Spend Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C.

Looking for a fun and unique way to spend your long Thanksgiving weekend? Why not take the short drive from Manassas, Virginia, to Washington, D.C.? You can fill your long weekend with fun activities, historic sites, and plenty to be thankful for.

Dine at a Restaurant for Thanksgiving Dinner

It isn’t too late to book a restaurant for your Thanksgiving dinner, especially if you just go with your immediate family. This way, you will get to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner without having to spend hours preparing and cooking food – or cleaning up afterward. You can even choose to eat a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal. Just take a look at the restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner and choose which one you want to make your reservations at.

Participate in a Turkey Trot

With Thanksgiving featuring perhaps the largest meal of the year for most families, it is no wonder that turkey trots are so popular. You can find plenty of races of varying lengths in Washington, D.C., most of which include a 5K so you won’t wear yourself out. The Trot for Hunger sponsored by SOME (So Others May Eat) is a great choice on Thanksgiving. This race benefits SOME, which serves those struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty. This group serves more than 10,000 annually. This is its 16th Annual Trot for Hunger, so you would get to participate in a helpful and long-standing community event.

Go Shopping on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

As such a large city, Washington, D.C., gives you plenty of opportunities for shopping. Head to major retailers on Black Friday to take advantage of their amazing deals on everything from electronics to clothing. The next day, celebrate Small Business Saturday and help your local businesses keep going strong by spending some money there. Consider stopping by Union Market for some artisanal food. Or you can check out local businesses in either the Adams Morgan neighborhood, Georgetown, or Dupont Circle.

Give Back to the Community

In addition to spending time with your family, Thanksgiving is a great time of year to volunteer. You can buy meals for those who need them, help distribute meals for families to prepare, serve hot meals, or even help clean up the meals. Check out the various local organizations with plans to help others on Thanksgiving. You can volunteer with SOME (So Others May Eat), Food and Friends, Capital Area Food Bank, Bread for the City, the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, the Salvation Army, and more.

Select a car from Miller Toyota to take you and your family from Manassas, Virginia, to Washington, D.C., and the nearly hour-long drive will seem to fly by. You’ll be in a comfortable vehicle with the latest safety technology to watch your back and entertainment to keep you occupied.