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Manassas [1] is a small city in northern Virginia with a strong Civil War presence. The very first battle (The First Battle of Bull Run) was fought here.

Get in[edit]

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 [2]. Service to/from Washington DC.

Get around[edit]

Sudley Road (Route 234 Business) runs North/South through Manassas, is the main shopping artery of the city.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Old Town Manassas
  • Bull Run Battlefield [3], preserves two major Civil War battlefields. The visitor center ($3 fee, Park Pass applies) is open 8:30AM-5PM daily; there are walking and driving tours of First and Second Manassas battlefields,

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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.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • BadWolf Brewing Company, 9776 Center St., [4]. The very first brewery founded in 2012 and opened the doors June 2013. Beer is brewed on site on a 1 barrel system. The taproom offers pints, samples and growlers of beer to go.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Manassas, 8640 Mathis Avenue, 703-368-7070, [5].  edit
  • Courtyard Manassas Battlefield Park, 10701 Battleview Parkway, Manassas, Virginia 20109, 703-335-1300, [6].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

You are no more likely to encounter crime in Manassas than in any other American town.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Manassas
MiddletownFront Royal  W noframe E  CentrevilleWashington, D.C.

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