By Jun S. Published Sep 7th, 2016
Reston is a Fairfax County community approaching 60,000 residents. It is in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and has post World War II goals that include revolutionizing land use, corporate and residential spaces. This planned community boasts international acclaim since its inception in 1964.
Other areas of the city came later and include cube-like townhouses, neighborhood shopping center and the supermarket. Two of its elementary schools carry the name of Apollo 11 astronauts. This town grew into an “edge” city complete with traffic congestion making it necessary to construct several highways to alleviate these jams.
The city includes several parks, wooded areas with creeks and streams, wildflower meadows, two golf courses, numerous public swimming pools, bike paths and hiking trails. The pathways serve to isolate pedestrians from vehicles by use of bridges and tunnels.
Attractions and Transportation
One major goal was to provide a choice of activities that promote leisure time opportunities. The community theatre group presents four plays annually and visitors can drive to places like the Reston Zoo, 1811 Colvin Run Mill or the 1820 Dranesville Tavern, which rents out for special occasions.
Visitors can tour the local Nature Education Center, two art galleries and the Reston Historic Museum. Most residents use the Internal Bus System consisting of five routes passing through the city neighborhoods with a transfer point at the Town Center. The city is ten miles from the Capital Beltway (east) and Dulles International Airport (west).