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 , 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  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.
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.
Reston has an extensive bike/walking path system.. 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.
The Reston Community Players (RCP)  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  which holds multiple exhibits and performances each year.
The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)  has exhibits, classes, and seminars for all ages.
There are several movie theaters in the Reston area.  These are just a few.
Lake Anne Village Center
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 Town Center
Reston Town Center hosts chain store shopping and several community events throughout the year at the central pavilion. Parking is provided for free in several above and below ground parking garrages.
The Reston Zoo features several animals such as zebras, monkeys, and camels . 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 .
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:
The Spectrum Center  is in the heart of Reston and houses many retailers including:
Plaza America  has several shops including:
While Reston has some unique dining options, the more ethnic and budget restaurants can be found in neighboring Herndon.
Plaza America is located off of Sunset Hills Road. 
Lake Anne Plaza
The Lake Anne Plaza offers a number of restaurants and shops. They are all located near 1633 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20191.
Reston Town Center
Reston Town Center offers a variety of restaurants. Located at 11900 Market Street, the Town Center has several parking garages to choose from.
Hunters Woods Village Center
Reston Town Center is a popular place to socialize where there are several bars and restaurants:
For those staying at a hotel in Reston, several hotels offer free shuttle service to and from the airport, including: