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Does Your County Have an IPhone App? Fairfax County Has a Cool One!

As of June 2010, there were over 292 million cell phones in use in the United States.  The population of the United States is approximately 310 million (and a bunch of those are children).  Imagine that!  A whole bunch of these phones are iPhones or other smart phones.

Their use is so prevalent today, that you've likely heard that "there's an app for that!"

I'm the first to admit that I'm an iPhone junkie and am often looking for the newest and greatest app to help me in my life and my business.  So last week, I was excited to learn from Barry Biggar, CEO of Visit Fairfax, that Fairfax County has its very own iPhone app!

Fairfax County iPhone App  Fairfax County iPhone App

The Visit Fairfax application helps you find nearby businesses, discover promotional offers and discounts and tells you about upcoming events at local destinations.  While the Fairfax County app was specifically developed with tourism in mind, it's a great tool for locals as well.  Whether you're visiting the area on business, already living here, or thinking about moving here, this iPhone app "gives you the goods" on Fairfax County!

There's several really cool functions.  Since learning about the app, I've been using it, and you should too!

Near Me uses your iPhone's GPS to detect a your location and generates a Google Map displaying  businesses and attractions in the vicinity.  Here's a screenshot of the "Near Me" page:

Visit Fairfax iPhone App

The Offers section provides a list of special promotions and businesses offering you discounts.  For example. you can be in Tysons Corner mall, pull up the app, find a discount and show your phone to the store to have the discount applied.  No need to print a coupon!  How cool is that?

Fairfax County iPhone App


Categories lets you search for local businesses and destinations by type such as "Dining," "Family Friendly" and "Nature & Outdoors."

There's an Events page to let you know about upcoming special events, fairs, exhibits, promotions, etc. going on through Fairfax County.  Here's a recent screenshot:

Fairfax County iPhone App

So, what are some of the big attractions in Fairfax County?

How about:

Did you know that Virginia ranks #8 in the number of dollars coming in from tourism?  Up from #14 just 3 years ago!  Maybe this app will play a part in increasing Virginia's ranking even more!

Download the Visit Fairfax/Fairfax County App today from iTunes and please let me know how you like it.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBrian Block • March 29 2011 08:18AM


 Well it is one of the richest Counties in the USA. Plenty of money to create cool things. Howard County is number 3 so I hope they do one soon too.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) about 7 years ago

It's obvious to me that Fairfax County discriminates against Prince William County.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Brian - how I love my iPhone! So much so that I am going to be purchasing an iPad2!!!

Flying into DC tomorrow & hope to see everyone on Friday!!! Did Pat Kennedy contact you???

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 7 years ago