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In 2019, 24.6 million people visited Washington DC. That’s a LOT of humans crowded into the streets and stops in our nation’s capital. If your group is looking for a little more breathing room and a warm welcome, get to know Prince William County. Just a little more than an hour’s drive from the city, you’ll feel like you stepped into a different world.
Prince William County in Virginia is one of those special places that invites you in and makes you feel right at home! Its rolling hills, charming towns, rich history, and spirit of fun and adventure make it a group favorite.
This little slice of Northern Virginia is big on history. Groups who enjoy digging into an area’s past will find a treasure trove of interesting bits here.
The National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program tells the story of resistance against the institution of slavery at three local sites.
These are just a few of many hidden gems in a place where America’s history is on full display. From the Revolutionary War to the First Battle of Manassas (where “Stonewall” Jackson earned his nickname), Prince William County has played its part in the nation’s fights for freedom.
Take a bite of the region’s unique cuisine! Dine in style at a beautifully restored Manassas church or sit back with some blue crab at one of many local crab shacks. There are foodie favorites throughout the county!
If local libations are on the itinerary, hop on the Steins, Vines, and Moonshine Trail. You’ll sip and savor at 20 of the best wineries, distilleries, breweries, and tasting rooms in Prince William!
Ever wanted to learn to sail a boat? Test your skills at the Northern Virginia Sailing School, tucked into the marina at beautiful Leesylvania State Park.
Then, when you’re ready for more than just smooth sailing, go vertical. Vertical Rock Climbing and Fitness Center offers indoor experiences or comprehensive outdoor expeditions in George Washington National Forest.
If you’re the type to stop and read every road marker, a historic trail tour is an ideal adventure. Hike, bike, or kayak through more than 40 miles of trails and 150 historic structures. You can even stay in a rustic cabin once used for spy training!
Prince William County is only a brief drive but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
To learn more about this historically rich and stunningly beautiful area, Destination Dispatch recently sat down with Mike Stoupa, an insider and tourism expert with Visit Prince William. Mike shared lots of amazing information and ideas for groups that you’ve probably never considered.
The next time your group is coming to the DC metro area, be sure to include some fresh air fun in Prince William County. It’s a look back in time with an eye to the future!
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