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National Museum of the Marine Corps

Top-notch experiences outside of D.C.

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postedFebruary 20, 2020

Just 30 miles from Washington, D.C., Prince William County is a destination that offers experiences perfect for groups looking for something unique.

National Museum of the Marine Corps

This state-of-the-art facility honors and preserves the story of the U.S. Marines with artifact displays and interactive exhibits that provide visitors with the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

Dining on the Marine Corps base

Groups can dine on an active military base—the Marine Corps base at Quantico. Award-winning Chef Frank, personal chef to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, will create an unforgettable culinary experience for groups.

The Quantico National Cemetery experience

Visitors can take a guided tour of the cemetery and pay their respects with a private flag-laying ceremony at the graves of veterans whose remains were previously forgotten. This event is organized by the Missing in America Project, a group that provides full military burial for the unclaimed cremains of U.S. veterans.

Progressive meal in Occoquan

In the historical riverfront town of Occoquan, travelers can enjoy a driving tour with the mayor and a fun progressive dinner in three different locations—appetizers at Bottle Stop, the main course at Madigan’s Waterfront, and dessert from Mom’s Apple Pie aboard the Miss Rivershore.

Wine-blending class

The Effingham Manor Winery offers a fun group activity featuring a tour of the property, a wine tasting, and a wine-blending class. Included in the class is a team competition in which groups try their wine-blending skills, and Effingham’s winemakers judge the contest.

Says Mark Kowalewski of Visit Prince William County, “Groups can also have dinner with the distiller at MurLarkey Distilled Spirits or attend special events, such as the Occoquan RiverFest in June or the Tank Farm Open House in September.”

For more information, contact Kowalewski or go to

Top photo: National Museum of the Marine Corps
Photo by Visit Prince William


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