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Reston (Virginia)

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Reston Town Center at night

Reston is in Virginia, United States of America). It is a suburb lying 20 miles west of Washington, DC. Reston is directly adjacent to Herndon.


Founded in 1964, Reston was the first modern planned community in the United States. It was named after its founder, Robert E. Simon (RESton). The first community developed in Reston, Lake Anne Plaza [1], still retains the most "character" of the city. Today, the city is home to offices of many high tech companies, such as AOL, Microsoft, Accenture, and the US Geological Survey. A modern Reston Town Center [2] attracts most of Reston's visitors and shoppers, and is home to tall buildings and higher density mixed use development amidst a sea of sprawling suburbs.

Get in[edit]


Reston is a 10 minute drive from Dulles International Airport. A taxi from the airport is roughly $18.


Reston is accessible from the Fairfax County Parkway, the Reston Parkway (West Ox Road in Fairfax County), the Leesburg Pike (Rte 7), and the Dulles Toll Road (Rte 267).


The metro system will be extended to Wiehle Avenue by 2013 and Reston Parkway by 2016. However, you can take a bus from the Reston Town Center to the West Falls Church station.

Get around[edit]

Reston has an extensive bike/walking path system.[3]. The only other options are by car or bus. Roads in Reston tend to be very winding and may require the use of a GPS.

See[edit][add listing]

The Reston Community Players (RCP) [4] have four major productions per season. This all-volunteer production company originated in 1972 and has performed a variety of shows throughout the years. The shows are located at Reston Community Center [5] which holds multiple exhibits and performances each year.

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) [6] has exhibits, classes, and seminars for all ages.

There are several movie theaters in the Reston area. [7] These are just a few.

  • Bow Tie Cinemas Reston Town Center 13[8]
  • Phoenix Theaters World Gate 9[9]
  • AMC Tysons Corner 16[10]
  • Rave Motion Pictures Fairfax Corner 14[11]

Do[edit][add listing]

Lake Anne Village Center[edit]

Lake Anne Village Center is Reston's original planned community and offers several local restaurants and shops in a mixed-use plaza lining the lake shore.

  • Reston Market [12] Saturdays 9AM to 2PM May to the first Sat. in December. Features local arts and crafts.

Reston Town Center[edit]

Reston Town Center hosts chain store shopping and several community events throughout the year at the central pavilion.[13] Parking is provided for free in several above and below ground parking garrages.

  • Ice Skating from late October to the second week of March. $8 for adults, $7 for children under 12 and seniors 55 and up. $3 skate rentals.
  • Summer Concerts on the weekends at the pavilion. Bring a lawn chair or sit at a nearby restaurant, such as Clyde's or Paolo's.

Reston Zoo[edit]

The Reston Zoo features several animals such as zebras, monkeys, and camels [14]. It features a petting barn, exhibits, pony rides and wagon rides around the park. Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children. The zoo is closed for the winter from November 28th to March 10th.

Lake Fairfax Park is open everyday from dawn til dusk and consists of the 18-acre lake, campgrounds, walking trails, a carousel, playground and The Water Mine [15].

Buy[edit][add listing]

Reston Town Center was developed in the style of a medium size town street scape with classic store fronts for many shops and stores including:

  • Ann Taylor
  • Banana Republic
  • Gap
  • Nine West
  • South Moon Under
  • J. Crew
  • Victoria's Secret
  • Apple Store
  • Anthropologie

The Spectrum Center [16] is in the heart of Reston and houses many retailers including:

  • Best Buy
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Men's Warehouse
  • PetSmart
  • Harris Teeter

Plaza America [17] has several shops including:

  • Michael's Arts and Crafts
  • Ann Taylor Loft
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Modell's
  • Whole Foods Market

Eat[edit][add listing]

While Reston has some unique dining options, the more ethnic and budget restaurants can be found in neighboring Herndon.

Plaza America[edit]

Plaza America is located off of Sunset Hills Road. [18]

  • Vie De France
  • Baja Fresh
  • Five Guys
  • Philadelphia Mike's

Lake Anne Plaza[edit]

The Lake Anne Plaza offers a number of restaurants and shops. They are all located near 1633 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20191.[19]

  • Jasmine Cafe is a local favorite. Its atmosphere is casual and comfortable and features art on display by local artists.
  • Lake Anne Coffee House[20]
  • Cafe Montmartre [21]
  • Kalypso's Sport Tavern [22]

Reston Town Center[edit]

Reston Town Center offers a variety of restaurants. Located at 11900 Market Street, the Town Center has several parking garages to choose from.

  • Big Bowl- Asian Fusion [23]
  • UNO Chicago Grill- American/Pizza [24]
  • Clyde's- American [25]
  • Paolo's Ristorante [26]
  • McCormick & Schmick's- Seafood [27]
  • Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe- Mexican [28]
  • Obi Sushi- Japanese [29]
  • PassionFish- Seafood [30]
  • Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana- Italian [31]

Hunters Woods Village Center[edit]

  • Buffalo Wing Factory
  • Mayuri Indian Cuisine
  • Ariake serves fresh Sushi and Japanese cuisine. The outdoor dining area offers a relaxing man-made waterfall.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Reston Town Center is a popular place to socialize where there are several bars and restaurants:

  • Jackson's Mighty Fine Food & Lucky Lounge- American food with a happening bar scene [32]
  • The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shop-Sample Boxwood Estate Wines with appetizers [33]
  • American Tap Room [34]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

For those staying at a hotel in Reston, several hotels offer free shuttle service to and from the airport, including:

  • Comfort Inn 200 Elden Street, (703) 437-7555, [35].
  • Hyatt Reston 1800 Presidents Street, (703) 709-1234, [36].
  • Sheraton Reston Hotel, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive, (703) 620-9000, [37].  edit
  • Westin Reston Heights, 11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, (703) 391-9000, [38].  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Reston
WinchesterSterling  W noframe E  Tysons CornerAlexandria
LeesburgHerndon  W noframe E  Tysons CornerFalls Church

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