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McLean (Virginia)

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McLean is in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the southern United States of America.


The primary reason to visit McLean is to go shopping at Tysons Corner. McLean is primarily residential, with major commercial development concentrated in its portion of Tysons Corner. , and McLean is a favored address for many high-ranking government officials and diplomats. McLean encompasses the older settlements of Lewinsville and Langley. Langley is the name of the local high school and as a metonym for the CIA, after the location of its headquarters. McLean is named after John Roll McLean, who owned The Washington Post, and was one of the chief investors in the Washington and Old Dominion Railway.

Get in[edit]

By Metrorail[edit]

WMATA, which operates the DC Metrorail, has several Metrorail stops in McLean. For more information on riding the Metrorail, see Washington DC#Get_In

By car[edit]

The George Washington Parkway runs along the north side of the town. The Chain Bridge connects the George Washington Parkway to Washington, D.C.. McLean is also just off I-495, the Capital Beltway, from the west, with the main exits at the George Washington Parkway and Georgetown Pike.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), +1-(703) 482-0623 (fax: +1-(703) 482-1739), [1]. The headquarters of the most well-known intelligence agency of the United States government is in a part of McLean that is sometimes still called "Langley". Tours are given only with special arrangement to academic and civic groups, not to the public. Even attempting to drive down the road leading up to the CIA can get you in trouble. However, there is a virtual tour on the CIA's web site.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6130 Georgetown Pike, +1 703 442-7557, [2]. We–Su 10 AM–4:30PM, Apr 3–Dec 15. Closer, cheaper, and less crowded than the more famous Colonial Williamsburg, the Farm features costumed interpreters who demonstrate the crafts, skills, foods, buildings, and other aspects of life in 1771 on a small farm. The farm produces a variety of traditional foods and crafts and offers programs for children and adults on traditional farming skills and environmental living. $3 adults, $2 seniors and children.  edit
  • Scott’s Run Nature Preserve, 7400 Georgetown Pike, +1 703 759-9018. sunrise to sunset. Named for the small stream that tumbles over a dramatic waterfall before ending in the Potomac, Scott's Run Nature Preserve is criss-crossed by hiking trails, many of them challenging as they follow the rocky cliffs and sheer bluffs overlooking the river. A section of the Potomac Heritage Trail crosses through the park east to west.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Tyson's Corner Center, [3]. At 2.2 million square feet, this massive mall is among the largest in America, and includes a torrent of higher end and traditional mall anchors such as Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Nordstrom, a large AMC theater, an expansive Barnes & Noble bookstore, and Bloomingdale's. It also has destination retailers such as an Apple Store, a Microsoft Store, and a Tesla store.  edit
  • Tyson's Galleria, [4]. Located right next to the much larger and prominent Tyson's Corner Center, Tyson's Galleria stands at a smaller 800,000 square feet figure and is home to super high end brands and luxury retailers such as Chanel, Versace, David Yurman, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Juicy Couture, Burberry, and Gucci. It is a higher-end mall alternative to the more middle-class oriented Tyson's Corner Center.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]


  • Italian Deli Restaurant, 6813 Elm St, [5]. This hole in the wall, located in downtown McLean across from the McDonald's, offers authentic Italian subs, pasta dishes, and assorted fast food-type fare at reasonable prices.  edit
  • Seasons 52 - Tysons Corner, 7863L Tysons Corner Center, (703) 288-3852, [6]. Sun - Mon: 11am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm. Fresh grill and wine bar offering a seasonally inspired menu and international wine list. $30 or less.  edit


  • Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, +1 703 442-8384, [7]. M-Th 5PM-10PM, Sa 5PM-10:30PM, Su 5PM-9PM. Just next to the mall is one a great steakhouse (there is a Ruth's Chris up the street too, which is another chain to be reckoned with). Beyond the steak, the wine list received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator three years running. $25-55.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • McKeever’s Pub, 6625 Old Dominion Dr, (703) 790-9453‎, [8].  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Rates vary wildly on business/convention demand; weekends are usually cheaper.

  • Courtyard Tysons Corner, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd, +1 703 790-0207, [9]. A big Marriott with conference facilities. $95-285.  edit
  • Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Rd, +1 703 847-5000, [10]. A notable, if not that huge, step up from the Courtyard. $105-320.  edit
  • Ritz Carlton, 1700 Tysons Blvd, +1 703 506-4300, [11]. The one four-diamond hotel anywhere in the area. It's the Ritz; it's nice. $230-550.  edit

Get out[edit]

Despite its proximity to Washington DC, nature is close by at Great Falls.

Routes through McLean
BethesdaPotomac  N noframe S  Tysons CornerSpringfield
LeesburgHerndon  W noframe E  Falls ChurchEND

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