The Virginia Handbook
by Blair Howard, Mary Burnham, & W. Burnham Jr. (Hunter Publishing)
Once a farming community serving the nation’s capital, Fairfax County has evolved into a major business center and one of the most desirable residential communities in the metro Washington area. Tysons Corner, the county’s downtown, has more office space than the central business districts of Houston, Cincinnati, Miami, or San Diego, and has one of the largest concentrations of retail shopping space in the nation. Visitors to Fairfax County will enjoy a broad spectrum of communities, from the preserved turn-of-the century town of Clifton to the lakes and golf courses in the planned community of Reston. More than 30,000 acres of park land and numerous recreational facilities beckon visitors. Over 100 miles of back-country trails are available for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Tourists can travel back in time by visiting one or more of the county’s many historical landmarks, including Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington, and Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason. World-class entertainment is presented year-round at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts and the George Mason University Center for the Arts. Programs presented by local performing arts and symphony groups are found in the communities throughout the county. This eTrail provides detailed information on sights, events, entertainment, shopping, dining, accommodations, and transportation in this area of Virginia.
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