Fairfax, VA

Travel Guide
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Discover American Civil War sites, historic buildings, shopping districts and a schedule of vibrant festivals at this independent city within Fairfax County.

Get ready to mix history with entertainment and recreation in the city of Fairfax. Explore Civil War heritage sites and visit architecturally impressive buildings. Shop at modern malls and attend festivals aimed at everyone from art lovers to chocolate fanatics. Fairfax sits in northern Virginia and dates back to the 1700s, when it was established by migrating farmers.

Today, the city’s beating heart is the downtown district called Old Town Fairfax. Start your visit at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center. Browse the exhibitions that retrace the city’s history and pick up information about significant landmarks. Buy a ticket to go on a guided walking tour of the Old Town held on the second Saturday of the month from May to September. Alternatively, use the free self-guided walking tour brochure available from the visitor center.

Go to Old Town Square and check out the Old Town Hall, inaugurated in 1900 and distinguishable by its classical revival-style façade. Nearby is the early 19th-century Fairfax Courthouse, which operated as Civil War military headquarters. Learn about the activities of Main Street during the 19th and 20th centuries at Ratcliffe-Allison House.

Spend an afternoon browsing the boutiques and relaxing at the sidewalk cafés of Old Town Plaza. Dine at downtown restaurants that range from well-known chains to Asian cuisine, steakhouses and wine bars.

Time your visit to coincide with the city’s eclectic cultural events. Chocoholics will rejoice at the Chocolate Lovers Festival while book lovers will appreciate the Fall for the Book Festival. Experience Irish traditions at September’s Irish Folk Festival. Attend free music shows during the Summer Concert Series and Rock the Block.

Be sure to visit attractions outside of the city center. Follow in the footsteps of American Civil War soldiers at Historic Blenheim and Civil War Interpretive Center. See a through-the-ages exhibition of firearms at the National Firearms Museum. Enjoy shaded walks in Daniels Run Park and Van Dyck Park.

Fairfax is about a 45-minute drive from Downtown Washington D.C. Get here by taking the metro to Vienna-GMU Station and then catch a bus from there. Several free parking lots are available to those arriving by car.

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks
3 out of 5
11191 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA
The price is $84 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Situated in Fairfax, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from National Firearms Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of George Mason University and Ox Hill Battlefield Park. ...
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SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fairfax Fair Oaks
Hilton Fairfax
Hilton Fairfax
3.5 out of 5
12777 Fair Lakes Cir, Fairfax, VA
The price is $105 per night from Nov 12 to Nov 12
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ox Hill Battlefield Park, Fair Oaks Mall, and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. Fair Oaks Hospital and ...
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Hilton Fairfax
Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
4 out of 5
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA
The price is $98 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fair Oaks Mall and Ox Hill Battlefield Park. National Firearms Museum and Ratcliffe-Allison ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
"great"

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Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Renovated  Basement space, Close to D.C ,with SWIMMING POOL
Renovated Basement space, Close to D.C ,with SWIMMING POOL
Fairfax, VA
The price is $199 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in the heart of Fairfax, this vacation home is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Inova Fairfax Hospital and within 6 mi (10 km) of George Mason University and Mosaic ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
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Renovated Basement space, Close to D.C ,with SWIMMING POOL
Luxury Villa for Long Term - A3
Luxury Villa for Long Term - A3
Fairfax, VA
The price is $220 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 16
Situated in Fairfax, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Inova Fairfax Hospital and Mosaic District. Eden Center and Tysons Galleria are also within 6 mi (10 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
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Luxury Villa for Long Term - A3
Spacious 1 BR Modern Basement Suite near GMU w/private entry - Updated Amenities
Spacious 1 BR Modern Basement Suite near GMU w/private entry - Updated Amenities
Fairfax, VA
This family-friendly Fairfax vacation home is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of George Mason University and EagleBank Arena. Fair Oaks Mall ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great Private Basement
"Burke & Sarah's place was a great place to stay for our trip up to DC. The space was clean and private...just what we were looking for."

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Spacious 1 BR Modern Basement Suite near GMU w/private entry - Updated Amenities
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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