Begin your historic adventure at Manassas National Battlefield where the American Civil War began. Plan a self-guided hike through the 40+ miles of trails that weave throughout these hallowed grounds and recount the steps the soldiers took. Offering guided tours daily, you can also choose to accompany one of the Park Rangers on a tour or take a self-guided driving tour through the 5,000+ acre park. A short drive away stop by Ben Lomond Historic Site & Old Rose Garden where not only can you find the largest public antique rose garden in Virginia, but you can also see, hear and smell what a Civil War hospital would have been like during the Civil War. The interactive experience at this historic site has proven to be fun and educational for visitors of all ages. Wrap up your day exploring the county seat of Prince William County during the Civil War, Brentsville Courthouse Historic Center.
Set out on a self-guided hike or bike through Prince William Forest Park where you can explore rustic cabins once used by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II for spy training! The largest green space in the metro area, this park offers visitors a unique variety of outdoor recreation and glimpse into American history just 30 miles outside of Washington D.C. Next, head over to the Weems–Botts Museum located in Dumfries, Virginia's oldest chartered town, the museum is often referred to as one of the most haunted site in Virginia. Once home to Parson Weems, the biographer for George Washington, today the museum is rumored to have a flurry of paranormal activity. Cap off your day at the National Museum of the Marine Corps., a fully immersive experience--using sight, sound, touch, and movement to tell the story of the U.S. Marines throughout American history.