- See also: Rail travel in the United States
Lorton is the northern terminus of the Amtrak Auto Train which carries passengers and automobiles between Sanford, Florida and Lorton, effectively serving as a car-rail link from the Washington, D.C. Metro Area to Orlando. 1 Lorton station is located on 8006 Lorton Rd. The station, which opened in 2000, features a large waiting area with high glass walls, a small gift shop, snack bar, and a children's playground. There is one long low level platform designed for Auto Train boarding and 6 vehicle ramps for boarding vehicles onto the 20+ autoracks that are on the Auto Train. Lorton is also served by Virginia Railway Express (VRE) which has runs commuter trains from Washington, D.C and Fredericksburg. Confusingly, VRE does not share station with Amtrak but uses the 2 Lorton VRE station, located on 8990 Lorton Station Blvd, about a mile north.
Vamoose Bus, a privately owned company, provides daily transportation to/from the Lorton VRE Station parking lot and Penn Station in New York City.
Historic landmarks include:
- 1 Gunston Hall. The Colonial estate of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights.
- 2 Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
- 3 Mason Neck State Park.
- George Washington Memorial Parkway (part).
- 4 Pohick Church. Historic Episcopal church affiliated with major figures in Virginia history; George Washington and George Mason both had administrative roles there
- 5 Belvoir. Formerly George Fairfax's home, and now Fort Belvoir Army Corps of Engineer base
- Cranford Church.
- 6 Woodlawn Plantation. A former part of Mount Vernon
- 7 Mt. Vernon. George Washington's Home on the Potomac River lie just to the North.
- 8 Pohick Bay Regional Park.
- 9 National Museum of the United States Army. Planned to open in 2020
Gunston Plaza Shopping Center is the largest shopping center in the vicinity. The plaza includes a medical clinic, space for several business offices, grocery, restaurants, gymnasium, a senior citizen's center, and a number of shops and the post office.
It's a little known fact that Lorton is the headquarter city for Five Guys, a nationally-recognized hamburger/hotdog chain with locations all over America.
- Gennaro's Restaurant, 8170 Silverbrook Road, Phone: 703-690-7901.
- Hong Kong Cafe, 9441 Lorton Market Street, Phone: (703) 372-1577.
- Polo Grill Restaurant & Tap Room, 7784 Gunston Plaza. Phone (703) 550-0002. CLOSED. Now International House of Pancakes.
- Las Colinas Restaurant, 7718 Gunston Plaza, Lorton, Virginia, ☏ . Outstanding Mexican food.
- Fireside Grill, 9000 Lorton Station Blvd, Lorton, VA 22079, ☏ . Good but pricey food.
- Skinifatz Restaurant & Nightclub, 10712 Richmond Highway. Phone: (703) 550-9252.
- 1 [formerly dead link] Comfort Inn Gunston Corner, 8180 Silverbrook Road, ☏ . Complimentary shuttle service to and from Springfield Metro station, free daily hot breakfast and free internet access.
- Boneyard Inn, 5941 Kentia Trail. Phone: (703) 550-9022.
- Hunter Motel & Restaurant, 8100 Loisdale Road. Phone: (703) 339-5400.
|Routes through Lorton|
|Washington, D.C. via ← Springfield ←||N S||→ Woodbridge → Richmond|
|Washington, D.C. ← Mount Vernon ←||N S||→ Woodbridge → Richmond|
|Fredericksburg ← Woodbridge ←||SW NE||→ Springfield → Washington, D.C.|