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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.

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Northern Virginia Staycation at the Redefined Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner

Snuggle in to the redefined Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner for a Northern Virginia staycation surrounded by comfortable luxury. The beautiful spaces welcome and relax, while the staff and services make you feel like pampered royalty.   We last visited the hotel for business meetings years ago, so we were excited to experience the redefined Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner on an overnight staycation. Celebrating […]

View from Marys Rock north Shenandoah NP

Shenandoah National Park Day Trip Planner: Things to Do in the Central District

A Shenandoah National Park day trip makes a beautiful outing from Northern Virginia and Washington DC, whether you crave a leisurely scenic drive or an active hiking expedition. We’ve rounded up tips on what to do both in the park’s Central District and along the trip, perfect for an outing to Virginia’s dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains.   […]

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, Great Falls Virginia

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 […]