Day 1 Begin your visit with a morning at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Through film, interactive exhibits, displays, aircraft and tanks experience boot camp like a recruit, the long cold battle for Korea and more. Lunch at the Museum’s mess hall where students and seniors get a real taste of the Corps. Or get cozy at Tunn Tavern with optional dining delights. Stop at Brentsville Courthouse Complex where county residents voted to affirm secession and Confederate troops trained and prepared for the war to come. Visit Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. “Tragedy in Camp and the Battle of Kettle Run” guide students through the 1 ½ miles of trail with 11 stops. Enjoy a range of choices for dinner at Potomac Mills Food Court or the group friendly Silver Diner for American favorites, then enjoy an active evening at LaserQuest.
Day 2 Begin the morning with Manassas National Battlefield Park, known for one of the first major battles of the Civil War. More than 5,000 acres are preserved to resemble the landscape where “Stonewall” Jackson earned his name. The Visitor’s Center houses a small museum with uniforms, weaponry, field gear and battle maps. Proceed to Old Town Manassas for a visit to the Manassas Museum and a historic walking tour. Enjoy a box lunch at the Harris Pavilion. Visit the Ben Lomond Manor House, used as a Civil War hospital, recuperating soldiers left their names on the walls. The house includes original slave quarters and an antique rose garden. Spend the afternoon at SplashDown Waterpark, a great spot to cool off during Southern summers with a Lazy River, waterslides and entertainment. Enjoy a ballpark dinner and baseball game with the Potomac Nationals, a Carolina League affiliate of the Washington Nationals Baseball team.
Day 3 In the a.m., hop aboard the Virginia Railway Express and take the students to the National Mall in D.C. where they can visit one of the many Smithsonian museums.