Where is Leesburg, VA?
located in Loudoun County, in the Virginia Piedmont
between the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and
the Potomac River, 35 miles northwest of downtown
It was established in 1758, has a population of about 37,000
people, and is one of the fastest growing communities in
the country (population doubled between 1990 and 2001).
Leesburg celebrated it’s 250th anniversary
What about transportation?
Leesburg is 15 miles from Washington Dulles
International Airport and is also home to Leesburg
Executive Airport (Godfrey Field) a commercial and
general aviation facility. The Maryland Rail Commuter
Train offers service to and from Washington, D.C., from
Point of Rocks, Md., about 12 miles north of Leesburg.
The town is also accessible via the W&OD Trail, a hiking/biking
trail that runs from Arlington, through Leesburg and on
to Purcellville, Virginia, along the bed of the former
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, but also has
connecting trails into Washington DC and Maryland.
What other amenities are in that
Leesburg has an abundance of restaurant and shopping
options, but only occupies about a 12 square mile area.
The immediate surrounding area is rich with history
(particularly the Civil War), is one of the most popular
"antiquing" areas in the region, has a large number of
wineries, a booming equine community and more.
In addition, Washington DC is about a 40 minute drive or train ride
away, so Leesburg and the surrounding area are very
"family friendly" with lots of options beyond the
Cirque. It really is a wonderful and interesting area to
visit, and not just for the Cirque.
What about the cost of goods and services?
While the area has a lot to offer, the basic economics
of the Washington area means that prices are typical for
the region surrounding a larger USA city.
What about the host hotel?
Western Leesburg Hotel and Conference Center, 726
E Market Street, Leesburg,
be "Event Headquarters", combining hotel facilities with
"social" areas and event space. See more detailed
information and pictures of the hotel under the “Hotel
Info” link on our main page.
What is the best
way to transfer from the airport to the host hotel?
The hotel provides complimentary transport from and to
Dulles airport, but only between 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM.
You have to make those arrangements directly with the
hotel and you’ll need your flight number, time of
It’s best to call the hotel directly at 703-777-5573 to make
arrangements. If others are arriving at similar times,
you may have to wait for everyone to arrive so that
trips can be consolidated.
about camping? Are there campgrounds or campsites near
Unfortunately, there is really no camping near by. The
are a number of rustic campsites scattered along the
Chesapeake & Ohio (C&O) Canal National Park, which runs
along the Potomac River east of Leesburg. These
campsites could be 10 to 20 miles away, depending on
their location along the C&O.
The C&O Canal National Park runs all the way from Brunswick MD to
Washington DC, a distance of about 185 miles, and
includes a tow path that, while unpaved, is otherwise
Gambrill State Park in Maryland also
has camping available, but is located about 30 miles
north of Leesburg.
is the terrain like in the area, and what are the rides
In general, the terrain around the Leesburg area is best
described as "rolling hills". Not flat, but not really
what would be described as "hilly" either. The town of
Leesburg occupies just 12 square miles, is an old town
(250 years this year) with narrow roads, and is quite
congested. However, you can be out of town and in the
surrounding countryside pretty quickly. The best way to
do that is by using the W&OD bike path, which is about
1.5 miles from the hotel.
Most roads to the West are similar, and run through rolling
countryside and farm land. Roads to the East are a bit
flatter, and the area is much more developed and
“suburbanized”. We try to rourinely redesign the rides
and we will try to pick routes that have no major
What about shipping bikes to Le Cirque?
The host hotel can receive and store bikes that are
shipped there. We will have a portable work-stand and
basic tools at the hotel and available for loan.