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While Washington D.C. is a destination itself, if you feel like getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can explore something a little slower paced with a ton of nearby attractions. There’s truly a little something for everyone whether you enjoy lounging on the beach, enjoying a drive-in movie or something a little more adventurous like white water rafting!
Take a slow day and drift down the Gunpowder in a tube with a few of your favorite pals – Gunpowder Falls State Park in Maryland is only a little over an hour away and has so much to offer its visitors with hiking paths, cool off spots and the option for tubing down the river on a lazy summer day.
Address: 7200 Graces Quarters Rd, Middle River, MD 21220
Visit the horses and bathe in the sunshine at Assateague Island National Seashore – Spend your day in the wind and the waves with an added bonus, wild horses populate this island located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Keep an eye on your lunch, because they won’t hesitate to hunt for a snack if they get hungry and feel free to stay the night should you so choose with plenty of camping sites available all summer long.
Address: Assateague Island Visitor Center – Maryland District – 11800 Marsh View Lane Berlin, MD 21811
Go to a drive-in movie at your choice of theaters: Bengies, Family Drive-In Theatre, Union Market – A drive-in movie may seem a bit old-fashioned to some but isn’t that the fun of it? Check out some of these fun drive-in movies for their summer line up and don’t forget to pack some snacks!
Address: Bengies Drive-In Theatre – 3417 Eastern Blvd. Baltimore, MD 21220-2147
Address: Family Drive-In Theatre – 5890 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655 (Rt. 11 South) (Exit 307 Off I-81)
Address: Union Market – 1309 5th Street NE Washington, DC 20002
Blue Ridge Mountains and the Monticello Wine Trail – Take a hike along one of Virginia’s most scenic locales encompassing both Shenandoah National Park to the North and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the South. Spend the day ogling scenic overlooks, enjoying vineyard views or getting your sweat on during a trail run. There’s no shortage of things to do and see in the Shenandoah.
101 Shenandoah Avenue NE Roanoke, VA 24016
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Savage Mill – This historic cotton mill in Savage, Maryland has turned into a complex of great shops and restaurants. For fans of history and the paranormal, there is a ghost walking tour as well!
Address: 8600 Foundry St, Savage, MD 20763
Harpers Ferry white water rafting – If you’re looking for an adventurous way to cool off this summer, don’t miss your chance to tackle the rapids at Harpers Ferry. Strap on your helmet, grab an ore and get out there!
Address: 37410 Adventure Center Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132
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Paddleboarding or paddleboard yoga at Key Bridge Boathouse – If you’ve never tried paddleboarding, be prepared to work out your calves in ways they’ve never been worked out before! Balancing on a moving object whilst propelling yourself forward is just as difficult as it sounds, but the good news is, anyone can master it! And over time you may even find that SUP fitness is the best kind to work into your weekly or monthly exercise regimen.
Address: 3500 Water Str. NW Washington, DC 20007
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Old Town Alexandria – Cobblestone streets, historic facades and lots of cool restaurants and shops to check out Alexandria has all you could need and more. Perfect for a few hours, the day or even an overnight trip, check out all that historic Alexandria has to offer.
Address: 221 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
American Visionary Art Museum – The pinnacle of weird, quirky, is-that-really-art, art like the YUMMM! Exhibit that features edible arrangements, paintings, sculptures, embroideries, installations and films. Hang for lunch on the balcony or roam the rooms for unique exhibits, either way we promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Address: 800 Key Highway Baltimore, Maryland 21230
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Baltimore’s Historic Fells Point – Right on the waterfront and full of a mix of both the old and new, you can find antique haunts, impressive brand new builds and tons of good eats and drinks. The charm of the cobblestone streets, hustle and bustle of cars, people, farmers markets, festivals and more on any given weekend is enough to enchant any passerby. Check out Under Armour CEO, Kevin Plank’s brand new hotel the Sagamore Pendry, grab a cup of joe at HandleBar Café or dig into some of the best mussels around at WTF (Waterfront Hotel and Restaurant).
Address: 1715 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231
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