Beth Kanter is a feature writer who has spent the better part of the last two decades living in Washington, D.C., with her favorite road trip partner (her husband) and their two children. Beth reviews hotels for the Fodor's Washington, DC, series and updated the most recent Michelin Must Sees Washington, D.C. guide.
Day Trips from Washington, D.C.: Getaway Ideas for the Local Travelerby Beth Kanter
Need a day away to relax, refresh, renew? Just get in your car and go! This first edition of Day Trips from Washington, D.C. is your guide to hundreds of exciting things to do, see, and discover right in your own backyard. With full trip-planning information and tips on where to eat, shop, and stop along the way, you can make the most of your time off and rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip. Explore places you never knew existed, many free of charge, and most within a two-hour drive of America's capital.Indulge your palate: Still a top antiquing destination, Frederick, Maryland's historic downtown now also boasts fine food with a decidedly contemporary twist.Savor the sea: Take in the sailboat-dotted waters, the historic homes, and the homemade ice cream and fudge of Annapolis, Maryland.Soak in some history: Learn more about the role the region played in the Civil War with a trip to Manassas Battlefield Park in Manassas, Virginia.Get wet in "almost heaven," West Virginia: George Washington bathed in Berkeley Springs and so can you.
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