Be sure to drive around Ashburn to get a good look as what is deemed to be sophisticated surban life in the subdivisions in and around Ashburn. The homes are striking in that they are nearly all new, large, uniform in charachter, and have little or any recognizable architectural style. In many ways Ashburn is the poster child for the so called "McMansionization of America".
Few local artisans or craftsmen call Ashburn home anymore. Modern Ashburn is home to a number of strip malls filled with nationally recognized chain stores ensuring that travellers will be able to buy essentially the same products they would at home.
Few local eateries or restauranteurs can survive in Ashburn's strip mall mentality. Accordingly, travellers to Ashburn will find essentially the same nationally recognized chain restaurants they would at home.