Much like people, every road, every highway, has its own personality...its own character

Area Information

The Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division is located at: 21400 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20166 approximately 30 miles outside of Washington D.C.


Sterling, VA is located just outside of Washington, D.C. Within driving distance of Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA and even New York City, Northern Virginia is rich in culture, history, nature, and diversity.

There is never a shortage of things to do in or around Northern Virginia. The Atlantic Ocean is 3 1/2 hours east - with Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay even closer - the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail are 1 1/2 hours west. There are the Smithsonian museums (most with free admission) and dozens of National Park Service historic sites, as well as other noted art galleries, reduced-price Smithsonian lectures, National events on the Mall, multiple stage theaters - from avant-garde to Shakespeare to musical theater - and movie theaters, as well as access to the visitors' galleries at Congress and the Supreme Court.

Shopping ranges from the five major malls in the area - including Tyson’s Corner and the newest at Dulles Town Center in Sterling - to small specialty shops, and from upscale shopping in Georgetown and the Fashion Center at Pentagon City, to deep discounts at Potomac Mills south of the City and Eastern Market in the heart of Washington, D.C.



Sterling, Virginia, combines the relatively lower prices of Loudoun County homes, with the easy access on the weekends, to the rest of the Washington, DC area. There are top-level public schools and private schools around the area, and thirty-four traditional in-State-tuition Colleges and Universities, in Virginia alone.

There are multiple public and private golf courses; County-operated recreation centers - including indoor pools, gyms, and classes; and walking/biking trails all over the area. You can take a dinner cruise down the Potomac River; visit the Washington Monument; ride an old steam locomotive; attend the Opera at the Kennedy Center; or visit a major network's Washington, D.C., news station.

Enjoy bicycling, running, skating and walking on the W&OD, the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad. The 100-foot-wide park has been called the “skinniest park in Virginia” and is 45 miles of paved trail, which runs through the urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia, including Sterling, VA and its neighboring cities. The 45 mile trail is also adjacent to 32 miles of gravel trail for horseback riding. It is an experience you won’t forget!

There are an unlimited number of activities geared to small children; multiple singles networks; as well as activities geared to older adults. Imagine happy hours for people with pets; two-week photography internships on Capitol Hill; and major conventions for most interests and professions - including transportation. (The Transportation Research Board's annual convention in January attracts 10,000 attendees to over 600 sessions - including Federal and State agency personnel, private sector and trade association employees; international professionals; academic researchers; and professors.) Live music venues all over the area, covering every form, type and nationality.

Embassies and Consulates for nearly every Country in the World are located minutes away. You can watch money being made at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, or make money by starting your own business with help from the Small Business Administration. You can attend school at night, or learn to sculpt, take swing or salsa dance classes and then dance the night away. You can join writers' groups or quilters' groups or act in local theater. The opportunities are endless, family life is abundant, and singles thrive. Come and expand your horizons in Sterling, Virginia…,“there’s something for everyone.”

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