Reston, VA: A Historical Tour

By  Published Sep 7th, 2016



If you are one of the millions of people who are planning on visiting Washington D.C. and would like to see a historical site that many visitors miss, you should include Reston, VA in your itinerary. While Reston Virginia is a comparatively newer place, when compared to the hundreds of other historic landmarks in the greater Washington D.C. area, Reston Virginia has become well known because of its unique concept of combining land use for both residential and corporate development on the same piece of land.

Founded in 1964, Reston secured its place in history by becoming the first large-scale community built after World War II, and entirely based on a concept of maximizing land-use. Reston is located in Fairfax County Virginia and today is a community with more than 60,000 people. Reston has become famous for the way it combines housing, business and recreation.

Reston's unique concept was closely monitored by national magazines, famous journals on architecture and proper land-use and scores of newspaper articles. First Lady Mrs. Lyndon Johnson visited Reston as part of her interest in the beautification of America. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first two men to set foot on the moon have both visited elementary schools named for them in Reston. “CNN Money Magazine” has ranked Reston as the seventh best place to live in America.

However, Reston has more to offer than just the first-of-its-kind layout. Reston is home to the award-winning theater group, the Reston Community Players, that put on four different productions a year at the Reston community center. Another attraction you might also enjoy would be a visit to the Reston Zoo, a family-friendly zoo designed to let you inter-react with the animals. Reston has over 50 miles of walkways designed to help you enjoy this historic community. Popular activities in Reston also include the Reston Festival and the day after Thanksgiving parade. Hopefully, we have inspired you to visit historic Reston Virginia the next time you are in the Washington D.C. area.