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Fairfax County is a suburb of Washington, DC, in Virginia. It often trades places with next-door neighbor Loudoun County as the nation's wealthiest county.

Cities[edit]

Map of Fairfax County

In Virginia incorporated cities are politically completely independent of their counties. County law does not apply in incorporated cities (but may apply in incorporated towns); the only local law in incorporated cities is city law.

Inside the Beltway[edit]

  • 1 Annandale Home to DC's "Koreatown" and some of the best Korean food you'll ever have outside of Korea.
  • 2 McLean CIA Headquarters amidst a sea of McMansions and Republican congressmen.
  • 3 Springfield "All roads lead to Springfield" — Not a fabulous destination—more of an urban/suburban mess—but there are still some really great Asian and Latino restaurants sprinkled throughout all the strip malls. Has land on both sides of the Beltway.

Outside the Beltway[edit]

  • 4 Fairfax — the county seat of Fairfax has a lovely small town-seeming downtown.
  • 5 Burke
  • 6 Centreville and Clifton
  • 7 Chantilly
  • 8 Great Falls
  • 9 Herndon
  • 10 Lorton Home of the Amtrak Auto Train which carries passengers and automobiles to and from Florida.
  • 11 Reston The country's first modern planned city. Its founding in 1964 was the start of the modern Planned City movement, resparking the "New Town" concept.
  • 12 Sterling
  • 13 Vienna — Sachertortes, great beer, mountain scenery, skiing, lederhosen, the waltz—wait, just kidding! But it's home to the big Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, and is right next to Tysons Corner Mall.
  • 14 South Alexandria — Despite the name, not part of the City of Alexandria. Mainly known for a commercial corridor along U.S. 1, but has some hidden gems.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

For more information on these airports, and on getting into Fairfax County by plane, see the "Get in" section of Washington DC.

By car[edit]

  • From Washington, DC go South on I-395 or I-66. Or cross on Memorial Bridge, Key Bridge, or Chain Bridge, to the George Washington Parkway. Or take I-295 South to I-95 South/I-495 West, and cross the Wilson Bridge.
  • From the Northeast including Southeast Washington DC, Prince George's County, and Baltimore: take I-95 South/I-495 West, across the Wilson Bridge. Or, take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295) South, connect to I-95 South/I-495 West, and cross the Wilson Bridge.
  • From the Northwest (Montgomery County, MD) take I-495 South, across the Legion Bridge.
  • From the South (Richmond, VA) take I-95 North.
  • From the West take I-66 East.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

  • The National Capital area (including Fairfax County) is the 9th largest metropolitan area in the U.S., but has the 5th worst traffic congestion in the U.S. [1]
  • Both I-95 and U.S. Route 1 pass through Fairfax County, on their way from Maine to Florida.
  • I-95, the major North-South Interstate on the East Coast, joins the I-495 Beltway to points South, at the Springfield Interchange (a.k.a. the Mixing Bowl).
  • The Southwestern portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) runs through Fairfax County. The Legion Bridge connects to Montgomery County, MD, in the North. The Wilson Bridge connects to Southeast Washington, DC, and Prince George's County, MD, to the East.
  • I-395 runs from the Springfield Interchange Northeast to Washington, DC.
  • I-66 runs from the West to Washington, DC.
  • U.S. Route 1, the original North-South highway on the East Coast, runs due North through Alexandria and Arlington to Washington, DC, and South to Prince William County, VA, passing through downtown shopping districts all the way.
  • U.S. Route 50, the original East-West transcontinental highway, passes through Fairfax County on its way from California to Maryland. It joins I-66 to cross into Washington, DC, on the Roosevelt Bridge.
  • Fairfax County Parkway is a North-South highway, West of the Beltway.
  • Inside the Beltway, major streets move in seemingly random directions, with heavy stop and go traffic. It may seem as though they're all named Chain Bridge, Lee, and/or Jackson!

See[edit]

The Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is a performing arts center in Vienna.

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center - National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly houses many air/spacecraft, including the SR-71 "Blackbird" spy plane, the Concorde supersonic jet and the space shuttle "Enterprise".

Do[edit]

Biking and walking[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Washington, D.C. is just across the Potomac River, featuring the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian Institution, White House, US Capitol Building, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress.
  • 1 Alexandria While bigger than just its historic center, Old Town Alexandria is a great tourist destination for shopping, dining, boating, and colonial history. It has a beautiful historic district on King St, by its port on the Potomac.
  • 2 Arlington Popularly thought of as southwest D.C. (which it historically was). Officially a county, but if counted as a city (which it basically is): It would be the fourth-largest city in the state, ahead of Richmond, and potentially first in cultural vibrancy. Features the Pentagon, and Arlington National Cemetery.
  • 3 Falls Church — Vietnamese and Cantonese dining par excellence.
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