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Fairfax County and Northern Virginia are full of beautiful parks, interesting history, and unique areas to explore. Parks of every size—from Great Falls National Park, to Mason Neck State Park, to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens regional park, to the Fairfax Cross County Trail—combine nature and history offering residents and visitors opportunities to discover, learn, and enjoy.

Downtown Fredericksburg Virginia

8 Great Things to Do on a Fredericksburg Virginia Day Trip

Rich history combines with modern shopping, dining, and drink to make Fredericksburg Virginia a fun and relaxing day trip just an hour’s drive from Washington DC. The walkable downtown is a National Historic Site, filled with Colonial and Civil War sites, but the vibe is also modern, with shops galleries, and chef-owned restaurants lining the streets. […]

Bluebells at Riverbend Park Virginia Apr 11 2016

Spring Bucket List: 30 Fun Outings in Virginia DC and Maryland

Our spring bucket list will inspire a whole season of fun outings for every age and ability in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. Whether you are active or relaxed, adults only or family focused, we’ve got ideas for you. Just click the links for details on each destination, and check them off as you go. Spring Bucket List: Gardens and […]

Riverbend view Great Falls

10 Great Falls Park Alternatives When Entry Lines Are Long

Here are 10 Great Falls Park alternatives worth visiting when park entry lines back up with crowds clamoring for scenery, picnic spots, and time with friends and family. You will not enjoy the same dramatic waterfall overlooks at these alternate destinations, but you will enjoy beautiful nature and hopefully, much less time in your car. Our 10 Great Falls […]

Bootlegger Trail Riverbend Park

Woodland Loop Hike in Riverbend Park Virginia

This 2.5 mile woodland loop hike follows shady dirt paths to the Potomac River, returning through hollows and upland forest at Riverbend Regional Park in Great Falls, Virginia. The wooded trails offer a nice alternative to the busiest sections of the Potomac Heritage Trail, while still including a stretch of river views.   Like most visitors to Riverbend, we generally drive […]

Kwanzan cherry blossoms Frying Pan Park Virginia

Visit Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Visit cherry blossoms in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia with our list of popular and hidden bloom destinations, plus tips and websites to help you plan your visit. The Washington DC Tidal Basin is lovely, but it’s not the only option for enjoying the return of spring beauty to the area. There are several other delightful spots to visit cherry blossoms when you want […]

Geroge Washington bust, Masonic Memorial

President’s Day Weekend Fun in and Near Northern Virginia

The long President’s Day weekend adds a boost of extra fun to a sometimes bleak month, and provides an opportunity to explore new destinations in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. We’ve rounded up presidential destinations and special events that offer fun for all ages over the three-day weekend. Every three day weekend is a chance to discover a new […]

Huntley Meadows

20 Must See Northern Virginia Hidden Gems Rich in Nature and History

These Northern Virginia hidden gems deliver beautiful nature, fascinating history, or both, at lesser-known destinations perfect for a locals outing or a day trip for Washington DC visitors. After 20 years in Northern Virginia we are still surprised by the incredible diversity of places to visit and things to do in our region. Popular spots like Great Falls Park and Shenandoah National Park […]

Virginia LOVEworks

Celebrate Romance and Family Fun at Virginia LOVEworks

Capture memories at 48 Virginia LOVEworks sprinkled throughout the state, perfect for a happy photo, whether you’re celebrating a romantic moment, group outing, or family fun. LOVEworks are a fun travel destination to include in a Virginia road trip or weekend getaway, offering the perfect photo op as you explore a new area. Where to Find Virginia LOVEworks […]

Fountain Lake Anne Plaza Reston

Reston Town Center Alternatives: Shop Dine and Play with Free Parking

Reston Town Center alternatives include neighborhoods, mixed-use communities, and small towns that welcome visitors with fun places to shop, dine, and play and plenty of easy, free parking. We need alternatives now that Boston Properties, the owner of Reston Town Center, has enacted inconvenient and expensive paid parking at RTC.   We’ll still visit RTC when parking is free during weekends and special […]