Destination guide

Why people love visiting lively Northern Virginia

Take a vacation to Northern Virginia and enjoy the area's museums, live music and theater scene. This city is well-known for its shopping and restaurants. National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center are a few of the top cultural sights. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.


Activities and attractions in Northern Virginia

Are you looking for top things to see and do while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Northern Virginia has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Winery at La Grange (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery (4.3 mi / 7 km)
  • Marterella Winery (7.5 mi / 12.1 km)
  • Mediterranean Cellars (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • Chrysalis Vineyards (11.5 mi / 18.6 km)
  • Ticonderoga Farms (11.8 mi / 19 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Northern Virginia

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Northern Virginia is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Manassas National Battlefield Park (10.5 mi / 17 km)
  • Great Falls Park (28.5 mi / 45.8 km)
  • Bull Run Regional Park (12.7 mi / 20.4 km)
  • Eleanor C. Lawrence Park (16.2 mi / 26 km)
  • Frying Pan Farm Park (19.3 mi / 31 km)
  • Ox Hill Battlefield Park (19.5 mi / 31.3 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Northern Virginia

The nearest airport is in Manassas, VA (MNZ-Manassas Regional), located 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Washington, DC (IAD-Washington Dulles Intl.), which is 18.3 mi (29.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Manassas Station, Burke Centre Station and Culpeper Station are the main stations that serve the city. It's easy to get around Northern Virginia by jumping on the metro at Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, Vienna Station or Dunn Loring Merrifield Station.

Where to stay around Northern Virginia?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,959 vacation rentals near Northern Virginia. From 1,088 Houses to 208 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Northern Virginia for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Northern Virginia?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Northern Virginia. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Washington DC: 2,073 vacation rentals
  • West Virginia: 1,355 vacation rentals
  • Lake Anna: 223 vacation rentals
  • Maryland: 6,456 vacation rentals
  • Shenandoah Valley: 1,769 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Northern Virginia! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Northern Virginia?

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

  • Washington DC: 2,073 rentals
  • Charlottesville: 297 rentals
  • Baltimore: 294 rentals
  • Luray: 344 rentals
  • Richmond: 170 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Northern Virginia?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Northern Virginia are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): 2,099 vacation rentals
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): 254 vacation rentals
  • Front Royal, VA (FRR-Front Royal - Warren County): 189 vacation rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Northern Virginia?

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

  • United States Capitol: 2,100 rentals
  • Luray Caverns: 556 rentals
  • Lake Anna State Park: 289 rentals
  • National Mall ( Mall): 1,196 rentals
  • Kings Dominion: 90 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Northern Virginia listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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