Destination guide

Take the vacationer's oath in McLean

Do you solemnly swear that you will faithfully execute the office of vacation traveler to the best of your ability? Good, then McLean is the place to do it. This distinguished, stately place is only a half-hour drive from downtown Washington, D.C. Distinctive for its grand architecture and deliciously high standards in all things, it's where the great and the good of the capital (and the Capitol, for that matter) live their lives in the luxury to which they're accustomed. Why not join them (if only temporarily) with a McLean vacation rental?

Things to do

Don't forget your Secret Service retinue

Popular excursions include the rapids of Great Falls State Park and the tranquil surroundings of Rock Creek Park, but sooner or later your steps are going to lead you half an hour down the road into Downtown D.C. As a suburb of Washington, D.C., a McLean vacation rental gives you easy access to all the attractions of our nation's capital, including the Capitol, the White House, and a staggering array of galleries and museums covering everything from history and culture to transport and science. You could literally spend weeks getting round them all.

Activities

Be more like Theodore with a McLean vacation rental

You might not fancy a daily swim in the icy Potomac river in the macho tradition of Teddy Roosevelt, but a stroll along its banks could be just the way to start your McLean vacation rental. As befits such a dignified suburb, the area round McLean is full of parks, many incorporating hiking trails, biking routes and playgrounds. And if you're more about exerting your wallet than your leg muscles, Tysons Corner and Tysons Galleria malls are among the biggest in the state, and are there to relieve you of as much cash as you care to part with.

Weather

Chasing cheery cherry blossom in McLean

A McLean vacation rental is a treat at any time of year, but fall and spring are perhaps the best times. Fall brings all the wonderful colors you'd expect of such a leafy city, while one of the most eye-catching times to visit the Washington, D.C. area is in spring, when travelers and locals alike descend on the city for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Summers in McLean can get quite humid, with thunderstorms a frequent occurrence. Winters, on the other hand, are cold with light snow dumps, though every few years there tends to be a notable blizzard.

Natural features

A lean, green, McLean machine

Despite being in a largely urban area, there's an awful lot of greenery round McLean. The greater D.C. area has one of the highest percentages of parkland of any major U.S. city, and the 1,700-acre Rock Creek Park is home to wildlife including owls, raccoons, and coyotes. The other dominant feature is the mighty Potomac River, and just north east of McLean is Great Falls Park, home to some of the most striking rapids and waterfalls in the area. If you're not much of a spectator then you could get out on the rapids yourself, since they're popular with rafters.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around McLean

Fly into Washington, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan Washington National), the closest airport, located 11 mi (17.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Washington, DC (IAD-Washington Dulles Intl.), which is 13.3 mi (21.4 km) away.

You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Tysons Corner Station to easily navigate the city.

Where to stay around McLean?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,969 vacation rentals near McLean. From 603 Houses to 1,026 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 McLean for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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 McLean:

  • Capitol Hill: 502 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Market: 377 vacation rentals
  • Dupont Circle: 565 vacation rentals
  • Georgetown: 1,071 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 1,011 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 McLean?

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

  • CIA Headquarters: 2,042 vacation rentals
  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm: 2,040 vacation rentals
  • Langley Shopping Center: 2,029 vacation rentals
  • Scott's Run Nature Preserve: 2,022 vacation rentals
  • Alden Theatre: 2,031 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around McLean 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 McLean?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 603 Houses in McLean. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in McLean include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,026 rentals available
  • Estates: 6 rentals available
  • Villas: 9 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in McLean?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 423 vacation rentals with pool available in McLean. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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