- Day Trips
Battlefields : Out of town
Manassas National Battlefield Park
This countryside was the scene of fierce fighting during two major battles between the armies of the North and South in 1861 and 1862. The park is open daily during daylight hours.
Richmond National Battlefield Park
In the Civil War, the Virginia capital was the big goal for the two U.S. armies fighting in the deadly battles from 1861 to 1865. Park battlefields are open from sunrise to sunset, with visitor centers open from 9 to 5.
Petersburg National Battlefield
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant led the Union Army against Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in a series of battles in the Petersburg region. They have come to be known as the Overland Campaign. The last of these fights was Cold Harbor, which dealt the Union a major loss. Afterward, Grant gave up on his plan to take Richmond with a direct attack.