With its large population and close proximity to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia has many areas nearly as urban as the capital city. And make no mistake, we love our trendy retail zones, chef-driven restaurants and world-class performing arts—all on this side of the Potomac River. But we also relish the open spaces that provide a much-needed counterpoint to fast-paced modern life.
Luckily there’s no shortage of these in Northern Virginia, from dramatic riverside parks to vast meadows in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Trails beckon, wineries invite visitors for tours, and the horsey set puts on impressive shows of equine agility (not to mention sartorial splendor). Whether you’re an equestrian fan, a long-distance cyclist, a casual hiker or a curious oenophile who appreciates sips with bucolic countryside views, we’ve got you covered.