Fairfax County offers so much shopping, you could plan an entire trip around all the stores you need to hit! Whether you're looking for a good old-fashioned department store, or the latest and greatest trends in fashion, or even some quirky antiques at the local thrift shop, you won't have a hard time finding what you need. Here are some ideas to start you on your way.

The East Coast's largest concentration of shopping outside of Manhattan is in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Here you'll find Tysons Corner Center, Tysons Galleria, and Fairfax Square.

  • Tysons Corner Center, the largest of all the malls, holds about 400+ shops, including the nation's very first Apple store, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, Kiehl's, American Girl, The Art of Shaving and more. Tysons Corner Center also features an AMC theater, fine dining, casual dining and and special events that coordinate with the holidays or store specials.
  • Tysons Galleria, located across Chain Bridge Road from Tysons Corner Center, features high-end, luxury fashion and designer choices. With stores ranging from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to Tory Burch, Gucci, Chanel and Versace, you can certainly have a dream shopping spree here. Also on premises are some delicious restaurants such as Legal Seafoods and Maggiano's. 
  • Fairfax Square is caddycorner to Tysons Corner Center and is the small but powerful addition to the Tysons-area shopping district. Ladies can enjoy a girls' day out with a trip to Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, and browse Hermès or Tiffany's before grabbing an exquisite meal at Chef Geoff's.
If you're looking for options outside of the Tysons-area, you can find quality shopping experiences stretching from one end of the County to the other. There are many mixed-development town centers that offer a multitude of options while enjoying the nice weather.
  • The closest shopping to Washington Dulles International Airport is the incomparable Reston Town Center, which from its beginning set the standard for the many pedestrian-friendly open-air town centers that thrive in the country today. Reston Town Center features many stores and dining options, as well as spectacular events all throughout the year, including food and wine festivals, holiday parades and tree lightings, and a huge ice skating rink from November through March.
  • Fairfax Corner, located just around the corner from Interstate 66 in Fairfax, Virginia, is another great option for pedestrian-friendly outdoor shopping. You'll find everything from high end steakhouses to homemade cupcakes to a giant interactive fountain and movie theater, as well as some exceptional boutiques.
  • Mosaic District rounds out the list of great pedestrian-friendly mixed development spaces and is also the newest member of the Fairfax County shopping family. Located in Merrifield, Virginia, you can see a film at the Angelika Film Center (while you enjoy some gourmet popcorn or a cold beer), and then head to lunch or dinner at one of the new restaurants. Don't forget to browse the great variety of shops (olive oil and bread tasting, anyone?), pick up a delicious espresso and gelato, or stay and lounge on the grass while watching a free movie on Angelika's big outdoor screen.
And of course, you can always count on the traditional, but premier shopping malls to do the trick when you're in need of a few items from multiple stores. 
  • In addition to Tysons Corner Center, you can visit Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia for all of your shopping needs. Here you can find nearly 200 specialty stores ranging from Michael Kors to New York and Company to Pottery Barn. There is also a fine selection of dining, coffee and dessert shops, as well as a number of special events throughout the year.
  • Springfield Mall is currently under construction and will soon be re-opening as a newly reimagined Springfield Town Center featuring a pedestrian-friendly plaza, many stores and dining and much more. Estimated opening in mid-2014.
 Fairfax County also has many thrift and antique shops that offer great deals on those hard-to-find character pieces. If its local food and produce you're shopping for, don't forget to check out the multitude of farmers markets that happen seasonally throughout the County.