5 based on 21 reviews
Quantico National Cemetery is located in Triangle, Virginia near the Quantico Marine Base. The Marine Corps donated the land in 1983 to establish a national cemetery. In addition to the grave sites, there are nine memorials such as the Purple Heart Memorial. At the administration building, there is an electronic gravesite locator in the kiosk located in the breezeway of the building. This locator is available to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. The cemetery’s well-manicured grounds add to the beauty of the final resting place for veterans. There is a section that honors those veterans whose remains have not been found, were buried at sea, cremated or donated to science. It reminds me of a miniature Arlington National Cemetery. Take Exit 150 from I-95 (Triangle) and follow the signs.
4.5 based on 157 reviews
A beautiful park located on the Potomac River that offers historical sites and recreation facilities.
Leesylvania is a little gem of a park. Almost within city limits proper, yet you feel you are deep in the hills. Lots of large, covered picnic facilities as well as open-air spots and tables. We have attended many a family, church and Scout events here, and there always seems to be open areas for "drop-ins" among the reserved areas.
Sits right on the Potomac. Nice "wharf" and boating area, including ramps. Sheltered pier area, but I don;t know about overnight facilities for boaters. Plenty of convenience stores and gas stations within 5 minutes' drive for last minute supplies and "OOPS! forgot the ice!"
Wildlife is a plenty...you will see deer rather often.
Fishing is allowed from the wharf.
Several good eatieries such as Tim's Rivershore Crabhouse and chain restaurants if you burn the burgers.
Swimming and jet-skis are allowed.
Entrance fee is reasonable.
OUTSTANDING spot for watching fireworks on 4th of July, or Tim's Rivershore Annual "Not On The 4th" fireworks...almost an hours' worth of spectacular show, given the weekend PRECEDING the 4th. The river is FILLED with spectator boats.
Rangers make regular rounds. Safe and Secure.
Nearby attractions include the Marine Corps Museum (free...open year-round except for Christmas Day) just 5 miles south on Route 1.
For train buffs, there is a large trestle bridge crossing Neabsco bay. The former Richmond, Fredricksburg and Potomac RR mainline, it is now CSX, AMTRAK and VIRGINIA RAILWAY EXPRESS traffic that comes by about every 5-10 minutes.
5 based on 965 reviews
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action. Admission and parking are always free.
This was my 2nd time going! It is just plain awesome even if you have no ties to the USMC. Plan on a day. It is in a timeline format and you work your way around and up through history. Talk to the people in the Green Shirts as various stations! We got our own little history lesson on Iwo Jima and the actual flag that was flown there. There is a art gallery up stairs done by Marines!
The museum is expanding too to include more Iraq and Afghanistan wars history. We got a "sneak" preview...took a wrong turn...LOL
Also...try the Rifle Range!
4 based on 198 reviews
I've been a few times this year. One time I went there was a wedding occurring, it was just beautiful!! Another visit was for murder mystery dinner, that was amazing! We had a wonderful time. I'm not a drinker so anyone can come and enjoy a wonderful lunch. This is slightly costly for the average folk but its worth it!!
4.5 based on 10 reviews
I've been to this Park several times before, but it's not the easiest to find. Really back in the "Boonies" - no real landmarks to go by. In fact, there wasn't even a sign telling you this was a Park until about 5 or 6 years ago.The parking lot is on the left off of Liverpool Point Road - small lot. Once turning onto Liverpool Point Road, you drive approx. 3 - 4 miles and you'll see the Park sign. Once parked - cross the road and follow the trail for about 3/4 of a mile down to the shoreline. Fossil hunting is a big draw here - loads of shark teeth and apparently 4 different kinds of crocodile teeth to find. The fossils here date to around 60 million years ago - during the Paleocene Period. Best to go with a group if you do go as this Park is very remote and their is no staff here. The Park comes under the control of Smallwood State Park to the North of Purse, but I've never seen a ranger or Park staff person here. Enjoy!
4.5 based on 12 reviews
Visitors to the Weems-Botts Museum will learn about historic Dumfries, the oldest chartered town in Virginia. Colonial Dumfries had a thriving port - rivaling New York, Philadelphia, and Boston - located on a deep water harbor, which no longer exists. The tobacco trade led to the development of Dumfries and its position as the social, political, and economic center of Prince William County in the Colonial and Revolutionary periods. Visitors will also learn about the people who used the building, which dates back to the 18th century, including: Parson Weems, author of George Washington's first biography and originator of the cherry tree story; Benjamin Botts, a lawyer and defense attorney for Aaron Burr during his infamous treason trial; and the Merchant family, who lived in the house from 1869-1968. Tour offered hourly May-October (First tour at 11am - last tour at 3pm). Tours by appointment only November-April. Park open year-round dawn to dusk.
Interesting place - Parson Weems who wrote the biography of Washington (cherry tree, etc.) was the Weems. Benjamin Gaines Botts who died in The Great Richmond Theater Fire and was VP Aaron Burr's attorney in the treason trial was the Botts. The house is reportedly haunted, by the way
4.5 based on 2 reviews
The widening of Route 234 in Prince William County Virginia resulted in the home of former slave Eppa Lee Barnes was moved from Independent Hill to an area next to the Montclair Community Library in Dumfries. VA. This house may be the only house remaining as an example of a Pre-Civil War home owned by an African-American family. Eppa Barnes and his wife Amanda Barnes raised 12 children in this house. The house has two fireplaces and plank entrance doors, and is an example of a Tidewater frame, a simpler version of the English Georgian-style house. Once renovation is completed, plans are to use it as a resource of the history of Prince William County through interpretive programs of post-Civil War life, and as a location for special community events.
4.5 based on 112 reviews
Park that offers campsites and recreational programs for families and children.
The Visitor Center is informative and the staff is helpful. There is a very nice Scenic Drive that is about 9.5 miles. The roadway is one way for much of the drive to allow plenty of space for bikers and hikers. There are camping areas and plenty of parking locations along the drive.
4 based on 397 reviews
Potomac Mills is Virginia’s largest outlet mall and features an indoor shopping experience with over 200 stores, including Bloomingdale's-The Outlet Store, Last Call by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Nordstrom Rack and Nike Factory Store. The new Neighborhood 1 Fashion District offers a collection of upscale brand name outlets and also includes amenities such as plush seating areas. From apparel for the whole family to handbags and home furnishings, our shops feature the looks you love for less! When you need a respite from power shopping, catch a movie at the AMC Potomac Mills 18 Theatres (with IMAX), refuel at Starbucks or grab a bite to eat at one of the center's 25 eateries. Conveniently located immediately off of I-95, Potomac Mills serves the thriving Washington, DC / Northern Virginia region and also welcomes guests from all over the world.
What can I say?, it’s a big shopping experience. Seems to be always safe with plenty of parking. A lot of “outlet stores “ but prices don’t seem particularly cheap. Good place to stroll and people watch- it’s a mini UN.
4 based on 135 reviews
If you're looking for a low stress place to get away from the hectic pace of northern VA, take a stroll through the park's woodlands, boardwalks and natural trails. Along the way you will observe aquatic and native plants, birds and other wildlife. The 1.5 mile trail is easy to navigate and parts are handicap accessible. This former quarry was used to provide sandstone for construction of our U.S. Capitol and White House. It's a place in history you should visit!
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