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NORTHERN VIRGINIA Old Town Alexandria EXPLORE From the venerable Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Arlington National Cemetery landmarks to the well-known John F. Kennedy Grave Site and Pentagon Memorial, visitors will get their fill of history as they honor our country’s heroes. Don’t miss the Netherlands Carillon in springtime as the tulip gardens come to life; with hilltop views stretching past the Potomac to the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S Capitol, the Carillon offers one of the best views in the area. NORTHERN VIRGINIA 84 I W O J I M A M E M O R I A L S TAT U E ( A R L I N G T O N ) : C A M E R O N D AV I D S O N / G O O D S T O N E I N N ( M I D D L E B U R G ) : J U M P I N G R O C K S P H O T O G R A P H Y SPLURGE K R I ST I N S U M M E R E R Just south of the day-to-day buzz of our nation’s capital, NORTHERN VIRGINIA exudes its own historical charm and cherished character. Immersed in the region’s rich history, urban skylines fade into rolling countrysides, encompassing everything you’d want in a getaway – whether its live entertainment and nationally acclaimed restaurants, iconic historic sites and quaint Main Streets or wine country and luxurious retreats ... or maybe a little of each. Iwo Jima Memorial Statue—Arlington Ready to feel like a million bucks? Treat yourself to a oncein-a-lifetime luxury experience at any number of charming venues, like the Goodstone Inn. This 18-room, 265-acre estate is minutes from wineries and will be remembered for its romantic English and French Country décor and culinary feats at their signature restaurant, The Conservatory. Create a bit of magic at the whimsical Inn at Little Washington; while it hasn’t changed much since George Washington’s day, the staff will exceed all your modern expectations with welcome cocktails, afternoon tea, champagne and more. Or try the Salamander Resort & Spa, a timeless destination with 168 rooms boasting scenic countryside views. Their spa treatments, private courtyard, heated pool, equestrian facilities and culinary program are just the beginning of your stay. Travel has never felt so luxurious! UNWIND REVEL Known as “DC’s Wine Country,” Loudoun County boasts more than 40 awardwinning wineries and tasting rooms, offering dozens of delicious varietals to tickle your tastebuds as you take in the scenic views. Use their Wine Trail Guide to plan your vino-filled adventure, resting your head at local inns and B&Bs along the way. Did you know that Loudon is also known as “horse country?” With the National Sporting Library and Museum, as well as horse trails, competitions, themed hotels and eateries and even horseback yoga, equestrians and enthusiasts have the perfect excuse for a long weekend getaway. For a night out on the town in Alexandria, you’ll find everything from live jazz and blues to country line dancing and live DJs spinning tunes. Visit The Birchmere, an intimate setting that’s hosted the likes of Johnny Cash and Esperanza Spalding. If you’re in Arlington, head to the Punch Bowl Social, located in the renovated Ballston Quarter Mall, where three floors of fun await. Four bars, scratch-to-craft restaurant and entertainment (mini and full-size bowling, karaoke, ping-pong and arcade games!) mean a fun-filled evening with your significant other or a great girls’/guys’ night out! STROLL Quaint Main Street communities will make you forget the bustling urban city life that’s mere miles away. Culpeper, founded in 1759, hosts a vibrant mix of locally-owned shops and restaurants, while Fredericksburg will make you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time with restored 18th-century buildings and history at every turn. Manassas - one of five communities in the U.S. to win a Great American Main Street award and once completely destroyed by the Civil War - now boasts an art center, gourmet food store and plenty more to enjoy. The colonial village of Warrenton features more than 400 renovated buildings with businesses and shops to peruse while taking in the sights. Goodstone Inn—Middleburg VIRGINIA .ORG 85 NORTHERN VIRGINIA g VG M E E T S E N V I R O N M E N TA L S TA N D A R D S O F T H E V I R G I N I A G R E E N P R O G R A M q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c $ P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Welcome Center at Fredericksburg VG 15 Waterford Purcellville 7 Hamilton 50 Hume 7 28 495 Herndon McLean Arlington 66 Falls 29 Church Alexandria Manassas 123 Mount Vernon BYP Fairfax 1 234 50 66 17 211 Ashburn 15 Middleburg Welcome Center at Manassas VG Leesburg Warrenton Occoquan Washington Lorton Virginia Tourism Corporation Mile Marker 48, I-66W 9915 Vandor Ln., Manassas 20109 703-361-2134 Northern Virginia Gateway Welcome Center VG Virginia Tourism Corporation MileMarker 107, I-95N Ruther Glen, VA 22546 804-448-3980 Triangle 1 29 15 Culpeper 3 522 95 17 Stafford Goldvein Fredericksburg George Washington Masonic Memorial 101 Callahan Dr., 703-683-2007; gwmemorial.org. 17-foot bronze of George Washington, outstanding collection of Washington artifacts. $b 17 Spotsylvania 95 207 George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill 5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., 703-780-2000; mountvernon.org. Fully functioning distillery & gristmill, open April through October. $bj 301 ALDIE Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church 40309 John Mosby Hwy., 703-327-9777; nvrpa.org/ park/mt_zion. 1851 church and rendezvous site for Confederate Colonel John S. Mosby. bj Aldie Mill Historic Park 39401 John Mosby Hwy., 703-327-9777; nvrpa.org. Virginia’s only surviving gristmill powered by twin overshot water wheels. ALEXANDRIA Alexandria Visitor Center 221 King St., 703-838-5005; visitalexandriava.com. Get attraction and tour tickets, maps, brochures and more! j Alexandria Archaeology Museum 105 North Union St., #327, 703-746-4399; alexandriaarchaeology.org. Watch city archaeologists reconstruct 13,000 years of local history. Alexandria Black History Museum 902 Wythe St., 703-746-4356; alexandriava.gov/blackhistory. Museum documents the history, culture and contributions of Black America. $b 86 Alexandria National Cemetery Wilkes & Payne Sts., 703-221-2183; cem.va.gov/ cems/nchp/alexandriava.asp. Military burial grounds with graves of Civil War soldiers. Alexandria Seaport Foundation Center 0 Thompson Alley, 703-778-0977; alexandriaseaport.org. Floating workshop using carpentry and boat building to improve lives. The Athenaeum 201 Prince St., 703-548-0035; nvfaa.org. Once the Bank of Old Dominion, now an art gallery. b Carlyle House Historic Park 121 North Fairfax St., 703-549-2997; novaparks.com/ parks/carlyle-house-historicpark. Beautiful Georgian manor house built in 1753 by city founder. $b Christ Church 118 North Washington St., 703-549-1450; historicchristchurch.org. Beautiful church attended by George Washington and Robert E. Lee. bI Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 134 North Royal St., 703-746-4242; gadsbystavern.org. Tavern dating back to the time of George Washington. $b Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial South Washington St., 703-746-4399; alexandriava. gov/freedmenmemorial. Cemetery for AfricanAmericans who fled to Alexandria to escape bondage. Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site 4301 West Braddock Rd., 703-746-4848; fortward.org. Civil War museum and restored Union fort. b Frank Lloyd Wright’s PopeLeighey House 9000 Richmond Hwy., 703-780-4000; woodlawnpopeleighey.org. Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian House. Seasonal guided tours Friday-Monday. $b Freedom House 1315 Duke St., 703-836-2858; alexandriava.gov/historic. Once headquarters for slave traders, now houses fascinating museum. $ Friendship Firehouse 107 South Alfred St., 703-746-3891; alexandriava. gov/friendshipfirehouse. Established in 1774, houses historic firefighting equipment and exhibits. $b George Washington’s Mount Vernon VG 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., 703-780-2000; mountvernon.org. Tour the home of George Washington, his gardens and museum. $bj Great Waves 4001 Eisenhower Ave., 703-960-0767; novaparks. com/waterparks/greatwaves-waterpark. Wave pool, four-story water slides, tad pool, pizza, ice cream. $b Green Spring Gardens and Horticultural Center 4603 Green Spring Rd., 703-642-5173; fairfaxcounty. gov/parks/green-spring. 27acre year-round attraction with horticultural information and inspiration for gardeners. b Ivy Hill Cemetery 2823 King St., 703-549-7413; ivyhill-historical.org. Historic cemetery with cultural programs, lectures and tours available. The Laurel Grove School 6840 Beulah St., 703-313-4690; laurelgroveschool.org. Survives as the only remaining AfricanAmerican schoolhouse in Northern Virginia. b BEST SMALL CITIES IN U.S. Virginia Tourism Corporation Mile Marker 132, I-95S Fredericksburg 22404 540-786-8344 Lee-Fendall House 614 Oronoco St., 703-548-1789; leefendallhouse.org. From 1785, home to generations of the Lees of Virginia. $b The Lyceum - Alexandria’s History Museum 201 South Washington St., 703-746-4994; alexandriava.gov/lyceum. Historical building built in 1839. Provides exhibitions, lectures and programs. $b National Inventors Hall of Fame & Museum 600 Dulany St., 571-272-0095; invent.org/honor/hall-of-famemuseum. Fascinating facts about everyday inventions that have improved our lives. b Old Presbyterian Meeting House 323 South Fairfax St., 703-549-6670; opmh.org. Built in 1775, site of Revolutionary War’s unknown soldier memorial. b The Old Town Shop 105 South Union St. 704-684-4682; theoldtownshop.com Where the past is your present. Custom gifts and Old Town Alexandria merchandise. River Farm: Headquarters of the American Horticultural Society 7931 East Boulevard Dr., 703-768-5700; ahsgardening. org/about-river-farm. Situated on 25 acres of gorgeously landscaped lawns and gardens. bj St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 228 South Pitt St., 703-549-3312; stpaulsalexandria.com. Designed by U.S. Capitoldesigner Benjamin Latrobe. Concerts throughout the year. — Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, 2019 1. Charleston, SC 2. Santa Fe, NM 3. Alexandria, VA 4. Savannah, GA 5. Key West, FL 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Aspen, CO Monterey, CA Chattanooga, TN Greenville, SC Santa Barbara, CA Look who made the list for the second year in a row! Virgina is now home to one of the top 3 small cities to visit in the U.S. A nationally designated historic district founded in 1749, Old Town Alexandria hums with more than 200 independent restaurants and boutiques alongside intimate historic sites and museums. At the heart of it all is renowned King Street, a walkable mile that leads to the Potomac riverfront, where you’ll find our newest attraction—the tall ship Providence. And with Old Town just minutes away from both the National Mall and Mount Vernon, it’s the perfect base for a legendary DC vacation. b Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum 105-107 South Fairfax St., 703-746-3852; apothecarymuseum.org. Explore this family-run business with over 100 years of medical history. $ #visitALX | VisitAlexandriaVA.com/OldTown | u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 North Union St., 703-838-4565; torpedofactory.org. More than 160 artists create and sell works of art. bjI Woodlawn 9000 Richmond Hwy., 703-780-4000; woodlawnpopeleighey.org. National Trust site once part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon. $b ARLINGTON Arlington Convention and Visitors Service VG 1100 N Glebe Rd., Suite 1500, 800-296-7996; stayarlington.com. National History. Local Flavor. Air Force Memorial One Air Force Memorial Dr., 703-979-0674; airforcememorial.org. This memorial honors U.S. Air Force men and women. bj Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Arlington National Cemetery, 877-907-8585; nps.gov/arho/index. htm. Former home of the Confederate General and Civil War hero. bI Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery, 877-907-8585; arlingtoncemetery.mil. Honoring our nation’s war heroes. bI $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E ADMISSION REQUIRED Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Museum and Visitor Center 700 Army Navy Dr., 202-307-3463; deamuseum.org. Traces the impact of drugs on American and global society. b Iwo Jima, The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial 1400 North Meade St., 703-289-2500; nps.gov/gwmp/ planyourvisit/usmc_memorial. htm. Dedicated to Marines who have given their lives since 1775. b The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial The Pentagon, 301-740-3388; pentagonmemorial.org. Honors those lives lost at the Pentagon on 9/11/01. bI Women in the Military Service for America Memorial Arlington National Cemetery, 703-533-1155; womensmemorial.org. The memorial honors women who have served in the military. bI BOWLING GREEN D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D Historic Town of Bowling Green 117 Butler St., 804-633-6212; townofbowlinggreen.com. Town listed on Historic Register. bj I s W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Sidney E. King Arts Center & Historical Society 121 North Main St., 804-633-3490; sidneyekingartcenter.org. Civil War murals Sidney E. King/ historic displays. ThursdaySaturday 11-4. b BRANDY STATION Brandy Station Battlefield 19484 Brandy Rd., 540-727-7718; brandystationfoundation.com. Largest cavalry battle fought in Civil War, June 1863. bj Graffiti House - The Brandy Station Foundation 19484 Brandy Rd., 540-727-7718; brandystationfoundation.com. One of few dwellings intact from the Civil War. bI Kelly’s Ford Battlefield Highway 673, 202-367-1861; battlefields.org/visit/ battlefields/kellys-fordbattlefield. Interpretive markers are at the historic Inn at Kelly’s Ford or along Newby’s Shop Road. National Capitol Squadron Museum 12499 Beverly Ford Rd., 540-402-1818; capitalwing.org. Hangar/ museum display of WWII antique aircraft and vehicles. bj Platinum Alpacas 10623 Gravel Rd., 540-825-2055; platinumalpacas.com. Advocates of the alpaca lifestyle. Gentle alpacas, quality products. Tours. b BRISTOW Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre 12229 Bristow Rd., 703-365-7895; pwcgov.org/brentsville. Five historic structures that interpret the 1820 town of Brentsville. $bjI Bristoe Station Battlefield Park Corner of Iron Brigade Unit Ave. and 10th Alabama Way, 703-366-3049; pwcgov.org/bristoe. Park interprets two Civil War battlefields with walking trails. bj BROAD RUN Beverley Mill/Chapman’s Mill 17504 Beverley Mill Rd., 540-253-5888; chapmansmill.org. Historic Civil War grist mill, circa 1742. Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve 17405 Beverly Mill Dr., 703-753-2631; brmconservancy.org. Easternmost front of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Environmental, historical education. CAROLINE CATLETT Caroline County Visitor Center 23724 Rogers Clark Blvd., 804-633-3490; visitcaroline.com. State-of-the-art, high-tech visitor center featuring prehistoric whale display. Greenfield Farms Alpacas 11353 Barnes Rd., 703-508-7363; openherd.com/ farms/2885/greenfield-farmsalpacas. Offers a delightful agricultural tour experience. bjI CENTREVILLE Carmel Baptist Church Route 1 and Jericho Rd., 804-633-3490; civilwartrails. org. Civil War site where Union troops reunited for battle. Atlantis Waterpark at Bull Run 7700 Bull Run Dr., 703-631-0552; atlantisbullrun.com. Ancient Greece themed seasonal waterpark at Bull Run Regional Park. $ Jericho Schoolhouse 8008 Jericho Rd., 804-633-3490. Built around 1917, served African-American children until 1962. Call ahead. Cox Farms 15621 Braddock Rd., 703-830-4121; coxfarms.com. Largest family farm and seasonal event destination in Northern Virginia. $b CASANOVA Weston Farmstead 4476 Weston Rd., 540-788-9220; historicwestonva.org. Open by appointment. Call or email contact@historicwestonva.org. $bI St. John’s Episcopal Church 5649 Mount Gilead Rd., 703-803-7500; stjohnscentreville.org. Civil War site located in the heart of historic Centreville. CASTLETON Rappahannock County AfricanAmerican Heritage Center at Scrabble School 111 Scrabble Rd., 540-987-8103; scrabbleschool.org. An outstanding restored example of the historic “Rosenwald” schools. The Stuart-Mosby Civil War Cavalry Museum 13938 Braddock Rd., 703-971-4984; stuart-mosby.com. Civil War cavalry museum in Historic Centreville. Open Saturday-Monday. CHANTILLY Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., 703-572-4118; airandspace.si.edu/udvar-hazycenter. Aviation museum with over 250 aircraft/spacecraft, artifacts and IMAX Theater. $b Sully Historic Site 3650 Historic Sully Way, 703-437-1794; fairfaxcounty. gov/parks/sully-historic-site. An oasis of the past highlighting early 19 Century life. $bj CLIFTON Historic Clifton Main St., 703-830-2727; cliftonva.com. National Historic District with Civil War era origins. j CULPEPER VIRGINIA MAIN STREET COMMUNITY Culpeper Visitors Center 111 South Commerce St., The Depot, 540-727-0611; visitculpeperva.com. At Depot in historic downtown. Good information and friendly help. bj A.P. Hill Boyhood Home c. 1820 102 North Main St., 540-727-0229; nps.gov/nr/ travel/journey/aph.htm. Confederate Lt. General A.P. Hill’s boyhood home in downtown Culpeper. Andora Farm 17275 Germanna Hwy., 540-829-9555; andorafarm. com. Horses and history. Best of America by Horseback on RFD-TV. Antioch Baptist Church 202 South West St., 540-825-2768; antiochbaptistculpeper.com. Among the oldest churches organized as The African Church. I Burgandine House 803 South Main St., 540-718-4941; visitculpeperva. com/listing/burgandine-house. One of Culpeper’s oldest homes. Belmont Farm Distillery 13490 Cedar Run Rd., 540-825-3207; belmontfarmdistillery.com. Tour the distillery. See corn whiskey made the old-fashioned way. bj Cedar Mountain Battlefield 9465 General Winder Rd., 540-727-8849; friendsofcedarmountain.org. Opening salvo in the Second Manassas Campaign August 9, 1862. bj Culpeper National Cemetery 305 US Ave., 540-825-0027; cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ culpeper.asp. U.S. National Cemetery, still actively used. Union, present day graves. Fairview Cemetery 822 Sperryville Pk., 540-829-8240; visitculpeperva. com/listing/fairview-cemetery. Mass grave of Confederate soldiers. Historically AfricanAmerican Antioch Section. b Saddle Ridge Farm 15338 Saddle Ridge Farm Ln., 703-789-0647; saddleridgefarm.net. Sustainable farm located on 115 semi-wooded acres. Shop at Farm. b Lake Pelham Adventures Park 18019 Country Store Dr., 540-547-4449; culpeperva. gov/Community/Lake-PelhamAdventures-Park. Discover the true lake experience at Lake Pelham Adventures Park. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 115 North East St., 540-825-8786; ststephensculpeper.net. Historic church and graveyard in Town of Culpeper, circa 1821. bI Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation Theater 19053 Mount Pony Rd., 540-827-1079; loc.gov/ avconservation/theater/ reservations. Free screenings of classic Hollywood and silent films. IG Masonic Cemetery c. 1820 Rt. 229 N, near intersection of Radio Ln., 540-825-8535. Land donated by Revolutionary War hero General Edward Stevens. Museum of Culpeper History 113 South Commerce St., 540-829-1749; culpepermuseum.com. Small town history museum to learn all things Culpeper. $bI DELAPLANE Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taphouse VG 3623 Grove Ln., 540-364-6402 barreloak.com. Relax and discover great wine and craft beer. Bring a picnic & catch the sunset. A fave destination on I-66, one hour west of downtown D.C. Kids and dogs welcome! bjI Hollin Farms 11324 Pearlstone Ln., 540-592-3701; hollinfarms.com. A “pick-your-own” farm in the Blue Ridge foothills. Open seasonally. bj Sky Meadows State Park On Route 710, from Route 17 North, 800-933-7275; virginiastateparks.gov. $bI bI A R L I N G TO N VIRGINIA Family Fun • Capture the IMAGE ultimate photo with monumental views of the National Mall • Wow your taste buds with global cuisines • Experience the natural beauty of Theodore Roosevelt Island Monumental Views. Memorable Moments. The perfect combination of convenience and value in the nation’s capital, Arlington is just minutes from the National Mall, Smithsonian museums, U.S. Capitol, White House and much more. Along with its own American treasures, Arlington is home to 45 hotels with rates up to 20 percent less than those in downtown Washington, D.C. Discover Arlington’s unique mix of history, culture and fun! To plan your trip, visit stayarlington.com or call (877) 504-8054. 88 Norrthern Virginia Gateway Welcome Center —Ruther Glen VIRGINIA .ORG 89 NORTHERN VIRGINIA q BRIAN CAMP NORTHERN VIRGINIA g VG M E E T S E N V I R O N M E N TA L S TA N D A R D S O F T H E V I R G I N I A G R E E N P R O G R A M IT’S AMAZING IN HERE ® ONE DESTINATION COUNTLESS ADVENTURES Whatever your interests, Fairfax County has it all. Historic sites. Nature trails. The Arts. Culture. Fine dining. Fine shopping. And we are right up the road from our Nation’s Capital. Visit FXVA.com to learn more. If you’re looking for fun for everyone, you need to get to Kings Dominion. Ride 12 different world-class roller coasters, like the hybrid thrills of Twisted Timbers. Immerse yourself in the pint-sized fun of the 14-acre children’s area, Planet Snoopy. There’s even a massive waterpark to explore including the all-new Coconut Shores that features two exciting new attractions and new dining experiences. And it’s all included with admission. Visit kingsdominion.com NEW IN 2020 © 2019 Peanuts Worldwide LLC | peanuts.com Mount Vernon q u O F F E R S A C C E S S F O R P E O P L E W H O A R E B L I N D O R H AV E L O W V I S I O N b BUSES/GROUP S WELCOME c Thompson Wildlife Management Area Route 688 North, from I-66, 540-899-4169; dgif.virginia.gov/wmas. 4,000 acres with trails; 10-acre lake, fishing, hunting and birdwatching. bj DUMFRIES Historic Dumfries / Weems Botts Museum 3944 Cameron St., 703-221-2218; historicdumfriesva.org. The history of Dumfries is illuminated on this familyfriendly and interesting tour. $ FAIRFAX Visit Fairfax 3702 Pender Dr., Suite 420, 703-790-0643; fxva.com. The headquarters for all tourism related information in Fairfax County. Children’s Science Center Lab 11948 Fair Oaks Mall, 703-648-3130; childsci.org. Fun exhibits and programs for children and families to explore. $ P E T - F R I E N D LY FA C I L I T Y $ P R O V I D E S P R I N T E D M AT E R I A L I N B R A I L L E D PROVIDES DES CRIPTIONS BY A TRAINED AUDIO DES CRIBER s P R O V I D E S A D E V I C E U S E D F O R C O M M U N I C AT I O N W I T H A N D B E T W E E N H E A R I N G I M PA I R E D ADMISSION REQUIRED Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center 10209 Main St., 703-385-8414; fairfaxva.gov/government/ historic-resources. Permanent “The Fairfax Story” exhibit, traveling exhibits, walking tours, school and youth group hands-on activities, speaker series, visitor information, and souvenirs. Free. Open daily 9am-5pm. bI George Mason University’s Center for the Arts 4400 University Dr., 703-993-2787; gmu.edu/cfa. First class entertainment venue and home of the Fairfax Symphony. b Historic Blenheim and the Civil War Interpretive Center 3610 Old Lee Hwy., 703-591-0560; fairfaxva.gov/ government/historic-resources. Historic house (guided tour 1pm), Civil War Union soldier graffiti exhibit, family vignettes, adult and youth group tours, hands-on activities, speaker series, and gift shop. bjI National Firearms Museum 11250 Waples Mill Rd., 703-267-1600; nramuseum.org. Home to the finest firearms collection in the world. b Ox Hill Battlefield Park 4134 West Ox Rd., 703-324-8702; battlefields.org/ visit/battlefields/chantillybattlefield. 5-acre park commemorates the Civil War Battle of Ox Hill/Chantilly. I W PROVIDES SIGN LANGUAGE PROVIDES ASSISTIVE LISTENING SYSTEMS ADA-COMPLIANT Ratcliffe-Allison-Pozer House Museum 10386 Main St., 703-385-8414; fairfaxva.gov/government/ historic-resources. Fairfax City’s oldest house (1807) features guided tours, changing exhibits, and adult and youth group tours. Open seasonally May - October. For hours call 703-385-8414. FAIRFAX STATION The Fairfax Station Railroad Museum 11200 Fairfax Station Rd., 703-425-9225; fairfax-station.org. Railroad, Civil War and Clara Barton museum. Open Sundays 1-4pm. $ St. Mary of Sorrows Historic Catholic Church Fairfax Station Rd. & Rt. 123, 703-978-4141; stmaryofsorrows.org. Clara Barton cared for troops after Second Manassas/Bull Run. FREDERICKSBURG VIRGINIA MAIN STREET COMMUNITY Fredericksburg Visitor Center 706 Caroline St., 540-373-1776; visitfred.com. Maps, tour tickets, dining, lodging, overview film and event information. bj A. Smith Bowman Distillery 1 Bowman Dr., 540-373-4555 asmithbowman.com; Free, daily, guided tours display the history and process of Virginia's own pioneering spirit. Museum, gift shop. Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center 907 Princess Anne St., 540-371-3037; famva.org. 1816 museum chronicles the story of Fredericksburg’s vibrant past. $bI Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center 1013 Lafayette Blvd., 540-693-3200; nps.gov/frsp. Confederate’s most one-sided Civil War victory. Fee for film. bISQ St. James’ House 1300 Charles St., 540-373-1569; washingtonheritagemuseums. org. Circa 1768, home to James Mercer, member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. $ Old Salem Church 4054 Plank Rd., 540-693-3200; nps.gov/frsp. Soldiers used brick church for protection in Civil War battle. bI Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg Departs from 706 Caroline St., 540-898-0737; fredericksburgtrolley.com. Daily 75-minute overview of historic downtown and the Fredericksburg Battlefield. Rising Sun Tavern 1304 Caroline St., 540-371-1494; washingtonheritagemuseums. org. A lively and entertaining tour of late 18th-century tavern life. $b The Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop 1020 Caroline St., 540-373-3362; washingtonheritagemuseums. org. An 18th century doctor’s office and pharmacy. $b HAYMARKET Haymarket Museum 15025 Washington St., 571-261-1375; townofhaymarket.org/museum. Interprets the pre-Civil War town that Federal troops burned in 1862. bjI Silver Lake Regional Park 16198 Silver Lake Rd., pwcparks.org. 23-acre picturesque park on the foothills of the Bull Run Mountains. j GOLDVEIN HERNDON Monroe Park & Gold Mining Camp Museum 14421 Gold Dust Pkwy., 540-422-8170; goldvein. com. Learn about Virginia goldmining history and how pan for gold! bI Riverside Center for the Performing Arts 95 Riverside Pkwy., 540-370-4300; riversidedt.com. Quality theatre plus dinner, Wednesday-Sunday. Live music and entertainment. bS Historic Kenmore Plantation 1201 Washington Ave., 540-373-3381; kenmore. org. 1775 home of George Washington’s sister, Betty Washington Lewis. $b James Monroe Museum 908 Charles St., 540-654-1043; jamesmonroemuseum.org. Furnishings and personal possessions of James Monroe and his family. $b Mary Washington House 1200 Charles St., 540-373-1569; washingtonheritagemuseums.org. Home where George Washington’s mother spent her last 17 years. $b Frying Pan Farm Park 2709 West Ox Rd., 703-437-9101; fairfaxcounty. gov/parks/fryingpanpark. Farm animals, country store, tours, events, trails and meeting house. bj GREAT FALLS HUME Colvin Run Mill Historic Site 10017 Colvin Run Rd., 703-759-2771; fairfaxcounty. gov/parks/colvinrunmill. Operational 19th-century water-powered gristmill. Also features 20th-century dairy barn exhibits. $b Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) 801 Sophia St., 540-373-8701; shiloholdsite.org. Shiloh Baptist Church Old Site has served the Fredericksburg community since the early 1800s. St. George’s Episcopal Church 905 Princess Ave.,540-373-4133; stgeorgesepiscopal.net. George Washington attended services here. Tiffany-style stained glass windows. Marriott Ranch 5305 Marriott Ln. 540-364-2627; marriottranch.com Historic setting, beautiful views, horseback riding, fishing, 12-room inn. Wineries, rafting, caverns nearby.I JEFFERSONTON Great Falls Park 9200 Old Dominion Dr., 703-285-2965; nps.gov/grfa. Spectacular 800-acre park, featuring breathtaking rapids and great recreational opportunities. $bj Wollam Gardens 5167 Jeffersonton Rd., 540-937-3222; wollamgardens.com. Destination flower farm, plants, weddings in unique setting. j LEESBURG Loudoun County Visitors Center 112-G South St. SE, 703-771-2170; visitloudoun.org. Loudoun County’s official Visitors Center, open 362 days/ year from 9am-5pm. bj Loudoun Museum 16 Loudoun St. SW, 703-777-7427; loudounmuseum.org. Exhibits, special events, interpretation and tours in historic downtown Leesburg. $b Visit Loudoun 112 South St. SE, 703-771-2170; visitloudoun.org. Official Loudoun visitor information open 362 days a year, 9am5pm. bj The Marshall House 217 Edwards Ferry Rd. NE, 703-777-1301; georgecmarshall.org. Home and gardens of General George C. Marshall. $b Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park & National Cemetery Ball’s Bluff Rd. NE, 703-737-7800; novaparks.org/ parks/balls-bluff-battlefieldregional-park. Site of Battle of Ball’s Bluff, tours & reenactment. b Morven Park 17263 Southern Planter Ln., 703-777-2414; morvenpark.org. Historic mansion, museums, equestrian center, nature & sports programs. $bj Ida Lee Park 60 Ida Lee Dr. NW, 703-777-1368; idalee.org. 138-acre park with full-service fitness/recreation center and more. bj Leesburg Animal Park 19270 James Monroe Hwy., 703-433-0002; leesburganimalpark.com. Petting zoo with exotics, pony & wagon rides, indoor play. $bI Leesburg Executive Airport 1001 Sycolin Rd. SE, 703-737-7127; leesburgva.gov/airport. Explore history of aviation in Loudoun at Arthur Godfrey Field. Oatlands Historic House & Gardens 20850 Oatlands Plantation Ln., 703-777-3174; oatlands.org. Historic mansion museum, spectacular gardens and grounds with gift shop. $b Rust Nature Sanctuary 802 Children’s Center Rd., 703-669-0755; novaparks.com/ rust-sanctuary. Trails of trees, formal gardens, wildlife, manor home, special events. b Thomas Balch Library 208 West Market St., 703-737-7195; leesburgva.gov/library. Focus on genealogy, Civil War, ethnic history & guest speakers. Very Virginia Shop 16 S. King St., 703-973-6400 veryvirginia.com. Charming shop full of “Virginia’s Finest Goodies & Gifts” - peanuts, gourmet foods, souvenirs, t-shirts, chocolates, candles, colonial costumes, historical memorabilia, local art, wine, corporate gifts, wedding welcome bags, and Virginia gift baskets!bj White’s Ferry 24801 White’s Ferry Rd., 301-349-5200. Last operating ferry offering daily service on the Potomac River. $bj LORTON Workhouse Arts Center Visitor Center 9517 Workhouse Way, 703-584-2900; workhousearts.org. Located on thriving art center campus with easy interstate access. Mason Neck State Park & Wildlife Refuge VG 7301 High Point Rd., 800-933-7275; virginiastateparks.gov. bj Pirate’s Cove Waterpark at Pohick Bay 6501 Pohick Bay Dr., 703-339-6102; piratescovepohick.com. Pirate themed seasonal waterpark at Pohick Bay Regional Park. $ Stories to Inspire IMAGE Manassas Museum Parks & 92 KRISTIN SUMMERER Alexandria Waterfront—Alexandria 9101 Prince William St Manassas V 20110 703 368 1873 www manassascity org leisure . , . 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