Located just 30 miles from Washington, DC, Prince William County is perhaps best known for its unforgettable role in shaping American history during the Civil War. In July of 1861, Union and Confederate forces faced off near Manassas Junction for the first major battle of the Civil War. Union forces expected an easy victory at Manassas; instead they lost 900 men in a crushing defeat. In 1862, the blue and gray clashed again and proved to be one of the war’s bloodiest days; 24,000 men lost their lives as the Confederates claimed another victory. Visitors to Prince William County can traverse the hallowed grounds of Manassas Battlefield Park and rediscover the timeless stories of courage, loss and determination. Today, the county plays host to contests of a different more genial type. Golf courses are the new battlefields in Northern Virginia. With 12 golf courses offering a wide variety of different play settings, travelers can tee up along the Occoquan River, in the foothills of the Bull Run Mountains, on the banks of Lake Manassas or near the historic Potomac River. For those that want to enjoy the natural beauty the destination offers there are two national parks, one state park and four regional parks. You can stroll historic streets in Occoquan and Old Town Manassas and visit the boutiques, antique shops and art galleries that give these towns a warm and hospitable feel. For the shoppers looking for luxury products at discount prices, Potomac Mills Mall provides some of the best value shopping in the region.