Destination Overview

“Timeless.” That’s the perfect description of the Fredericksburg area. Composed of Spotsylvania and Stafford Counties, and the City of Fredericksburg, the area showcases its Colonial and Civil War era history while offering the excitement of modern day sophistication.

The area’s rich history can be defined by the presence of three U.S. presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Washington came as a child to Ferry Farm in Stafford with his family. Legends from his youth, the home he bought for his mother, his sister’s plantation home, the house his brother built and later operated as a tavern are all here. Jefferson made his mark in Fredericksburg by writing the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom, which became the basis for the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. And, James Monroe began his illustrious career of public service as a lawyer in the bustling town of Fredericksburg.

Other famous visitors came with a different mission. Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, Ambrose Burnside and thousands of Union and Confederate troops came to contest the area in some of the Civil War’s most bitter battles.

There are four well-preserved Civil War battlefields—Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House that allow the visitor to experience the life of brave soldiers, such as seeing the trenches they once stood in. Many Civil War museums in the area showcase a vast collection of relics such as canteens, bowls and weapons such as bayonets, mortar shells and swords. Aside from history, the region includes toprated golf courses, art galleries and downtown districts for visitors to enjoy the abundance of outdoor activities, dining and shopping. Golfing, fishing, hiking, birdwatching and the city’s close proximity to the Rappahannock River and Lake Anna, the second largest lake in Virginia, beckon visitors to see the area’s natural beauty. More than 100 boutiques, antique shops, and a varied menu of dining establishments, concentrated in Old Town Fredericksburg, entice shoppers to experience the walkability of a charming small town. From suburban to rural, from historic to modern, the Fredericksburg Area offers visitors a wide range of choices: choices in where to shop and where to dine, choices in recreation and culture.


The Fredericksburg area stands midway between Washington D.C. and Richmond, approximately one hour away from each city. Below is mileage from surrounding cities.

48 miles from Washington, D.C.
53 miles from Richmond
83 miles from Baltimore
172 miles from Philadelphia
251 miles from New York City


Interstate 95 offers automobile travelers easy access to the region.  Two major international airports and regular passenger railway service, Amtrak or Virginia Railway Express, are also readily available.
Downtown historic area 3-4 miles off I-95.
Washington Dulles International, Washington Reagan National, and Richmond International Airports are within one hour of the region.
Four Major Battlefields less than 10 miles off I-95.


Moderate year-round temperatures and four full seasons of sun, beautiful fall foliage and winter’s chill offers visitors different experiences throughout the year.

Below are the average monthly temperatures (°F)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Hi 45 49 58 69 77 85 90 88 81 70 59 49
Low 23 25 33 41 51 60 65 63 56 43 34 27


The Fredericksburg area boasts nearly 100 accommodations to choose from including hotels and motels with many major chains represented throughout the region. Bed and breakfasts offer visitors a unique blend of southern hospitality and quintessential quaintness you just can’t find anywhere else. For the adventurous spirit, full-service campsites are conveniently located near Lake Anna, which give easy access to recreational activities such as fishing, boating, watersports and camping–great for back-to-nature experience.


Visitors will discover a variety of one-of-a-kind restaurants, where you’ll often find the owner/chef in the kitchen preparing your meal. Let Shrimp Sidney, Ahi Tuna and Blackened Salmon whet your seafood appetite. Or indulge in a heaping portion of grilled chicken or New York Strip Steak. It’s all here. Choose from a diverse array of cuisines including Italian, Mexican, American, European, even Cajun. After your meal, treat your sweet tooth to Carl’s Frozen Custard, renowned soft frozen custard featured on the Food Network and PBS. The area’s proximity to DC also plays a key factor to dining elegantly, sophisticated as well as comfortable.

In-Town Travel

Car, taxi, trolley service are available. Additionally, Fredericksburg Regional Transit (FRED) provides public transportation throughout the Fredericksburg Region. FRED is ADA compliant and is equipped with wheelchair lifts.

Visitor Information

Department of Economic Development and Tourism
City of Fredericksburg
706 Caroline Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 373-1776 or 1-800-260-3646

The Fredericksburg Area, which includes the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Spotsylvania and Stafford, is a classic blend of modern life with small town charm. The area is conveniently located along I-95, between Washington and Richmond and is unlike any other in America. The city of Fredericksburg features a variety of chef-owned restaurants, numerous art galleries, a wide range of specialty shops, and one of America’s most authentic, historic downtowns. Stafford is host to George Washington’s boyhood home, Ferry Farm and Belmont, the residence of famous artist Gari Melchers. Spotsylvania is not only the site of 4,400 acres of Civil War battlefields; it also boasts the beautiful Lake Anna Winery. The Fredericksburg Area rests on the banks of the picturesque, pristine Rappahannock River. For more information: www.VisitFred.com or call 1-800-654-4118.

Last Updated:
December 18, 2018