Destination guide

Reston: the planned city of Virginia

The wide boulevards, crisscrossing blocks, tree-spotted avenues, and manicured urban spaces of Reston belie its planned nature. Back in the early 1960s, this whole conglomeration of coffee shops, malls, and residential blocks, was meticulously laid out on a blueprint that was intended as a prototype for the post-war city. These days, Reston Town Center is seen as a hip and happening enclave on the edge of Washington, DC, with up-coming businesses, pretty parks, oodles of shopping, an arts center, and some top Reston vacation rentals within reach of the heart of the capital.

Things to do

From Reston Town Center to beyond

Reston Town Center is considered one of the main attractions in Fairfax County, with its fascinating array of planned plazas, streets, shopping malls, and marketplaces. For families with kids in tow, little Roer's Zoofari – the Reston Zoo – is a top place to while away your days here, encountering giraffes and meeting burly plains buffalo on the safari routes. Meanwhile, there are 18 famous parkland holes at the Reston National Golf Course, and public swimming pools around Lake Fairfax.


Explore the heart of Reston town

Simply strolling through the heart of the designated district known as Reston Town Center is one of the top things to do here. Those lucky enough to bag Reston vacation rentals in the luxury condos and chic blocks of the area can just simply hop from their front door to see the meticulously planned grid of buildings and parks. Then come the weekend farmers' markets and craft beer bars courtesy of the boho folk out of DC central, not to mention the lakes and country clubs of greater Fairfax County.


Sightseeing needs summer in Reston

Assuming you're searching for Reston vacation rentals to delve into the interesting mix of urban planning, modern architecture, wide plazas, and up-coming bar strips that make this town such an attraction on the edge of DC, it's certainly worth waiting for the warmer months of summer to swing around before you travel. That's because the winters in this part of America can be cold and snowy, while the months between June and August have dry weather and clear skies – perfect for wandering the sidewalks.

Natural features

Reston’s just a stone's throw from the Potomac

Reston vacation rentals will put you just a stone's throw from the winding channels of the Potomac River, which drifts south-eastwards into the very heart of Washington, DC. All along its banks there's a mosaic of manicured golf courses and wilder regional parks to enjoy – check out the thick woods and horseback trails of Seneca for one of the best. Even closer to the center is the designated recreation area of Lake Fairfax Park, which has campgrounds, swimming spots, fishing areas, and boating opportunities.

How to get there

How to get to and around Reston

The nearest airport is in Washington, DC (IAD-Washington Dulles Intl.), located 5.6 mi (9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Gaithersburg, MD (GAI-Montgomery County Airpark), which is 17.7 mi (28.5 km) away.

Catch a ride on the metro at Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station to easily navigate the city.

Where to stay around Reston?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,670 vacation rentals near Reston. From 484 Houses to 925 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Reston for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Reston?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Reston:

  • Georgetown: 1,141 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 601 vacation rentals
  • Old Town: 567 vacation rentals
  • Crystal City: 45 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 1,070 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Reston?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Reston. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Lake Fairfax Park: 1,860 vacation rentals
  • Reston Town Center: 1,299 vacation rentals
  • The Spectrum: 1,345 vacation rentals
  • Reston National Golf Course: 1,320 vacation rentals
  • Reston Hospital Center: 1,201 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Reston listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Reston?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 484 Houses in Reston. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Reston include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 925 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 174 rentals available
  • Hotels: 3 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Reston?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 288 vacation rentals with pool available in Reston. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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