my husband and I are looking for something fun to do on a long weekend. We don't want to drive more than four hours from Washington, D.C. Any thoughts?
Being a devoted city slicker, I rarely venture outside of DC. So I'm hardly an expert. But have you been to Baltimore? The main art museum there is pretty cool. Supposedly the National Aquarium is great. And I think the harbor has an old wartime submarine or battleship you can tour.
Or venture up into some nearby mountainous areas. I've only been up to the Harper's Ferry area (maybe 2 hours away). It's lovely up there and would make a nice weekend getaway.
By the way, the Sunday Post Travel section had a story on this very topic just a week or two ago. Or maybe it was the Source section (not sure).
Couple of thoughts......
1a. Baltimore/Laurel has horse races -- even if you don't know what you are doing it is fun and different.
1b. CharlesTown, WV
1c. Delaware Park
Not sure what weekend you are thinking about, but the beach is still a great place to go. Suggest Rehoboth, Dewey, Lewes, in DE or the NJ Beacesh such as Ocean City, Ventnor, Brigantine, etc.
3. Atlantic City -3 1/2
You can combine 2 and 3 by staying in the NJ beaches and taking the short drive to AC.
4. Philadelphia - 3 hours
5. State College, PA 4 hours
Home of Penn State. Always fun to remember your college days. A traditional college town. Lots of sports and bars and sports bars. LOL.
Home of Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens (Amusement Park)
7. Caanan Valley WV
I would LOVE to hear the other posters thoughts as I love weekend getaways. I have done all but 1b,1c, 6. Enjoyed them all.
Thought of another .....
Near Skyline Drive - great views
Has a VERY cool cavern. I have visited it and I really enjoyed it.
There are great recommendations listed here for you already, but thought I'd pass this along:
I usually like to at least reference washingtonian online for things like restaurants, getaways, and a bunch of "best ofs" for DC.
WOW -- thanks for the link. I bookmarked it for future reference when I need a new place to go. Even though I am "local" to DC, I always learn new info from other "locals".
how about pittsburgh? go for a football game (they always scalp tickets outside for cheap) try the incline at nighttime, eat by the waterfront, check out the bar scene in the south side or the district area
Come see us in Philly! We are only three hours away from DC and our city has a lot to offer. If you let me know your dates/what your interests are, I'll see what's going on in town. Also, we were just named by National Geographic travel as America's "Next Great City."
Massanutten Mountain is the center for fall folage festivals in the Shenandoah Valley the next 2 weeks. Hiking, biking, horseback ridiing and wineries. The accomodations are great and reasonalble. , easy to find from DC, about 2 hours south on Rt 29 or South on I-81.
- Wine tours in VA - check in virginiawines.org. EVERY weekend there are BBQs, picnics (well in summer) concerts, sepcial dinners, etc in the VA wine country...as close as Mannassas and several along route 66 and 7. Gets better as we get closer to the holidays, second only to summer.
- check out the Marriot Ranch south of 66 not far from Front Royal, They have rodeos, trail rides (super fun in fall folliage), western cookouts, etc
- skyline drive
- smithsonian research station in Front Royal, the place where they breed the animals. They have occasional open houses, etc
- white water rafting in West VA, combined with a night at the Bavarian Inn above the Potomac stay in a Swiss/Gemrna chalet, dien on superb food, and visit Antietam Battelfield in MD
- Gettysburg, take a guided ride (car, bus or horse) or walk
- second vote on Williamsburg,esp after Thanksgiving as they ready for Christmas
- the beach off season - slow and relaxing
- weekend in Annapolis - great restaurants, great fun - history, harbor cruise, etc. Lights by the Bay in Nov/Dec/Jan
- baltimore inner harbor, museums, aquarium (opening new Australian exhibit soon)
- train ride in the countryside. google the web,several locations in WV. MD and PA. often have special dinner rides (mystery dinner, romance, etc)
- Hersheypark once they reopen for Christmas
- look in Friday Post Weekend section -lots of listings
get out and have fun