Dale City is an unincorporated community in Prince William County. The community is roughly bounded by Hoadly Road to the northwest, Prince William Parkway to the north, Smoketown Road to the northeast, Gideon Drive to the east, and Cardinal Drive to the south.Dale City was the idea of a real estate developer Cecil Don Hylton. Many myths surround Hylton and his choice of names for the community. Many erroneously believe Hylton's middle name was "Dale". He actually chose the term because it aptly describes the "hills and dales" of the rolling Virginia Piedmont, where he developed the community. They began Dale City approximately 1 mile east of Interstate 95 and continued to build west towards Hoadly Rd
Each of the communities ends in 'dale'. The streets along Dale Boulevard (generally) proceed alphabetically when followed from East to West starting from Gideon Blvd. and ending at Hoadly Rd.. Most street names in each neighborhood begin with the first letter of the neighborhood. Dale City is near Potomac Mills Mall, the second largest shopping mall in Northern Virginia, and the largest outlet mall in the United States.
Across from the Nottingdale and next to the Mapledale communities is Andrew Leitch Park. This neighborhood park is home to Waterworks Waterpark. Some of the features at the water park include a beach pool entry, enclosed speed slide, circular open slide, three jungle walks, baby pool, beach volleyball, shade pavilions, and full-service concessions.