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Planning Your Trip

A trip to northern Virginia could be for business, sightseeing, outdoor adventure, or all three. Depending on your agenda and whether you're planning a weekend getaway or extended stay, you’ll want to make sure you pack a few essentials.

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What to Pack

Rainfall in Tysons Corner is above the national average. Pack a small umbrella and raincoat in case you’re in town during a wet week. Add in a pair of rain boots if your trip falls during winter.  

Exploring the City

Tysons Corner is small enough to get around on foot. To take advantage of the area’s offerings, opt for comfortable basics.

  • Sneakers and flat boots or sandals (depending on the season) will ensure you’re able to cover enough ground at Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria.

  • If you decide to catch a movie, bring a sweater to stay warm in the theater.

  • For the more upscale restaurants in town, clean-cut jeans and button-down shirts or blouses are a safe and easy bet.
Weekend Getaway

A weekend trip to Tysons Corner is a great opportunity to explore northern Virginia. You can visit a few wineries nearby, explore the Old Town of Alexandria, or get your nature fix at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens or Great Falls Park.

  • Pack hiking shoes and protective, sporty clothing to hike and kayak in Great Falls Park.

  • Jeans and cozy sweaters make for good autumn and early spring outfits.

  • Stay cool in summer with breezy, lightweight fabrics and simple sandals.

  • Winters are cold and often snowy — be prepared with water-resistant boots and plenty of cozy accessories.
Day Trips

Whether you’re going to spend a day visiting the landmarks of Washington, D.C., or honoring America’s first president at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, don’t forget the essentials.

  • Bring an easy-to-carry tote or backpack to fit anything you might need throughout the day: sunscreen, camera, sunglasses, etc.

  • Pack multiple layers to account for air-conditioned places, particularly during humid summers.

  • Should there be downtime between your visits (say, while waiting on the ticket line), pack a book or any other diversion.  
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What to Reserve

Historical sights, major museums and attractions, spa treatments, and a coveted table at the best restaurants are among the most popular experiences in northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Here are a few you should reserve before your weekend getaway.

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Northern Virginia is the perfect getaway for couples and families, and the experts of this Tysons Corner hotel have crafted itineraries highlighting the best the area has to offer. From luxury shopping and spa treatments to beautiful hikes and historical landmarks, here’s what not to miss.