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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mexican Restaurant
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“Tyson I is good families and normal stuff. Tyson II is good for high end luxury goods. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Upscale Mall. Must see all of the top brands and designer. The mall also has very nice restaurants incl PF Chang's, Lebanese Taverna, Cheesecake Factory, etc.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“This park is beloved by both adults and children. My children grew up riding this carousel weekly especially during the summers. It is also a home to resident artists, a thriving social dance venue called Spanish Ballroom with drop in classes followed by actual dancing in front of a live band, numerous art studios and galleries, photography classes, and children’s theatre. There are also free summer concerts, festivals, and special events making it a premier Washington area amusement park.”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This place is a little further (Tysons, as opposed to the above being all within a mile). ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great spot for Happy Hour/drinks. Full meals also served. Free parking across the street above the Hyatt hotel.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Looking for some good, fast casual food... check out District Taco. The locals eat here quite often (as do we).”
  • 8 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Tysons Corner Center is our typical mall that has stores like, Forever 21, H&M, Sephora, Aldo, Express, UNIQLO, and Barnes and Noble, among many others. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“One of the best malls in the area and is about 20 minutes of driving. Definitely worth the visit!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Irish Pub
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“Irish Inn has Irish Music on Mondays, pop music on Wednesdays and jazz on Sundays. There is also an old restored carousel on the premises and Spanish ballroom where they have social dances and offer beginner lessons. Lots of daytime activities for kids.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great happy hour with live music, at the Tysons Corner metro/shopping center. The place to be seen for happy hour and business dinners.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Hike a short distance with some hills to the Potomac River for a beautiful view. The river is SWIFT! No wading!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Diner
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“Exactly what you would expect from a diner. Good, no-frills food with busy waitresses. Expect longer waits on weekends. Solid breakfast with free coffee refills.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Parking
“THE spot to go when you need some retail therapy. Between Tyson’s Corner Center (aka Tysons I) and the Galleria (aka Tysons II), you’ll find what you need. Tysons I is home to outposts of most national brands, an AMC movie theatre, and a large food court, while Tysons II caters to high-end shopping (think Cartier, Burberry, and Versace).”
  • 42 locals recommend
Route
“High-end upscale fashion from Gucci to Chanel. If you are looking for luxury, this is it!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“About 20-30 miles away. A Kansas-city based steak restaurant, offering only dry-aged, grilled steaks. Side dishes and appetizers are amazing. My favorite steak house in Virginia and DC.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

American Restaurant
“This place is a little further (Tysons, as opposed to the above being all within a mile). ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Great spot for Happy Hour/drinks. Full meals also served. Free parking across the street above the Hyatt hotel.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Taco Place
“Looking for some good, fast casual food... check out District Taco. The locals eat here quite often (as do we).”
  • 8 locals recommend
Irish Pub
“Irish Inn has Irish Music on Mondays, pop music on Wednesdays and jazz on Sundays. There is also an old restored carousel on the premises and Spanish ballroom where they have social dances and offer beginner lessons. Lots of daytime activities for kids.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Diner
“Exactly what you would expect from a diner. Good, no-frills food with busy waitresses. Expect longer waits on weekends. Solid breakfast with free coffee refills.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great happy hour with live music, at the Tysons Corner metro/shopping center. The place to be seen for happy hour and business dinners.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Parking
“THE spot to go when you need some retail therapy. Between Tyson’s Corner Center (aka Tysons I) and the Galleria (aka Tysons II), you’ll find what you need. Tysons I is home to outposts of most national brands, an AMC movie theatre, and a large food court, while Tysons II caters to high-end shopping (think Cartier, Burberry, and Versace).”
  • 42 locals recommend

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