in private clubs, makes Westfields a place where golf enthusiasts can always enjoy a great round of golf.
Address: 13940 Balmoral Greens Avenue, Clifton, Virginia 20124
Contact: (703) 631-3300 | Distance: 20 miles | Website