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Whether you consider yourself a foodie, fashion guru or history buff, you’ll find plenty to experience in and around Northern Virginia. While activities vary depending on what time of year you visit, Northern Virginia has many attractions year-round, especially when you include nearby Washington, D.C. These are the best activities in Northern Virginia according to Forbes Travel Guide editors:
1. Experience the Wolf Trap summer concert series. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs and pack a picnic while enjoying hillside performances of some of your favorite musical acts and theater performances for just $20 to $30. Operated in conjunction with the National Park Service, it’s hard to believe this breathtaking outdoor venue — located near Vienna — is just 20 minutes from the capital.
2. Hit the Loudoun County wine trails. When it comes to experiencing fine wine on the East Coast, Loudoun County is a destination that can’t be surpassed. Boutique wineries are scattered along winding roads through rolling hills, making the views just as memorable as the wines. Loudoun’s 30-plus wineries have been divided into five scenic driving areas, so we highly suggest making a weekend of exploring the area if you have the time.
3. Go shopping in downtown Leesburg. Leesburg isn’t just one of the most historical small towns in the U.S. — it’s also packed with a number of charming boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and specialty shops, making it very easy to lose yourself for a few hours.
4. Enjoy a Fall Festival. Autumn is the most visually pleasing season in Northern Virginia. It makes a perfect time to visit pumpkin patches and apple orchards for some fall fun of all ages. Located in Centreville, Virginia, Cox Farms hosts autumn activities from late September through October. The 90-acre farm is a great place to spend a day enjoying hayrides, rope swings, farm animals, five giant slides, along with food and entertainment options,
5. Visit Alexandria, Virginia. This historic town is one of Northern Virginia’s most popular destinations, and it’s easy to see why. Spend a day getting to know this charming town with a cruise on the Potomac River, horse drawn carriage ride or historic walking tour. Attractions include the Torpedo Factory Center, the Alexandria Black History Museum and the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum.