"Richard Bland Lee to John Foster Dulles" Chantilly by grandmaR

Chantilly Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 76 photos

Latitude: 38.87 N, Longitude: 77.40 W

Chantilly is an unincorporated community located in western Fairfax County, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. and is named for a town in France. But since the late 50s it is mostl known as the home of WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL (IAD) Airport

The airport was named for John Foster Dulles, United States Secretary of State under Dwight D. Eisenhower. The airport was originally intended to be named "Chantilly International Airport", but due to the somewhat suggestive (for the time) lyrics of J.P. Richardson's (The Big Bopper) 1958 song "Chantilly Lace", the airport was named for Dulles instead. It serves as a major hub for United Airlines and a focus city for JetBlue Airways.

Chantilly is a long way away from us - getting to Dulles Airport is a major PITA for us or anyone north of D.C. Washington, DC is 26.9 miles away. The nearest city is Centreville, VA is the closest city - it is only 3.6 miles away. The closest larger city is Reston, VA (6.7 miles , pop. 56,407).

There are two other reasons that I might actually like to go to Chantilly. I read an article I read in the Washington Post in 1994 about the Richard Bland Lee house. I thought that might be interesting to visit if I was in the vicinity. The other tourist attraction is the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, an annex of the National Air & Space Museum.

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