Dive into the heart of Northern Virginia, where the ordinary gives way to the quirky.  From the enigmatic allure of Dumfries’ Weems Botts Museum to the compact curiosity of Alexandria’s Spite House and the legendary Exorcist Stairs in Georgetown, Northern Virginia’s unique destinations will be sure to delight.

What Defines “Quirky”?

Let’s talk quirkiness. It’s not just about being different; it’s about being memorably unique. While we cherish our Atlas Obscura listings, this journey delves deeper into the off-the-grid wonders that even locals might not know—spots that promise to leave a lasting impression.

Museum Marvels

Think museums are all about the past? Think again. Northern Virginia’s museums break the mold. For example, George Washington’s dentures—nope, not wooden, but a curious mix of ivory, animal teeth, and a lead base. Or step into the Civil War Interpretive Center at Historic Blenheim to witness a unique “diary on the walls” left by Union soldiers. And for those drawn to the skies, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center offers immersive, motion-enabled simulators. You can be transported to the realms of space and aerial dogfights.

Outdoor Oddities

Fairfax County is home to the Western Hemisphere’s only traditional Korean Bell Garden at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.  This is definitely a must-see if you haven’t been. Then there’s The Perch, an elevated urban oasis atop Capital One Hall, and Frying Pan Farm Park, a slice of agricultural history and a haven for pardoned presidential turkeys. For an inclusive playground experience, Clemyjontri Park ensures fun for all, and the Analemma Society at The Turner Farm invites stargazers to explore the universe on clear Friday nights.

Historical Hints

Delve into America’s past with a visit to Fort Hunt, a site of secret WWII missions, or explore the poignant narrative of the women’s suffrage movement at the Lucy Burns Museum. Civil War enthusiasts can follow the trails marked across the county, unearthing stories of a nation divided.

Atlas Obscura Gems

Fairfax County boasts over 20% of Virginia’s Atlas Obscura listings. Discover the Styrofoam wonder of Foamhenge, the remnants of Nike Missile Sites, and the mesmerizing water sculptures in Falls Church. These hidden jewels offer a glimpse into the quirky heart of Northern Virginia.

Technological Twists

For tech enthusiasts and fun-seekers, Fun Land of Fairfax combines arcade games, go-karts, and more in a non-stop adventure. Or experience the future with an autonomous shuttle ride in the Mosaic District. And don’t miss Bowlero for a retro-inspired bowling night with a twist.

Selfie Spots with a Twist

Capture your unique Northern Virginia moments with selfies at unconventional spots like a giant watering can in Alexandria or amidst the quirky art of Eden Center. These locations offer a fresh perspective on the region’s charm.

Culinary Curiosities

Finally, no exploration is complete without savoring the flavors of the region. Eden Center in Falls Church transports you to a world of Vietnamese delights, offering an immersive cultural and gastronomic experience.

Northern Virginia’s unique destinations offer many hidden quirks and unforgettable sights. Spend a weekend or more uncovering its secrets, and rest assured, your adventures through its most unusual and charming spots will be our little secret. Happy exploring!