Reston is a census-designated place in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. An internationally-known planned community founded in 1964, it was built with the goal of revolutionizing post-World War II concepts of land use and residential/corporate development in American suburbia.
Restonians can avail themselves of the many cultural activities in Washington, D.C., by driving 20 miles into the city or taking buses to connect to a Metro train. Two upscale shopping centers are located nearby in Tysons Corner, as well as the shops located throughout Reston and nearby Herndon. The Reston Town Center is home to many businesses, with high-rise and low-rise commercial buildings that are home to shops, restaurants, offices, a cinema, and a hotel. It comprises over 1,000,000 square feet of office space.
Reston has 55 miles of pathways that wind throughout the community. The centerpiece of Reston’s focus on nature is the Vernon J. Walker Nature Education Center. Walker Nature Center’s 72 acres of hardwood forest provide the setting for a picnic pavilion, campfire ring, and other facilities that support its outreach programs.
As a part of Fairfax County, Reston is served by Fairfax County Public Schools and a number of private schools. Reston also has several higher education resources, including a satellite campus of NVCC (Northern Virginia Community College), the University of Phoenix – Northern Virginia campus, and Marymount University – Reston Center.