Brothers and Sisters in Arms

 A Military Tour of Northern Virginia


Your group will experience the immense pride Northern Virginia has in the United States armed forces. Home to Marine Corps Base Quantico and Fort Belvoir, your group will be immersed in the history of the Marine Corps and Army at their respective museums, as well as hear the incredible stories of other service members. Your group will return home with a greater sense of patriotism after their moving experience here in Northern Virginia!

Outdoor event at the National Museum of the Marine Corps

Day 1

Start your tour with an experience at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Uncover the history of the Corps, test your skills as a Marine, and get insight into the lives of those who fight for our freedom. During your visit, see the incredible Gene Hackman-narrated film “We, The Marines” to get an unparalleled view into the experiences of Marines from boot camp through modern warfare training. Enjoy lunch at Devil Dog Diner, a cafeteria-style eatery, or Tun Tavern, a replica of the Philadelphia tavern where the Marine Corps was established.

Iwo Jima Flag at National Museum of the Marine Corps

Your next stop is the National Memorial Cemetery at Quantico where you will pay your respects with a private flag placing experience at the graves of veterans whose remains were previously forgotten. Hosted by the Missing in America Project, their mission is to find, identify, and provide full military burial for these now-remembered heroes.

Military Reunion group touring Quantico National Cemetery

The day will continue with dinner at The Harbour Grille. While enjoying the view of the marina, sample from menu items such as lump crab cakes with sweet potato fries, grilled salmon with crispy parmesan polenta, or a certified Angus ribeye. There is nothing like enjoying surf and turf along the water!

Outdoor waterfront dining at the Harbour Grille

After dinner, check in to one of the many group-friendly hotels in Prince William, VA.

Day 2

Begin your day at your hotel, where you will have a presentation by a local military historian. You can even choose the topic that you think would engage your travelers the most! Topics range from national security and Marine Corps history to military strategy and all wars and conflicts the United States has been involved in.

Next, visit Rippon Lodge to learn about the former home of Admiral Richard Blackburn Black and his family’s history.  Built in 1747, Rippon Lodge is one of the oldest known homes in Prince William County. The Blackburns have a unique story to tell as it relates to our nation’s independence, which you will learn about during your visit.

Picture of a white historic house, known as Rippon Lodge.  Walkway with grass with a house set as backdrop.

The National Museum of the United States Army shines a unique light on the symbiotic relationship between the Army and society, highlighting the Army’s direct influence on our nation socially, technologically, scientifically, financially, and culturally. The Museum immerses visitors in 245 years of American Soldiers’ experiences. With its various galleries, 300+ degree multi-sensory theater, fully interactive Experiential Learning Center, cutting edge simulation and virtual reality experiences, shopping, and gourmet café, this incredible destination is exciting for guests of all interests and ages

Main entrance to the National Museum of the United States Army


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