Outside the Office: No one wants a life of all work and no play, and here in the D.C. metro area we have plenty of opportunities for fun. Visitors know our region as the place where history is shaped, but locals know it is made up of an eclectic mix of downtown vibrancy and unique neighborhoods with an unparalleled quality of life.
Stroll quaint, downtown neighborhoods, visit charming, boutique wineries or hop on a bike and ride along the banks of the Potomac River for some of the most stunning views of the nation’s capital. Hoist a pint at a local brewery, dine on the masterpieces of celebrity chefs or treat yourself to a little retail therapy. With concerts, festivals, great nightlife, gorgeous outdoor trails and so much more, you’ll never run out of things to do.
The D.C. region exudes culture and history. Among its many attractions are countless museums, including the Smithsonian Institution (which offers free admission to its numerous museums, galleries and zoo), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and historic monuments, memorials and more.
Washington is home to teams in all four major professional sports — plus more. Whatever your sport of choice might be, the Capital region has an option for you.
From the Loudoun County Wine Trail and the brand-new MGM Casino at National Harbor to the Old Town Alexandria historic district and the Tysons Corner Center Mall, the D.C. metro area has plenty of activities to choose from.
Ballston Quarter — Ballston Quarter is Arlington's newest shopping, dining and entertainment center, featuring a globally-inspired, artisan food hall.
Fashion Centre at Pentagon City — Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is located in Arlington on the Washington, D.C. Metro system, just moments from the nation's capital. It offers a world-class shopping experience with a scenic glass elevator ride to the third level and more than 170 stores and restaurants including Macy's, Nordstrom, The Ritz-Carlton, Apple, Coach, Michael Kors and more.
Loudoun County Wine Trail — With over 40 wineries and multiple breweries, Loudoun County is home to some of the area’s best staycations and daily excursions. Just 45 minutes outside of D.C., the six wine “clusters” in Loudoun County have different offerings, from views to events.
MedStar Capitals Iceplex — The MedStar Capitals Iceplex is a state-of-the-art facility located atop the Ballston Quarter Parking Garage in Arlington, Virginia. The iceplex offers public skating, figure skating and hockey programs for youth and adults year-round. The official home of the NHL Washington Capitals, Capitals practices are held here and are open to the public, free of charge.
MGM National Harbor — MGM National Harbor opened in January 2017 to great fanfare. Located in Prince George’s County, Maryland just across the Potomac River from Alexandria, Virginia, the MGM National Harbor includes a 23-story hotel with 308 rooms, 135,000 square feet in gaming space, retail space, a spa, seven restaurants, a 3,000-seat theater with seven VIP suites, 27,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Old Town Alexandria — Minutes from Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria delights travelers from all over the world. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749 that George Washington called home, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic museums and new happenings at the waterfront. Old Town’s cobblestone streets and red brick sidewalks attracts everyone from presidents to pet lovers. At the heart of it all is bustling King Street, a walkable mile recognized as one of the “Great Streets” of America. Visitors can also enjoy the free King Street Trolley.
Tysons Corner Center Mall — With over 2.4 million square feet of retail space and more than 300 stores, Tysons Corner Center is the region’s largest and most prominent shopping mall. Built in 1960, the mall was one of the country’s first super-regional malls, drawing customers from multiple states.
The greater Mid-Atlantic region offers an unlimited number of getaways and experiences. Whether you’re heading to the beaches of the DelMarVa Peninsula (Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia along the Atlantic Ocean), Chesapeake Bay or North Carolina’s Outer Banks, summer destinations are in ample supply.
From skiing in the winter and whitewater rafting in the spring to hiking in the summer and scenic autumn drives, the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia provide outdoor recreation for all four seasons. The Shenandoah Valley, located just 60 minutes to the west, is home to breathtaking views, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and the world-famous Luray Caverns.
Experiences that populate the history books are at your fingertips, including Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Gettysburg National Military Park, Washington, D.C.’s many monuments and historic buildings, and the homes of many of our nation’s presidents scattered across the Virginia countryside.