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Fairfax is an independent city completely surrounded by Fairfax County in the northeast corner of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population of Fairfax was 21,498. There are many historic buildings in the city, including the former county courthouse, which is the oldest and most historic. The first meeting of the Fairfax Court was held there on April 21, 1800. During the American Civil War the Courthouse was used by the Union forces as military headquarters. Other historic sites include the Fairfax Elementary School and the Old Town Hall. The Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center provides information for visiting the whole area of Northern Virginia, Tysons Corner, Manassas and Washington D.C., as well as the Shenandoah Valley and Skyline Drive. The Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim is a 12-acre site that features an exhibition gallery and a multipurpose classroom. The on-site gift shop stocks books, original signed art prints, childrens toys and games, replica items, and souvenirs related to the Civil War and Fairfax history. Fairfax is also home to several annual festivals, including the Chocolate Lovers Festival in February, Spotlight on the Arts in April, Irish Festival in September and the Festival of Lights and Carols in December. Every other year in the spring, a Civil War re-enactment camp is held at Blenheim estate, a city-owned historical property. Alternating with the Civil War encampment is an Historic Homes Tour of homes in the city.

Surrounding areas: Reston, Virginia (8.3 mi), McLean, Virginia (8.8 mi), Great Falls, Virginia (10.1 mi), Alexandria, Virginia (12.8 mi), Haymarket, Virginia (18.1 mi), Leesburg, Virginia (22.9 mi)

Fairfax Vacation Rentals

Fairfax Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Archstone Ellipse At Government Center11842 Federalist WayFairfax, VA (703) 968-4440
Bailiwick Inn4023 Chain BRG RdFairfax, VA (703) 691-2266
Best Western-fairfax3535 Chain BRG RdFairfax, VA (703) 591-5500
Candlewood Suites Fairfax11400 Random Hill RdFairfax, VA (703) 359-4490
Comfort Inn University Center11180 Fairfax BlvdFairfax, VA (703) 591-5900
Courtyard By Marriott Fairfax / Fair Oaks11220 Lee Jackson HwyFairfax, VA (703) 273-6161
Econo Lodge - Fairfax9700 Lee HwyFairfax, VA (703) 273-1160
Extended Stay America12055 Lee Jackson Memorial HwyFairfax, VA (703) 267-6770
Extended Stay Deluxe3997 Fair Ridge DrFairfax, VA (703) 359-5000
Fairfax Marriott At Fair Oaks11787 Lee Jackson Memorial HwyFairfax, VA (703) 352-2525
Hampton Inn10860 Lee HwyFairfax, VA (703) 385-2600
Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax3950 Fair Ridge DrFairfax, VA (703) 385-7774
Holiday Inn Express Fairfax10327 Lee HwyFairfax, VA (703) 359-2888
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel12104 Monument DrFairfax, VA (703) 273-3444
Homestead Studio Suites Hotels8281 Willow Oaks Corporate DrFairfax, VA (703) 204-0088
Homestead Village4224 Legato RdFairfax, VA (703) 273-3444
Hyatt Fair Lakes12777 Fair Lakes CirFairfax, VA (703) 818-1234
Residence Inn By Marriott - Fairfax / Fair Lakes12815 Fair Lakes PkwyFairfax, VA (800) 331-3131
Suiteamerica At Regents Park9333 Clock Tower PlFairfax, VA (703) 461-1932
Vienna Wolftrap Motel430 Maple Ave WestVienna, VA3.4 mi.(703) 281-2330
Comfort Inn Tysons Corner1587 Springhill RdVienna, VA4.0 mi.(703) 448-8020
Residence Inn Tysons Corner8616 Westwood CTR DrVienna, VA4.0 mi.(703) 893-0120
Fairfax-merrifield Residence Inn By Marriott8125 Gatehouse RdFalls Church, VA4.5 mi.(703) 573-5200
Homewood Suites8130 Porter RdFalls Church, VA4.5 mi.(703) 560-6644
Courtyard By Marriott Dunn Loring2722 Gallows RdVienna, VA4.5 mi.(703) 573-9555
Fairveiw Park Marriott3111 Fairview Park DrFalls Church, VA4.8 mi.(703) 849-9400
Residence Inn-Tysons Corner Mall8400 Old Courthouse RdVienna, VA5.7 mi.(703) 917-0800
Homestead Studio Suites Hotel8201 Old Courthouse RdVienna, VA5.8 mi.(703) 356-6300
Hilton Garden Inn Tysons Corner8301 Boone BlvdVienna, VA5.9 mi.(703) 760-9777
Tysons Corner Marriott8028 Leesburg PikeVienna, VA6.1 mi.(703) 734-3200
Doubletree Hotel-tysons Corner7801 Leesburg PikeFalls Church, VA6.2 mi.(703) 893-1340
Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner1960 Chain Bridge RdMclean, VA6.3 mi.(703) 893-2100
Embassy Suites Hotel Tysons Corner8517 Leesburg PikeVienna, VA6.3 mi.(703) 883-0707
Sheraton Premiere At Tysons Corner8661 Leesburg PikeVienna, VA6.3 mi.(703) 448-1234
Best Western Tysons Westpark Hotel8401 Westpark DrMC Lean, VA6.4 mi.(703) 734-2800
The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner1700 Tysons BlvdMC Lean, VA6.7 mi.(703) 506-4300
Extended Stayamerica Washington DC-Centreville5920 Fort DrCentreville, VA7.0 mi.(703) 988-9955
Hilton Mclean At Tyson's Corner7920 Jones Branch DrMC Lean, VA7.0 mi.(703) 847-5000
Quality Inn Governor6650 Arlington BlvdFalls Church, VA7.1 mi.(703) 532-8900
Gates Of Mclean1510 Spring Gate DrMclean, VA7.1 mi.(703) 442-0000
Bed & Breakfast
Alexandria Arlington Almost Heaven Bed And Breakfast6339 Brocketts XingAlexandria, VA10.2 mi.(703) 921-9043
Cottage On 16th7129 16th St NWWashington, DC16.8 mi.(202) 882-2344

Fairfax Weather & Climate

Northeast Virginia's climate is classified as mild, mid-latitude, with a subcategory of humid subtropical. Northeast Virginia generally has mild winters with no dry season and hot summers. Hurricanes make the coastal areas of Virginia vulnerable, but it's rare for a major hurricane to threaten the Virginia coast as hurricanes that far north tend to weaken due to cooler coast waters and increasingly westerly winds. Heavy rain from tropical cyclones are possible, however. Thunderstorms are an occasional concern with the state averaging anywhere from 30-50 days of thunderstorm activity annually, but the highest area of occurrence is towards the west.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 41°F 21°F 3.41 in. -
February 45°F 24°F 2.85 in. -
March 55°F 31°F 3.97 in. -
April 65°F 40°F 3.37 in. -
May 74°F 49°F 4.60 in. -
June 82°F 59°F 3.78 in. -
July 87°F 64°F 4.33 in. -
August 85°F 62°F 4.06 in. -
September 78°F 55°F 4.49 in. -
October 67°F 42°F 3.58 in. -
November 56°F 33°F 3.49 in. -
December 45°F 26°F 3.19 in. -

Fairfax Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Washington Dulles International airport (IAD) located about 10 miles northwest of Fairfax in Washington, District Of Columbia, the Ronald Reagan Washington National airport (DCA) located approximately 14 miles east of Fairfax in Washington, District Of Columbia, Manassas Regional Harry P Davis Field (HEF) located roughly 14 miles southwest of Fairfax in Manassas, Virginia, the Leesburg Executive airport (JYO) located around 20 miles northwest of Fairfax in Leesburg, Virginia, and finally the Baltimore Washington International airport (BWI) located about 40 miles northeast of Fairfax in Baltimore, Maryland.

Fairfax Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersRockvilleMD17.9 mi.
Marshall Hall ParkBryans RoadMD19.1 mi.
JeepersGreenbeltMD25.3 mi.
Six Flags AmericaUpper MarlboroMD29.9 mi.
Six Flags AmericaMitchellvilleMD30.6 mi.
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department Carnival GroundsLeonardtownMD53.0 mi.
JeepersParkvilleMD55.6 mi.
Paramount's Kings DominionDoswellVA69.1 mi.
Water Parks
Chesapeake Beach Water ParkChesapeake BeachMD43.0 mi.
Killens Pond Water ParkFeltonDE93.4 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA114.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Fair Oaks Golf ParkFairfaxVA 
Penderbrook Golf ClubFairfaxVA 
Oak Marr Golf ComplexOaktonVA1.9 mi.
Burke Lake Golf CenterFairfax StationVA3.7 mi.
Pleasant Valley Golf ClubChantillyVA7.2 mi.
Jefferson District Golf CourseFalls ChurchVA7.5 mi.
Reston National Golf CourseRestonVA7.7 mi.
Herndon Centennial Golf CourseHerndonVA8.5 mi.
Generals Ridge Golf CourseManassas ParkVA10.2 mi.
Greendale Golf CourseAlexandriaVA11.1 mi.
Manassas Hills Golf ClubManassasVA11.4 mi.
Pohick Bay Golf CourseLortonVA11.5 mi.
South Riding Golfers ClubSouth RidingVA11.5 mi.
Algonkian Regional Park Golf CourseSterlingVA11.9 mi.
Sterling Park Golf ClubSterlingVA11.9 mi.
Pinecrest Golf CourseAlexandriaVA12.8 mi.
Falls Road Golf CoursePotomacMD13.8 mi.
East Potomac Public Golf CourseWashingtonDC15.0 mi.
Langston Legacy Golf Course & Driving RangeWashingtonDC15.0 mi.
Rock Creek Park Golf CourseWashingtonDC15.0 mi.
Bristow Manor Golf ClubBristowVA15.2 mi.
Golf Academy at Broad RunBristowVA15.2 mi.
Brambleton Regional Park Golf CourseAshburnVA15.7 mi.
Stonewall Golf ClubGainesvilleVA17.0 mi.
Virginia Oaks Golf ClubGainesvilleVA17.0 mi.
Bull Run Golf ClubHaymarketVA17.8 mi.
Redgate Golf CourseRockvilleMD17.8 mi.
Henson Creek Golf CourseFort WashingtonMD17.9 mi.
Hampshire Greens Golf CourseSilver SpringMD18.0 mi.
Sligo Creek Golf CourseSilver SpringMD18.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Whitetail Ski ResortMercersburgPA74.6 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA80.2 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA88.9 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA109.3 mi.
Blue KnobClaysburgPA117.0 mi.
State Parks
Mason Neck State ParkVA16.1 mi. 
Seneca Creek State ParkMD17.2 mi. 
Leesylvania State ParkVA18.4 mi. 
Smallwood State ParkMD22.0 mi. 
Rosaryville State ParkMD27.2 mi. 
Robert M Watkins Regional State ParkMD27.7 mi. 
Purse State ParkMD29.4 mi. 
Chapel Point State ParkMD31.4 mi. 
Caledon State ParkVA36.0 mi. 
Sky Meadows State ParkVA37.0 mi. 
Drop Zone Virtual MuseumFairfax StationVA3.8 mi.(History)
NewseumArlingtonVA12.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Lyceum: Alexandria's History MuseumAlexandriaVA14.2 mi.(History)
Torpedo Factory Art CenterAlexandriaVA14.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Alexandria Archaeology MuseumAlexandriaVA14.2 mi.(History)
ALexandria Archaeology MuseumAlexandriaVA14.2 mi.(History)
Fort Ward Museum and Historic SiteAlexandriaVA14.2 mi.(History)
Friendship Firehouse MuseumAlexandriaVA14.2 mi.(History)
Gadsby's Tavern MuseumAlexandriaVA14.2 mi.(History)
National Museum of American HistoryWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(History)
National Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(History)
National Museum of Women's HistoryWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(History)
National Postal MuseumWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(History)
Tudor Place -- Historic House & GardensWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(History)
A Guide to the Museums of WashingtonWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum Services InternationalWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Octagon Museum (American Architectural Foundation)WashingtonDC14.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Washington National CathedralWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
White House Virtual ToursWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Dumbarton Oaks Research LibraryWashingtonDC14.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
National Zoological ParkWashingtonDC14.7 mi.
The Baltimore ZooBaltimoreMD47.9 mi.
National Aquarium in BaltimoreBaltimoreMD47.9 mi.
National Zoo Conservation & Research CenterFront RoyalVA48.1 mi.
Salisbury Zoological ParkSalisburyMD98.1 mi.
ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife ParkHersheyPA105.0 mi.
Brandywine ZooWilmingtonDE112.4 mi.

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