Fairfax, Virginia is one of the metro D.C. area’s favorite cities. Not only is it conveniently located to the D.C. area, Fairfax has plenty to offer both residents and visitors alike. From its interesting historical sites to shopping opportunities to fine dining and more, there are few cities in the area that can match Fairfax’s appeal.

Fairfax is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Forbes Magazine recognized this when it ranked Fairfax as number 3 in its “Top 25 Places to Live Well” back in May, 2009. Fairfax is home to a strong public school system, a business environment that is tremendously friendly to new businesses and startups, and high performance in other areas such as a low crime rate.

The economy is strong in Fairfax. There are a large number of successful sole proprietorships, and major companies have a presence here as well. In addition, Fairfax is not far from D.C., making it an ideal bedroom community for those working in government or in businesses that support government.

There is never a shortage of things to do in Fairfax. In addition to enjoying the local restaurant fare, entertainment venues, and shopping opportunities, there are a number of interesting annual events. Each February, chocolate lovers from around the metro D.C. region assemble for the Chocolate Lovers Festival. During the spring on odd years, you can visit a Civil War re-enactment camp at the Blenheim estate, while during even years you can participate in a Historic Homes Tour. In April and May Fairfax is home to two separate arts festivals. During the fall, you can enjoy an Irish Festival as well as the Fall Festival. You can get into the holiday spirit during November and December with the Holiday Craft Show and the Festival of Lights & Carols.

When it comes to dining options, Fairfax has a wide selection to choose from. Among local favorites is Mazadar Kabob, featuring Middle Eastern fare. Jaipur Royal Indian Cuisine is home to some of the best Indian food in the region. If you are up for some seafood, you can check out Coastal Flats. The upscale Bellissimo offers Italian cuisine and is ideal for entertaining business clients or for a night out with that special someone. You will also find a variety of Turkish, Greek, Irish, and American fare in Fairfax.

Within the city limits there are 23 parks. That is quite impressive for a city of just six square miles. At Fairfax’s parks you will find plenty of picnic spots, pavilions, sports fields, and playground equipment. There are open spaces where you can breathe in a little fresh air, and there are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. You will even find horseshoe pits, as well as a barrier-free playground and accessible walking trail.

If you are looking for a model city that caters to its residents, look no further. Fairfax truly is one of the top places to live well, not only in the metro D.C. region but in the nation.