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Herndon[dead link] is a town in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C..


Originally part of the rural surroundings of the Washington, D.C. area, the town of Herndon developed into a hub of dairy farming and vacationing for area residents, aided by its presence along the W&OD Railroad. The town is known for the location of a famous civil war cavalry raid by Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby and its Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Herndon is the sister city of Runnymede, England.

The primary reasons that people travel to Herndon are for business purposes, or on an overnight stay before a flight from Washington Dulles International Airport.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Herndon is a 10-minute drive from Dulles International Airport. A taxi from the airport costs roughly $16. However, almost all hotels in Herndon offer free shuttle bus services to/from the airport.

By car[edit]

There are no interstate or US highways through Herndon. The primary arteries in and out are the following state highways:

  • VA-267 - (Dulles Toll Road, Dulles Access Road, Dulles Greenway) This toll road runs East-West from Leesburg to Falls Church. It feeds into I-66 and I-495 at its east end and US-15 at its west end. There is a spur that runs to Dulles International Airport. The road is one of the fastest ways to get around during off hours and weekend, but should be avoided during rush hour as it suffers from stand still traffic at these times.
  • VA-28 - This highway runs north and south from VA-7 in the north to US-15/US-29 in the south. Like VA-267 this is one of the major arteries for Northern Virginia and is a fast way to get around but becomes very congested during rush hour.
  • SR-606 - This is a secondary state road but is still a major artery. It runs right through the historic district as Elden St. and connects to both VA-267 and VA-28 in the west and VA-7 in the east bound direction.

By train[edit]


Herndon is served by the Herndon and Innovation Center Metrorail Stations, and the Reston Town Center station is also nearby. All three stations are on the Silver Line.

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

A car is the best way to get around Herndon.

By bus[edit]

Fairfax Connector operates bus service around Herndon and between Herndon and Reston, with further connections to Washington D.C. via the Metrorail.


  • 1 Herndon Historical Society & Train Depot Museum, 717 Lynn Street (Next to the old town hall at the intersection of Elden Street and Lynn Street). 9AM-5PM. Houses railroad memorabilia, information on Commander William Lewis Herndon, after whom the town was named; and artifacts from local residents. The building dates back to the 1850s and served as a train station until 1968. The building also houses the Herndon Visitors Center with information on the town and surrounding areas, restaurants, hotels and historical sights.
  • 2 Herndon Old Town Hall, Station St. The historic town hall.




Herndon has many parks [dead link] and playgrounds with picnic areas and forest trails. The W&OD Trail [dead link] runs through Herndon, and caters to bikers, runners, and casual strollers.

Festivals and events[edit]

The following events and festivals are held in Herndon's Historic District:


  • 1 Roaches In the Attic, 697 Spring St # C, +1 703 787-0628. Cute little antique store. A few gems but mostly lots of old crystal, lamps, and china flat wear.



  • 1 [formerly dead link] O'Sullivans Irish Pub, 754 Elden St #102, +1 703 464-0522. Traditional Irish pub with both Irish and American pub foods. Live entertainment on most nights.
  • 2 Carpool, 208 Elden St #100 (located next to the Comfort Inn). Auto-themed sports bar with pool tables, shuffleboard, dart boards, foosball, and large screen TVs.
  • 3 Bar Louie, 13195 Parcher Ave, +1 703 667-9001. Upbeat grill chain with American grub, martinis & microbrews, plus happy-hour deals. Their boneless buffalo wings are pretty good snack with a couple of beers.
  • 4 Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, 697 Spring St, +1 703 435-5467. Locals gather in cozy vintage tavern for drinks, pool & pub grub. Outpost for Buffalo sports fans.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Herndon
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