census-designated place in Loudoun County, Virginia, USA

Sterling is in Loudoun County, Virginia, about 26 miles (42 km) west of Washington, D.C.. The population is approximately 41,000 people (2021).


Sterling, then Sterling Park or just "The Park", was founded in 1961 by the M.T. Broyhill & Sons Corporation, who bought nearly 2,000 acres of farmland. The homes were intended to be much cheaper than homes in Fairfax County, along with amenities and commuter trains carrying workers the half-hour to Washington.

Get inEdit

By carEdit

Virginia State Route 7 runs through Sterling. Sterling can also be reached from Interstate Route 66 by taking the Rt. 28, Sully Road exit North. Rt. 28 leads to Rt. 7, thence east to Sterling.

By planeEdit

  • 1 Dulles International Airport (IAD IATA) (Located partially in Sterling). Dulles International Airport is a hub of United, and offers service to many national and international destinations. Access, via major thruway, is best along Rt. 28 (Sully Road) and Rt. 267 (toll road), or the Dulles Access Rd. There is no rail service to this area, though a new MetroRail line is projected to open in 2020 within the general vicinity.    
  • Other nearby airports include National (DCA IATA), Baltimore/Washington International (BWI IATA), and Richmond (RIC IATA).

Private planes can land at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), 15 miles north-west of Sterling. Full service is available; runway length is 5,500 feet. Approach to JYO requires special procedures due to the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA). Contact Potomac Approach Control on 126.1 MHz.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Sterling (Virginia)

Bus service is provided by the Virginia Regional Transit Authority. It is called "7 to 7 on 7", meaning that buses run from 7AM to 7PM on Rt. 7.

Taxi and limo service are also available.

Major rental car companies can be found on the grounds of Dulles International Airport, with shuttles direct from the main terminal. There are also two Enterprise locations in Sterling, one on Virginia State Route 7 near the Fairfax County line, and one on Woodland Road near Claude Moore Park.


  • 1 Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Pkwy, +1 202 357-2200. Located near Dulles International Airport, this companion facility of the National Air and Space Museum houses air and spacecraft including an SR-71 "Blackbird" spy plane, a Concorde supersonic jet, and the space shuttle "Enterprise". It was also used as a filming location for Michael Bay's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Admission is free. Parking is available for $15/vehicle.    



  • Dulles Town Center Mall, at intersection of Rt. 7 and Rt. 28


  • Emilio's Brick oven pizza. 22207 Shaw Rd.
  • Don Corleone's Brick oven pizza. 21018 Southbank St.
  • O'Malley's Pub, 45425 Holiday Drive. American Irish pub.



Go nextEdit

  • Visit Washington, D.C.
  • The National Air and Space Museum has its incredible hangar-sized annex in next-door Chantilly.
  • See a performance at Wolf Trap.
  • Go to Civil War historic sites.
  • Visit wineries.
Routes through Sterling
WinchesterAshburn  W   E  RestonAlexandria
LeesburgAshburn  W   E  HerndonFalls Church

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