Leesburg, Virginia is located in Loudoun County in the fast growing region of Northern Virginia just outside Washington, DC. As more people have moved to the area, new residential and commercial projects have sprung up as well. But downtown Leesburg has a large and well-preserved historic district that's almost impressive enough to make you forget about suburbia only a few miles away. Many of the shops and restaurants are patronized by the commuters who travel everyday to Washington DC or the other corporate parks in Northern Virginia. Loudoun County isn't all suburbs though. The area features a bucolic landscape full of wineries and horse farms, so you can combine your trip to Leesburg with a scenic drive through the rolling hills with a view of the Blue Mountains out in the horizon.
Other Main Street areas nearby include Middleburg, which is also located in Loudoun County and if you're in the mood for something more urban, Reston, which is located in Fairfax County next door. Leesburg, in the heart of Loudoun County and on the edge of Northern Virginia's suburbia is approximately 40 miles northwest of Washington, DC. Leesburg's Main Street is King Street but Market Street and Loudoun Street, which intersect with King, have plenty of shops and restaurants as well. You can get to Leesburg from Washington by way of the Dulles Toll Road (and Greenway) or Virginia Route 7.
We start our tour of Leesburg, Virginia on the north end of the downtown Historic District. Here's a view of the zero hundred block of North King Street. We'll continue heading south on King Street. King Street is the primary Main Street for downtown Leesburg.
Along this stretch of King Street their are many businesses but not too much yet in the way of shopping or dining. What you will find though throughout all of downtown Leesburg are excellent examples of Classical Revival, Greek Revival, and Georgian architecture.
This historic shoe shop was restored into a restaurant that also serves coffee and wine. Next door is the headquarters of Leesburg's own newspaper, Lessburg Today.
Across the street is the Loudoun County Courthouse. Leesburg is the county seat of Loudoun County.
Here's another view of the Courthouse hiding behind the trees. The square that the Courthouse is located on takes up a prominent location along King Street.
The Lightfoot Restaurant is located in what was once the Peoples National Bank. Constructed in 1888, the building is an excellent example of the Romanesque Revival Style.
We come to the intersection of King Street and Market Street. The intersection forms the heart of downtown Leesburg as it's where the zero hundred blocks of both roads meet.
Continuing along South King Street, we come across several restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines. There's even a diner.
A view looking north along King Street. Dedona Manor, otherwise known as The Marshall House, is a large estate that was once home to former Secretary of State, George C. Marshall. Ida Lee Park is a Recreation Center that features two large pools, a fitness center, and other amenities.
Notice the zombie on the left? In that store's defense, it was close to Halloween when we took these pictures. The green sign on the right is in the shape of the Commonwealth of Virginia. I can't really explain the bear, but hey, why not!
More shops along King Street. On the left side of the picture is Pearson's Walk, an alleyway that leads back to the Town Hall parking garage.
Another shot looking north along King Street. The signs reflect a wide variety of places to eat in Leesburg. You can even visit a psychic. In the background, in front of the American flag is the Virginia flag.
A view of the southwest corner of the intersection of King Street and Loudoun Street.
And here's a view of the northeast corner of the intersection of King Street and Loudoun Street.
And just so it didn't feel left out, here's the northwest corner of the same intersection.
We now head east on Loudoun Street. Leesburg has a large variety of historic architecture that can even be found along its sidestreets.
Another view of the same stretch of Loudoun Street. You can even dine at a sidewalk cafe in this quiet part of town.
A view of Loudoun Street looking westbound back to King Street where we were previously.
A cozy park on Loudoun Street tucked between a parking garage and an office building on either side.
Here's the office building, containing Loudoun County offices. You'd expect to find that here since Leesburg is the county seat.
Across the street on Loudoun Street is Market Station, a large complex that features shops, restaurants, and other businesses. It also includes bathrooms and a Visitor Center.
Around the corner on Harrison Street is MacDowell Brew Kitchen, a large restaurant and bar.
Here's a view of their outdoor eating area. Notice the pink flamingos, gators, and even a palm tree? Maybe they want it to feel a bit more like Florida.
We now head back the way we came. This is a view of Loudoun Street on the west side of King Street.
Here's another view of the same stretch of Loudoun Street, this time looking east back towards King Street.
We continue west on Loudoun Street, which is home to many boutiques, gift shops, cafes, and other businesses.
Even on sidestreets like Loudoun Street, you still have benches, and even cobblestone sidewalks. In the distance you can see the rolling hills that this part of Virginia is famous for.
More boutiques and shops along Loudoun Street, this time in more modern looking buildings.
A book store occupies the store in the foreground. In the brick building in the background are other businesses.
Across the street is the Loudoun Museum, a complex that features several historic buildings. The Civil War Trails sign marks the location where General Lee began his march into Maryland towards Antietam, during the Civil War.
The brick building in the back center is the Leesburg Town Hall. The building on the right is the Town Hall Parking Garage. On the left is the Loudoun Musuem. In the bottom, left-hand corner is a sign, describing the 1862 Antietam Campaign.
A view looking down Wirt Street across from the Loudoun Museum.
More historic buildings along Loudoun Street. The one on the left houses a gift shop while the one on the right is part of the Loudoun Museum.
Another view of the gift shop from the previous picture. It sits on the intersection of Loudoun Street and Wirt Street.
An art gallery is located in this stone building on the far end of Loudoun Street.
We head back to King Street. This is a view looking north towards the intersection of King Street and Loudoun Street. As you can see, the attractions and other sites are well marked for visitors.
Here's another view of the Black Shutter Antique Center located on the southeast corner of the intersection of King Street and Loudoun Street.
One last picture before we go. This one of a store with a lot of merchandise in the front. We're at the southern end of the stretch of King Street where most of the shops and restaurants are located.
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