Manassas, Virginia, is the ideal choice for your next vacation or staycation. Barely an hour from Richmond and Washington, D.C., this charming main street American city is the perfect destination for your next trip or outing. Here are the top five things to make sure you do during your visit.
Explore historic sites
Initially, history is what attracts visitors to Manassas. In 1852, railways were completed linking Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., with the Shenandoah Valley and Richmond, creating the settlement known as Manassas Junction. This settlement would go on to become a key strategic point during the Civil War and beyond. With a variety of historical sites and museums in Manassas, learning about history is a must-do when you visit.
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Enjoy a modern beat
Delight in arts and culture during your visit it Manassas. An internationally acclaimed ballet, a world-class performing arts venue modeled after one in Spain, an arts center made possible by philanthropy, public art installations, an outdoor pavilion in the center of downtown, local galleries and shops catering to the arts and a museum undergoing a major remodeling and expansion (grand reopening in 2023) all underpin this community’s commitment to the arts. Check out the Manassas calendar of events with offerings across all genres and styles.
Eat, drink and be merry
Global cuisine is abundant in this community, where the food is as diverse as the people who live here. From Ethiopian, Italian and Greek to South and Central American, Indian and Thai — the list is endless. Manassas restaurants have something for every palate. Be sure to take full advantage of the local watering holes as well, including breweries, taverns, distilleries, a wine bar and even a tequileria.
Shop till you drop
Manassas is a regional retail center. With so many independently owned brick-and-mortar shops in Manassas, visitors can spend an entire day wandering through shops, many of them staffed by the owners who pride themselves on their unique inventory and customer service.
Experience the many outdoor activities that Manassas has to offer. From mini golf and pools to walking trails and dog parks, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Also, just outside the city limits is the Manassas National Battlefield Park, which attracts more than a million visitors each year. Locals love walking the hallowed grounds for recreation and travelers from around the world come to learn about United States history.
How to visit
To learn more and plan your trip to Manassas, check out VisitManassas.org. The staff and volunteers at the historic Manassas visitor center are also here to help. Stop by to see them in the Train Depot at 9431 West St. or call 703-361-6599.