Did you know that Chantilly was named after an early 19th century mansion and farm?
Best Way to Travel: Car
#1 Thing to Do: Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center
#2 Thing to Do: Sully Plantation
#3 Thing to Do: Dulles Expo & Conference Center
Fun Fact: Chantilly is home to Washington Dulles International Airport.
#1 Car Rental Company: Hertz
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is an annex to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum located in Chantilly. This center was built thanks to Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, a Hungarian immigrant, one of the owners of the International Lease Finance Corporation, a company which offers leasing for the air crafting corporations. The center opened in 2003 displaying 170 aircrafts and more than 150 large space and missile items. Among them: Enola Gay, the Boeing plane that dropped the first atomic bomb ever, in Japan, on the city of Hiroshima, the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the Gemini VII capsule, an Air France Concorde airliner, a rocket and the Gossamer Albatros - the first man powered plane to fly across the English Channel.
Sully Plantation is an old plantation from the 18th century completely restored to take you back to the era during its visitation. In the complete tour of the house you can see the way that people lived back then in the smallest details.
Ticonderoga Farms are family farms where you can learn how farm work is done, pick your own vegetables and in Christmas time even go and pick your own Christmas three and enjoy some time with Santa Clause among the other attractions the farms host.
The unincorporated community of Chantilly is in western Fairfax County in Northern Virginia, United States. The city of Chantilly offers ample entertainment and fun filled activities. You may also enjoy a comfortable stay in one of the luxurious hotels.
1. Visit the Sugarloaf Craft Festival: The main goal of the Sugarloaf craft festival is to offer a marketplace for the craftsmen and artists to directly sell their work to the people. The festival focuses on present-day arts and crafts and also exhibits fine folk art of the area.
2. Visit the Confederate Memorial: This memorial is located at Arlington National Cemetery. It is dedicated to honor the victims of the civil war. This 32 foot confederate memorial is located on the Far East side of the cemetery and features a woman crowned with olive leaves.
3. Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail: This Heritage Trail is an 800-mile network of paths that connect to a prominent outdoor phenomenon in the area of Chesapeake Bay. The visitors at the Potomac heritage trail can enjoy horseback and bike rides in some areas of the trail.
4. Visit National Memorial Park: The National Memorial Park is a scenic memorial cemetery that covers an area of 180 acres. The Memorial Park Cemetery is located just beside Arlington to the east near Chantilly in the small town Falls Church in Virginia.
5. Tour the Smithsonian Institution: This is one of the largest museum complexes in the world that houses 9 research centers and 19 museums in the central area of the city. The museums include the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History and National Museum of African Arts.