Stafford County has some great cities and towns surrounding it.
As if Stafford County didn’t offer enough on its own, there’s plenty of very special, very unique cities and towns close just outside our borders. They offer even more experiences tourists won’t find anywhere else in Northern Virginia (NoVa) or, frankly, anywhere in the country. We encourage you to check them out.
Named a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler and one of the South’s Prettiest Cities by Southern Living (among many, many other awards) Alexandria, VA hums with a cosmo feel and walkable lifestyle. “Old Town” Alexandria isn’t just gorgeous, it’s home to more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques.
Looking for convenience and value near the nation’s capital? Arlington sits just across the Potomac River from D.C. and is full of lively neighborhoods, American treasures, car-free fun, and tons of dining and shopping. And you can choose from more than 40 hotels with rates averaging 20% lower than downtown D.C.
Sitting on the falls of the Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg is an ideal spot for history lovers. It has become a vital stop for myriad Civil War history tours. Today’s Fredericksburg has preserved its memories well. It’s large downtown historic district is dotted with Colonial structures and reminders of those who lived, worked, and fought here, while a National Park interprets the battles, and the city still shows its glories and its scars.
Situated in the heart of Northern Virginia, Fairfax County draws visitors from all over the world seeking to explore its unique visitor experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. From history to arts to museums and more, these one-of-a-kind attractions will delight the whole family. Fairfax is home to America’s most visited historic estate, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
Steeped in equestrian tradition, and surrounded by wineries and vineyards, today Fauquier County is known for its horse farms, wineries, and beautiful rolling land at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dating back to the 17th century and the beginnings of our country, the area was listed in 1608 as part of the Northern Neck of the Colony of Virginia by Captain John Smith, explorer and leader of the Jamestowne Colony.
Loudoun, VA is an exquisite culinary and heritage destination just 25 miles from Washington, D.C. boasting more than 40 award-winning wineries and tasting rooms, 25+ craft breweries, as well as farm-to-table dining, country inns, bed and breakfasts, and more! Experience scenic vistas, deep American heritage, and charming small towns such as Leesburg and Middleburg, the capital of Virginia horse country.
Nestled 30 miles from D.C., Prince William, VA gives visitors the opportunity to be Close to DC, yet enjoy major attractions such as Jiffy Lube Live, Manassas National Battlefield Park, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and shopping favorites. It also boasts the largest collection of trails, open space, and parks in Northern Virginia and is ideal for the outdoor adventure enthusiast.
Midway between Washington, D.C, and Richmond, VA, Spotsylvania is a picturesque county known for being as unique as its name. Visitors can experience an unusually harmonious blend of rural landscapes and energetic activity. This is a place to escape the demands of daily life and explore a different vacation experience.
Washington, D.C. day trips and vacations are on everyone’s to-do list at some point.You’ll find plenty of museums to visit including the exceptional Smithsonian museums, cultural events, dozens of monuments and memorials dedicated to legendary American leaders and other great things to do. There’s something to experience all year round—even late autumn and winter provide great opportunities to explore, learn, and have an amazing time in our nation’s capital.