Travel & Tourism

19
Jun

Mount Vernon is fun for the whole family

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b2ap3_thumbnail_visit-mt-vernon.JPGIf you’re looking for fun for the whole family during your trip to Washington, D.C. and Fairfax County, Virginia, look no further than George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the home of our nation’s first president.  And there’s a great reason to visit during your stay in the national capital region: Mount Vernon has a special offer just for WPFG attendees and volunteers. Save 30% on your tickets when you present your WPFG credentials.

Just minutes from downtown D.C., you can step back in time for a tour Geore Washington’s Mansion and its beautifulgardens and grounds. Learn more about Washington’s life and legacy in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center, with 25 galleries and theaters—including a theater where it snows every day of the year. And, get a taste for life on an 18th-century plantation at the Pioneer Farm site.

Start your journey by downloading the Mount Vernon app, your one-stop shop. On the app, you’ll find interesting tours, a plant finder feature that shows what plants are in bloom on the estate, fun facts about Washington, and more.  

While you’re at the app store, be sure to get our newest offering, the Agent 711: Revolutionary Spy Adventure app (launching in late June). Does your pre-teen or teenager want to solve mysteries? This app is for them. Agent 711 lets you solve ciphers, decode messages, and tackle challenges as you explore Mount Vernon’s grounds. Using Mount Vernon’s estate-wide free wifi and iBeacon sensors, players get new messages when they near certain locations on the estate. Once a player’s completed all eight challenges, they will receive a personal message from Washington and a special prize.

If you’re traveling with young children, make sure to pick up a Mount Vernon Adventure Map inside the Ford Orientation Center. Kids can use the map to  solve  puzzles while learning fun facts about George Washington and his home. Once the young adventurers solve the puzzle on the map, they can claim a special prize at the gift shop.

Your littlest explorers won’t want to miss a stop at the  Hands-on-History Center in the Education Center where history comes alive for children ages 8 and under. In Hands-on-History, Mount Vernon’s tiniest tourists can  play with colonial era toys, color patriotic images, and dress up like our nation’s first president and first First Lady. Mount Vernon also offers Story Time on weekdays and storytelling on the weekends.

Animals played an important role during Washington’s time, and they continue to delight and educate visitors today.  While roaming the estate see heritage breed sheep, cattle, pigs, and chickens—the same types of animals Washington would have known in his lifetime. Make sure to stop by the Pioneer Farm to see horses tread wheat in the 16-sided treading barn!

When your kids are ready to run around and roam, take them to the east lawn overlooking the Potomac River. You’ll enjoy the same beautiful view the Washingtons enjoyed more than two centuries ago. River cruises are also available every day, showing you the view from a different perspective.

Located in Mount Vernon, Virginia, our first president’s house is roughly 16 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information visit: www.mountvernon.org  

 

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17
Jun

Athlete Arrival Information for IAD Washington Dulles and DCA Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports

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b2ap3_thumbnail_blog-iad.jpgWashington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport welcome athletes and fans from around the world to Fairfax for the World Police and Fire Games. Of the two airports, Washington Dulles is the primary international airport for the Washington, D.C. region and is the closest airport to the Fairfax 2015 games. At ourairports you will experience:

Washington Dulles (Airport code: IAD) – Click here for details

Upon your flight's arrival, plan to stop by the World Police and Fire Games welcome booth
on the arrivals level near baggage claim #10. Dates/Hours: June 25, 26 and 27 from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Participating athletes can pick up a free gift while supplies last.

 

Reagan National (Airport code: DCA) – Click here for details


Upon your flight's arrival, plan to stop by the World Police and Fire Games welcome
booth near the baggage claim carousels. Dates: June 25, 26 and 27. Locations/Hours:
Terminal A (near security screening checkpoint) / 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and
Terminal C (near bag claim #12) / 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 

If you are renting a car, your local trips will likely include the Dulles Toll Road. Please visit our website for toll information. Consider purchasing an E-ZPass in advance, for maximum convenience.

 

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28
May

Experience Summer Fun in Prince William & Manassas

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b2ap3_thumbnail_parkrange_5828896_ver1.0_640_480.jpgFor many athletes, a trip to our nation’s capital is a once in a lifetime experience. So, we recommend that you do this trip right and hit the major attractions in the region including everything that Prince William & Manassas has to offer!

Make sure to stop by Manassas National Battlefield Park, home to the very first battle of the American Civil War! The 5,000 acre park is an excellent place to learn about a major piece of American history that includes many walkable trails. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy nature for a few hours! Keeping with the military theme, stop by the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia and learn about the entire history of one of our most celebrated branches of our armed forces! This state of the art museum is completely free to visit so take advantage of a great opportunity to learn about the history of the United States Marine Corps!

Prince William & Manassas is home to some tremendous shopping destinations including one of Virginia’s largest outlet mall, Potomac Mills, in Woodbridge. With over 200 shops, it’s a place you could spend the entire day! For a change of pace, visit Downtown Occoquan and experience local shopping at it’s finest. If you’re on the north end of our county then stop by Historic Downtown Manassas, which is home to numerous local shops that offer an eclectic mix of goods.

Of course, everyone has to eat and luckily we have some fantastic restaurants to choose from. Try waterfront dining at Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant in Occoquan or splurge on an upscale dinner at Malone’s in Historic Downtown Manassas. Of course, you can’t leave town without something sweet so make your way to Cupcake Heaven in Haymarket and indulge in a delicious menu of sweets!

For some after dinner entertainment, head to the state-of-the-art Hylton Performing Arts Center on June 26th at 8 pm to see Rosanne Cash live in concert! Cash will perform songs from her recent three Grammy Award-winning album as well as chart-topping hits from throughout her career. On June 28th, the Hylton will welcome Toujours l’amour: French Masterpieces of Love to the Merchant Hall stage. Metropolitan Opera guests will perform French arias and duets from Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Charles Gournod’s Romeo et Juliette, and other works!

Lastly, you’ll want to travel to the Winery at La Grange to sample a delicious array of locally produced wines in their tasting room. Spend the afternoon outside enjoying a fresh glass of tantalizing red wine while you enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the home.

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07
May

Athlete Special Discount on Limousine Services

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dc-tours-saturday-300x201.jpgReston Limousine, the Washington DC metro area’s largest limousine and shuttle operator, is proud to support the Fairfax 2015 World Police and Fire Games! With more than 200 vehicles – including sedans, SUVs, limousines, vans and buses – we can provide transportation for any size group. Besides transportation for all World Police & Fire Games events, we also provide private and public DC sightseeing tours as well as day trips to area wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. You can arrange all of your ground transportation needs anywhere in the world with just one call to us, thanks to our international affiliate network. All athletes are accorded a special 20% discount on all vehicle rentals originating in the DC metro area. For more information visit  https://www.restonlimo.com/fairfax-2015-world-police-fire-games/

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12
Apr

SPECIAL DEAL: Special Negotiated Rates on Air Travel

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b2ap3_thumbnail_news-airfare.jpgHave you made your travel arrangements to visit our Nation's Capital and the World Police & Fire Games?  Contact MacNair Travel Management, the official Travel Management Company of Fairfax 2015.  MacNair Travel can provide you with negotiated discounts on both United Airlines and Delta Air Lines ranging from 2%-10%.  In addition to the discounts, by supporting these preferred carriers, you are supporting the Games`.  Contact MacNair Travel, 830am-700pm, (EST) Monday – Friday at 855 845 8638 or by email at fairfax2015@macnairtravel.com.  Normal ticketing fees will apply.
 
You can also contact United Airlines Meetings at (1) 800 426-1122 and reference the “Z” code ZUTW and Agreement code 421887.  Or Delta Air Lines www.delta.com or calling (1) 800-328-1111 and reference meeting code NMLDU.  Normal ticketing fees may apply.
 
Lastly, if you do hear of any groups or teams, who are registering and have not yet made their travel arrangements, please do not hesitate to refer them to our Groups, Events and Meetings Department.  Barry and his team will be happy to coordinate their travel.  Contact by phone (1) 866 834-9600 or groups@macnairtravel.com

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