Discover Fun Things to Do near Washington, D.C.
Conveniently located near Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Sterling, VA, the Country Inn & Suites offers a free airport shuttle to attractions within a three-mile radius. You can easily visit nearby historic Herndon, Reston and Leesburg or browse the exhibits and spaceships at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Feeling competitive? Challenge your friends to a game of miniature golf at Algonkian Regional Park, and then cool off on the water rides at The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole.
Parks and Outdoor Activities:
- Algonkian Regional Park (9.8 miles)
More than 800 acres of outdoor fun awaits you at this nearby park. Pack a picnic lunch, get drenched at the Volcano Island Waterpark, or hike miles of trails. You can also play mini golf or challenge the greens at the par-72 golf course.
Phone: +1 (703) 450-4655
- Great Falls Park (12.9 miles)
Be sure to pack your camera for an outing at this national park, home to more than 800 acres of scenic waterfalls, rugged hiking trails, welcoming picnic pavilions and picturesque overlooks.
Phone: +1 (703) 757-3101
- Green Spring Gardens (23.6 miles)
Learn more about plants and wildlife at Green Spring Gardens, where you can explore 20 thematic demonstration gardens, a greenhouse with tropical plants and two gift shops. Be sure to visit the museum or walk to the wooded stream valley with ponds.
Phone: +1 (703) 642-5173
- Meadowlark Botanical Gardens (10.8 miles)
Enjoy miles of walking trails, memorable lake views and 95 acres of ornamental display gardens at this attraction. During your visit, check out the Korean Bell Garden, the atrium filled with tropical plants and the restored 18th-century log cabin.
Phone +1 (703) 255-3631
- Trump National Golf Club (8.6 miles)
The two beautiful championship courses that make up the 600-acre Trump National Golf Club provide avid golfers with challenging rounds in addition to breathtaking views of the Potomac River, which winds alongside the course.
Phone: +1 (703) 444-4801
Historic Farms and Homes:
- Claude Moore Colonial Farm (17.8 miles)
Get some idea of the struggle colonial farmers of the 1770s experienced when you visit this tenant farm, which hosts special events like the annual Colonial Market Fair.
Phone: +1 (703) 442-7557
- The George C. Marshall International Center (13.4 miles)
Formerly known as Dodona Manor, this historic home was once owned by George Marshall, author of the Marshall Plan, the post-WWII European Recovery Act.
Phone: +1 (703) 777-1301
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon (36.8 miles)
Don't miss the nation's most famous estate: the former home of America’s first president. Mount Vernon offers beautiful views of the Potomac River and encompasses more than a dozen original structures, including Washington's Tomb.
Phone: +1 (703) 780-2000
- Loudoun County Farm Tours (3 miles)
View the Blue Ridge, Sugarloaf and Shorthill mountains during this self-guided driving tour. On your journey, make stops at area farms, farm-to-table restaurants and small towns to create lasting memories of Loudoun County.
Phone: +1 (703) 777-0426
- Morven Park (17.4 miles)
This 1,000-acre estate draws thousands of visitors for its connection to Virginia governor Westmoreland Davis, who once called this place home. The grounds include a mansion, parts of which date back to the 1780s, as well as two museums, formal gardens, historical outbuildings, a Civil War hut and hiking trails.
Phone: +1 (703) 777-2414
- Herndon (2.3 miles)
Spend a leisurely afternoon in nearby Herndon, a charming pre-Civil War city that offers several parks, historical sites, restaurants, boutiques, festivals and more for your exploring pleasure.
Phone: +1 (703) 435-6800
- Leesburg (13.7 miles)
Travel about 15 minutes to downtown Leesburg to explore historic sites, browse the galleries, shop in the boutiques or dine in one of the many restaurants. Don't miss annual events like the Flower & Garden Festival or the Leesburg Airshow.
Phone: +1 (703) 771-2617
- Reston (5.7 miles)
Feel as if you're wandering the streets of an Italian piazza in the quaint downtown area of this city, featuring brick sidewalks and more than 50 shops, 30 restaurants and a movie theater.
Phone: +1 (703) 579-6720
- Regal Fox Stadium 16 & IMAX (7.2 miles)
Take your movie experience up a notch with a viewing inside Regal Entertainment Group's IMAX Theater in Ashburn.
Phone: +1 (844) 462-7342 ext. 4019
- Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (5.7 miles)
Get a bird's-eye view of the IAD airport from an observation tower or catch a movie at the Airbus IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. You can also browse thousands of aviation and space artifacts. During your visit, don't miss eyeing the Enola Gay and the Space Shuttle Discovery spacecraft.
Phone: +1 (703) 572-4118
- The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole (7.8 miles)
This family-focused attraction offers visitors of all ages hours of fun with waterslides, a lazy river, paddleboats and an area for toddlers. Pete’s Peak, the park's main attraction, features several high-intensity slides.
Phone: +1 (703) 471-5415
Getting Around the Dulles Metro Area and Washington, D.C.
Public transportation is available from the terminal at Dulles International Airport to the Washington Metro. You can also arrange a SuperShuttle ride into the D.C. area by calling the company at +1 (800) 258-3826 or +1 (703) 416-7873. If you prefer to drive, the Dulles Toll Road is only one mile from the hotel and offers high-speed access to the heart of Washington, D.C.