28 miles northwest of Washington DC is a real hidden gem, Sterling Virginia. While many may not have heard of this town, At one time it was home to the America Online corporate headquarters, and is currently home to the National Weather Service’s Weather Forecast office. Aside from major administrative offices, Sterling offers an escape from the Big City living that comes with the Washington DC metroplex area with several well-maintained parks, lots of local food, and fun for the whole family. Here are 4 awesome things you can do in Sterling Virginia.
Algonkian Regional Park
Located in Sterling, this 838 acre outdoor park is full of fun and adventures for everyone. You can rent a picnic shelter or a vacation river with beautiful views of the Potomac river, tee up at the 18 hole golf course or just take your time hiking and enjoying the beautiful nature around you. The park also has event buildings and scenic areas that can be rented for things like family reunions or weddings. Its definitely worth a look.
Hindu Temple of Virginia
A unique site in central Virginia, The Hindu Temple of Virginia is a dream project of two Vedic Priest brothers. They have been servicing the local community for over 20 years and decided to build their vision to better service those who wished to learn about the Vedic teachings. The building itself is absolutely gorgeous reflecting the artwork and architecture you would expect to see in India. The temple also plays host to several events during the year, and hosts classes to help those who want to learn more about the Vedic faith.
Beltway Brewing Company
Beltway Brewing Company is a brewery in Sterling Virginia founded as a host for partner brewing, contract brewing and private label beers. Their mission is to produce high quality craft beers for those who cannot build to expand their own breweries. They feature a 30-barrel state of the art brewing facility with computerized controls. They offer recipe formulation and development, and premium packaging services that include Kegging, Bottling, and Canning. The Taproom is the real treat, and unique because it showcases all the different brands brewed on premises. Make sure to drink responsibly.
Vestal’s Gap road
If you’re into history, the DC area is one of the best places your can ever find. Vestal’s Gap Road is a national historic district located in Claude Moore Park. It encompasses a few historical buildings enclouding the workhorse museum, the barn, a log cabin and the Mail House that were once part of the farm. Vestal’s Gap runs from Alexandria to present day Leesburg and on to Winchester. This site hosted the movements of several regiments of troops during both the revolutionary, and civil war. There’s a ton of history here and some beautiful country to enjoy.
Sterling is a rare hidden gem in the metroplex. There’s history, and culture galore, so check it our for yourself today.