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Six Things We Don't Have in Northern Virginia

Northern Virginia has a lot to offer.  That's for sure!

  • Great job market
  • Educated population
  • Access to 3 major airports
  • High per capita income
  • Lots of cultural activities
  • Close to Washington D.C.


Yet, there's some things that we don't have in Northern Virginia.  Yes, despite great cultural diversity and something for almost everyone, young, old and in between, there are some things that just aren't offered in our region.

I've thought of at least six.  Feel free to comment or e-mail me with others.

Here you go:

No Rodeos in Northern Virginia1.  Northern Virginia does not have rodeos.  I know you're sorely disappointed about this one.  However, on most days you can turn on ESPN2 and catch somebody riding a bull or throwing a lasso.  If you're really gearing to be there as the boots are kicking up dirt, you can drive down to Dugspur, VA (about 5 1/2 hours south of D.C., but still in Virginia) and see a Virginia Rodeo!

It's not quite a rodeo, but you CAN ride a mechanical bull here in Northern Virginia at Lucky's Sports Bar and Grill in Alexandria.






Roller Coaster2.  Northern Virginia does not have a Disney theme park (but we almost did!)  Back in the early 1994, due to opposition (mostly because of potential traffic concerns), Disney scrapped its plans to construct Disney's America in Haymarket, Virginia.  It would have been a theme park celebrating America's history.  So for now, Virginians will have to settle with making pilgrimages to Orlando or Anaheim to see Mickey Mouse!  However, don't fret -- there are other theme parks within close driving distance in Virginia including:  Kings Dominion (near Richmond) and Busch Gardens (in Williamsburg), and an extensive regional park system throughout Northern Virginia with water parks, miniature golf, playing fields, etc.





No Skyscrapers in Northern Virginia3.  Northern Virginia does not have lots of skyscrapers.  While there are some taller buildings in such areas as Rosslyn and Ballston (in North Arlington), and in Tysons Corner, for the most part there's not lots of tall buildings here, especially when compared to other areas of the country (New York, Chicago, LA all come to mind).  In fact, the tallest building in all of Virginia is the recently opened Westin Hotel in Virginia Beach at 508 feet.  30 states have buildings that are taller than Virginia's tallest!

The Hoffman Towers, where construction has just started near the Eisenhower Metro in Alexandria, as part of the Hoffman Town Center will have a 396 foot tall apartment building, which when completed will be the tallest building in Northern Virginia.





No (Some) Earthquakes in Northern Virginia




4.  Northern Virginia does not have earthquakes. Until this past Summer, I would have thought this to be the case.  But on August 23, 2011, a 5.8 earthquake that originated in Mineral Virginia rocked our area.  Who would have thought?  Well, at least we don't have too many earthquakes!







No Casinos in Northern Virginia5.  Northern Virginia does not have gambling casinos. In fact, I don't believe there's a gambling casino anywhere in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.  It used to be that you had to head on up to Atlantic City, or fly out to Las Vegas to roll the dice, spin a wheel, play blackjack, enjoy the slots, or bet on black.  That's no longer the case as states have looked for other other forms of revenue and found casinos to be quite lucrative.  While Virginia may not have anywhere for you to double down, you can take a short drive to West Virginia where you'll find gaming-a-plenty at: Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races or The Casino Club at The Greenbrier.  Neighboring Maryland may soon have slot machines in several locations as well.





No Ocean Beach in Northern Virginia


6.  Northern Virginia does not have any ocean beaches. You can walk across the Potomac River (not sure you want to swim in it!)  You can visit a lake, a stream, or a pond.  You can go to the pool.  But in Northern Virginia you are not going to find an ocean beach.  Perhaps that's why weekend traffic can get so bad around here in the Summer -- Northern Virginians are heading north to Maryland and Delaware beaches, or south to Virginia Beach, and/or North Carolina.




Despite lacking the few things above, there are hundreds and hundreds of other wonderful things that Northern Virginia does have, making it a great place to call home.

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Comment balloon 6 commentsBrian Block • October 12 2011 08:01PM


Brian - what a creative spin on the pros/cons of Northern Virginia - and great alternates if people feel they are "missing out" on something!

Posted by Sharon Lord, New Home Advisor (Maracay Homes) over 6 years ago

We don't have casinos here in Hawaii also. Could be fun from time to time. Additionally, we don't have a lottery. Interesting post!


Posted by Lava Laure McElwee (First Island Realty, LLC) over 6 years ago

We DO have rodeos in Missouri, tornadoes, and Silver Dollar City.  May not be Disney World, but it's the next best thing.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions) over 6 years ago

And Northern Virginia does not have a guy in McLean/Arlington who posts about Prince William County.  Pure discrimination.

But we all already knew that...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Hey Brian, Long time no chat! We have beaches in Naples if you need to get away and Disney World is just a few hours up the road :) Hope you've had a SUPER year! :)

Posted by Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl (John R. Wood Properties) over 6 years ago

Hey, there is a rodeo in Orange County.  It happens every once a month during the summer, usually on Saturdays.  It is located on Rt 15 about 4 miles south of the Town of's about 2-2.5 hours from NOVA.

Posted by Pete about 6 years ago