Introduction to McLean, Virginia
McLean, Virginia, in Fairfax county, is 5 miles SW of Bethesda, Maryland (center to center) and 9 miles W of Washington, District of Columbia. The town is considered part of the Washington metropolitan area.
McLean is a census-designated area in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia. The area was named after former publisher and owner of The Washington Post, John Roll McLean. He, along with the bankroll of French aristocrat Jean-Pierre Guenard and Stephen Benton Elkins, built the electrified Great Falls and Old Dominion Railway in 1906. The community was founded in the year 1910, at the time of the merging of the Lewinsville and Langley communities. The town of McLean is the home of the CIA's headquarters, which were set up in 1961.
McLean and nearby Attractions
- Arlington House
- Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Station
- Garfield Memorial Church
- Little Pimmit Run
- Great Falls Park
- Fort Marcy Park
Things To Do In McLean
From McLean one can visit Arlington House, Cherry Hill Farmhouse, Clara Barton House, and Falls Church. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm and the Discovery Creek Children's Museum are also within a radius of ten miles of the town. The local churches have some beautiful architectural features that are reminiscent of the bygone era. There are also a number of stunning streams and creeks including Little Pimmit Run, Scott Run, Dead Run, Bryan Branch, and Turkey Run. Langley Shopping Center, Chesterbrook Shopping Center, and McLean Shopping Center are a shopper’s paradise. In addition, the town hosts the 18th Century Market Fair, Fall Russian-Slavic Cultural Festival, and McLean Day celebrations every year.
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is close by.
McLean Higher Education
Keller Graduate School of Management, Inc. is the local institute of higher education. Other institutes nearby include Marymount University, American University, and Northern Virginia Community College.