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Virginia and Maryland offer more than history, culture, and a beautiful landscape. There are outdoor activities galore for the active traveler. You could spend a lifetime here and still not experience all the recreation available in the region, but in five days, you can get a good taste. This itinerary begins in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and ends in Annapolis, Maryland. The total distance is 147 miles.
Day 1: Rafting and Hiking
Begin in historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and take an organized rafting trip on the Shenandoah River, then hike some of the legendary Appalachian Trail. Outdoor enthusiasts could easily spend a week in Harpers Ferry, but two days will allow for the highlights. Overnight in a bed-and-breakfast right in town.
Day 2: Biking and Zip-Lining
Get an early start and bike some of the scenic C&O Canal Towpath, then take a thrilling Harpers Ferry Zip Line Canopy Tour. A less strenuous alternative is to learn about the town’s role in the Civil War era by touring the historic district. Drive one hour to Front Royal, Virginia, in the afternoon and spend the night in town.
Day 3: Hiking
Drive into Shenandoah National Park and hike the famous Old Rag Mountain. This tough nine-mile hike offers rewarding views and a sense of accomplishment. Spend the night in lovely Luray, Virginia.
Day 4: Kayaking
Give your tired feet a rest by driving two hours to Georgetown in Washington DC and rent a kayak on the waterfront. Paddle on the Potomac River, where you’ll get a unique perspective on the monuments and bridges. If you’re feeling exhausted, a quieter alternative is to window-shop on M Street (although your wallet might get the workout instead). Spend the night in Georgetown.
Day 5: Sailing
Get an early start and drive one hour to Annapolis, Maryland, and take a two-hour sailing cruise on a stunning 74-foot wooden schooner. Then stroll along the City Dock and indulge in a local seafood feast at one of the many restaurants near the waterfront.