Leesburg VA is located just outside Washington D.C. in the area known as Northern Virginia. Situated in Loudon County, Leesburg is one of the wealthiest small cities in the country. The city sits at the base of Catoctin Mountain and has a population around 45,000. It is within commuting distance of downtown Washington D.C. and is home to many federal and defense contractor employees.
Over the last twenty years, the city and the county of Loudon have undergone incredible growth and development. What used to be a small town of the Piedmont is now an energetic bedroom community. There are many things to do in the area, from the museums of the Smithsonian to hiking in the Shenandoah Valley.
One of the most popular attractions in Leesburg is the Premium Outlets. This upscale shopping center includes outlet stores for all of the major brands and department stores. This is one of the best shopping experiences in the D.C. area and the outlets are easily accessible from anywhere in the northern Virginia area.
Another fun thing to do with your family or your significant other is riding the historic White’s Ferry. This ferry is a great way to travel from Virginia to Maryland. The route meanders along the Potomac River. Visitors can rent canoes, enjoy a picnic or hike scenic trails on both sides of the river.
Morven Park is located on the edge of Leesburg and is a beautifully restored Southern Plantation mansion complete with carriages and horses. Situated in a beautiful park with lush landscaping and gorgeous flowers, Morven Park is perfect for a picnic, a walk, or a weekend away from the city. Originally the home of Lord Grantham, an early Governor of Virginia, the grounds and home are something to see. Also be sure to visit the carriage museum which is part of the grounds.
Northern Virginia is rapidly gaining a reputation as a great place for wine and Loudon County is home to some of the best wineries in the area. Stone Tower Winery is a very popular vineyard and visitors can enjoy a tasting in the small barn or the larger event space. There is plenty of seating and you can even buy food or bring your own.
Of course, no visit to Virginia is complete without visiting at least one Civil War Battlefield. Loudoun County and Leesburg are close to Balls Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetary and it a must see for all visitors.