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While an all-day excursion to nearby Washington, D.C. might be an obvious choice for a full day of fun, there are plenty of other options for day trips in Northern Virginia that don’t require leaving the state.
For the most quintessential Northern Virginia experience, spend the day in Fairfax County. The area is home to a number of notable attractions, like George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and Great Falls National Park — plus an abundance of museums, quaint shopping venues and dining options.
As the county seat of the picturesque Loudoun County, Leesburg, Virginia, is a favorite shopping destination for city-dwellers seeking a unique and artisanal retail experience.. Cobblestoned blocks are populated with droves of quaint shops and boutiques, perfect for a leisurely day of strolling through one of America’s most beloved small towns. In addition to being a historically significant destination —The Civil War’s Battle of Leesburg happened here — the town and its surrounding area is also part of Loudoun County’s scenic wine country, worthy of at least an afternoon of your time. In fact, Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest spending an entire weekend if you have the time!