Tysons Corner Culture

By Jun S.  Published Sep 7th, 2016



From its roots as a quiet rural crossroads, Tysons Corner has grown into a major business, financial and technological center. In 1962 developers built the Tysons Corner Shopping Center, one of the first supersized malls in the country, and from that point on its growth was explosive. Gleaming high-rise office buildings were quickly leased by major corporations, high-tech companies and defense contractors. The community is now the financial and business core of Fairfax County.

Its closeness to two major cities--Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland--means you have access to the best that both cities have to offer. The D.C. subway's new Silver Line goes straight from Tysons to the major neighborhoods and historic areas of Washington.

The original shopping mall still stands and was the first retail outlet for Apple, Pottery Barn and other well-known companies. The newer Tysons Galleria Mall is a collection of upscale boutiques and designer stores that rivals the ritziest shopping districts of Dallas or Beverly Hills. The community has attracted a range of top-flight restaurants, microbreweries and nightclubs. There are two wineries here, the Paradise Spring Winery and the Winery at Bull Run, where you can spend a day tasting fine wines and enjoying nature.

A favorite landmark is Wolf Trap, the outdoor performance arena built in 1971, where you can watch great performances on a grassy hill under the stars. The list of entertainers who have appeared here reads like a "Who's Who" of pop, rock, blues and classical legends. The Barns of Wolf Trap, located on the same 117-acre property, is a popular nightspot where you can have a cozy drink and hear live music in a converted 18th-century barn.

Tysons Corner is a dynamic, industrious community that has earned its affluence and enjoys it. Look beyond the high-rises and you'll see a good life here.