Northern Virginia

Virginia’s Cultural Region

Home to an energetic mix of history, culture, dining and shopping, Virginia’s Cultural Region brings together five destinations for a vacation experience like no other.

Brews and Biking

Virginia’s Cultural Region is known for quality wine, but it is quickly also becoming one of the hottest areas for craft beer, with more than 35 breweries including the ‘Best Small Brewing Company in the U.S.’, Port City Brewing Co. From quaint breweries in historic buildings to farm breweries growing their own hops and hoppin’ brewpubs, it’s a great way to experience the flavor of the region. If you would prefer to work off the calories before drinking them in, hop on your bike and explore the string of breweries that are along the Washington & Old Dominion and Mount Vernon Trails that span almost 100 miles throughout the region. Bring your own two wheels or rent one from Bike and Roll or from the Capital Bikeshare program.

Attractions:

  • More than 35 breweries (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William/Manassas)
  • ‘Best Small Brewing Company in the U.S.’, Port City Brewing Co., ft. Pedals and Pints bike ride (Alexandria)
  • Bad Wolf Brewing and Heritage Brewery (Prince William/Manassas)
  • Sehkraft Brewing and New District Brewing (Arlington)
  • LoCo Ale Trail featuring 17 breweries (Loudoun)
  • Caboose Brewing Co and the Lorton Beer Trail (Fairfax)
  • Bike and Roll bike rentals (Alexandria)
  • Capital Bikeshare (Arlington, Alexandria, coming soon to Fairfax)
  • Washington & Old Dominion Trail (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun)
  • Mount Vernon Trail along the Potomac River with views of Washington, DC monuments and springtime Cherry Blossoms (Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax)

Divine Wine and a Trip Through Time

Pair a crisp Viognier with a trip back in time to George Washington’s home, or try a flavorful Norton with the stories of the American Civil War. Virginia’s Cultural Region will take you on a journey through American history and the craft of winemaking. Sample a great wine and cheese plate just steps from national historical treasures. Choose from the picturesque vineyards of more than 40 wineries featuring everything from Cabernet to Chambourcin and choose from dozens of historic sites that helped shape the U.S. as it is today.

Attractions:

  • More than 40 Wineries (Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William/Manassas)
  • Quirky wine bars (Arlington, Alexandria)
  • Arlington National Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns (Arlington)
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park (Prince William/Manassas) and The Winery at Bull Run (Fairfax)
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Fairfax)
  • Morven Park (Loudoun)

Historical Hotspots

Immerse yourself in the rich American history that permeates Virginia’s Cultural Region. Get to know America’s first president at George Washington’s Mount Vernon or see where he interacted politically at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. If American Civil War is of interest, visit Manassas National Battlefield Park, the site of the first major battle of the war. Pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and the nearby National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. Homes of great architectural significance like Morven Park in Leesburg can also be found throughout the region. Sample a great wine or craft beer just steps from national historical treasures.

Attractions:

  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Fairfax)
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park (Prince William/Manassas)
  • Morven Park (Loudoun)
  • Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington)
  • Gadsby’s Tavern Museum (Alexandria)
  • Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (Fairfax)

Cuisine and Couture

The Northern Virginia region has been referred to as the “hip and cosmopolitan side of Virginia,” boasting crave-worthy cuisine and chic shopping. Indulge in locally sourced dishes at award-winning restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world, as well as artisanal goodies ranging from chocolates and local cheeses to local coffee and spirits. The region also has some of the best shopping in the country. You’ll find everything from antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries in historic towns, to 400+ stores and restaurants plus high-end luxury retail in Tysons Corner – home to the “Rodeo Drive of the East Coast.” There are also two outlet malls located in the region for those looking to grab bargains.

Attractions:

  • Artisan Confections (Arlington)
  • Cheesetique (Arlington, Alexandria)
  • King Street shops and restaurants (Alexandria)
  • Antique shopping in Leesburg (Loudoun)
  • Tysons Corner Center and luxury shopping at Tysons Galleria (Fairfax)
  • Art galleries in Historic Occoquan (Prince William/Manassas)
  • Outlet malls (Prince William/Manassas, Loudoun) 

Charming Downtown Districts

Soak up the small town charm of Northern Virginia’s downtown districts. Stroll bustling King Street in Old Town Alexandria, within eyesight of Washington, DC on the Potomac River waterfront for dining, boutiques and galleries. In nearby Arlington, the stylish Village of Shirlington features a European-style promenade with outdoor dining, fun night spots and eclectic art-house movies. Visit Historic Downtown Manassas for a family-owned craft beer brewery, shops and museums. Historic Downtown Leesburg boasts antiques dealers, art galleries and other specialty shops. And visit the charming small town of Historic Clifton, where you can dine at destination restaurants or visit Fairfax County’s first winery, shop antique stores, and end your day with homemade custard.

Attractions:

  • King Street/Old Town (Alexandria)
  • Village of Shirlington (Arlington)
  • Historic Downtown Manassas (Prince William/Manassas)
  • Historic Downtown Leesburg (Loudoun)
  • Historic Clifton (Fairfax)

Unforgettable Arts and Culture

Northern Virginia is a travelers’ cultural paradise. Tap in to the arts scene with unexpected visual arts centers – including a former torpedo factory, a candy factory, and even an historic former prison. Experience world-class theater and performances at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre or enjoy a show under the stars at Wolf Trap, the only National Park dedicated to the Performing Arts. Discover independent art galleries tucked inside historic buildings along picturesque streetscapes.

Attractions:

  • Signature Theatre (Arlington)
  • Iota Club & Café (Arlington)
  • Torpedo Factory Art Center (Alexandria)
  • Birchmere Music Hall (Alexandria)
  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts (Fairfax)
  • Workhouse Arts Center (Fairfax)
  • Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory (Prince William/Manassas)
  • Tally Ho (Loudoun)
  • Cooley Gallery (Loudoun) 

WEBSITE

www.Virginia.org/VirginiasCulturalRegion