We needed a get-a-way! We needed to step away from life and go away for a quick weekend trip….just an overnight trip away. With just the typical weekend, we knew that our options were more limited and that we didn’t want to drive too far. We settled on a trip to Manassas, VA.
Manassas, Virginia sits about 37 miles outside of Washington, DC. It is the perfect distance for a quick day trip to or from the City and offers a variety of options for entertainment.
We started our time in Manassas with a stroll through downtown Manassas. The downtown area is only a few blocks. The area is full of quaint shops, stores and businesses. There is history in the buildings and structures all around this town.
The buildings are old and full of history and contain some amazing little shops. We especially loved the candle shop where we purchased quite a few candles at the Shining Sol Candle shop!
So many stores tempted us to make purchases. The Manassas museum is a small but free museum that is located near the downtown. It will walk you through the history of the area and the people of Manassas. They have some awesome artifacts that will intrigue everyone.
The town boasts the Harris Pavilion that plays host to various events, concerts, farmers markets and in the winter months becomes the towns ice skating rink. It is an area designed to meet the needs of the community.
For the Civil War Buff, the much famed Civil War Battlefield is located nearby. The Battle of Manassas (or The Battle of Bull Run depending on which side of the war you were on) is a great place to visit to get a little bit of historical knowledge. (Stay tuned for a future post about the battlefield.)
Downtown Manassas, Virginia is often overlooked as a travel destination but really does deserve a visit. The downtown has a charm that is hard to beat and will leave you with a smile on your face.
History and hiking can be found at the Washington Monument State Park.
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