McLean is another city on this list that is close to Washington, DC and located in Fairfax County. Among other reasons to choose McLean, VA as a place to call home, McLean has an extremely low crime rate. The almost 50,000 people that live in the city feel generally safe when strolling along shopping or attending the local McLean Farmer’s Market. On the weekends there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors and natural scenery in McLean. There are three great places: Great Falls Park, Scott’s Run Nature Preserve and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. There is also a neat park for children called . This park is offered for free along with free parking as an amenity to local residents. The highlight is the fully functioning carousel which is fun for all ages. The Alden Theatre is also a local favorite for enjoying live music, theatre or musicals.
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