Manassas is a suburb of Washington, DC and can be easily reached from either Dulles or Reagan international airports.
Manassas also is a stop on a commuter rail line, the Virginia Railway Express . Service to/from Washington DC.
Sudley Road (Route 234 Business) runs North/South through Manassas, is the main shopping artery of the city.
Within Old Town Manassas there is an ice skating rink that is open during the months in which the weather permits it. Manassas Mall is also a popular attraction. But the best attraction in Manassas is the Splashdown waterpark.
Manassas has made the news on many occasions. It was here that Lorena Bobbit severed her husband's manhood with a knife in the middle of the night. On Route 234, the Sunoco gas station is where the Washington DC beltway snipers killed one of their victims. On Center Street is located the Manassas office of Comcast where an 80 year old lady recently went wild with a small hammer when she was upset with their customer service and it made national headlines. During the fourth season of Fox Television's American Idol, 21 year old Travis Tucker from Manassas became one of the top ten American Idol finalists. Also during the same season of American Idol, Judge Simon Cowell declared 18-year old Mary Roach from Manassas, the worst singer in the world.
Manassas is also known locally for its unusually high number of 7/11 convenience stores per capita. This includes two on Sudley Road that are inexplicably right next door to each other.
For a nostalgic look at 1960s Manassas, explore the Manassas Shopping Center and other stores along Mathis Avenue. Among the still family run stores are J.E. Rice, a traditional hardware store (they have it all!) in business for over 70 years and the always packed Tony’s Pizza, a Napoli family-run Italian restaurant, with undoubtedly the best pizza, salads, pastas in the area. Further up Mathis Avenue is an 18-hole miniature golf course, 4-screen movie house, and the seasonally popular Nathan’s Dairy Bar.
Manassas is fairly close to Washington DC, so there's a decent selection of minority ethnic restaurants in addition to regular fare.
Many chains have restaurants in the area. American favorites include Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, Golden Corral, Great American Steak and Buffet, Red, Hot and Blue, Hooters, Logan's Roadhouse, and local favorite Five Guys hamburgers.
The Old Town section of Manassas has several restaurants with lots of parking. The highly rated Okra's Louisiana Bistro, City Tavern Grill, and Foster's Grill are located
The city of Manassas has a meals tax.
You are no more likely to encounter crime in Manassas than in any other American town.