Favorite Weekend Getaways from DC
Collected by Christina Saull, AFAR Ambassador
One of my favorite things about living in Washington, D.C. are the number of great weekend getaways that are available with just a few hours of driving. Here are some of my favorite.
Charlottesville, VA, VA, USA
A work in progress throughout his adult life, Monticello truly reflects Thomas Jefferson’s many passions: architecture, philosophy, science, music, literature, art, and food. Check out the excellent visitors' center first and take a shuttle...
Old Rag Mountain, Robertson, VA 22743, USA
We leave D.C. early in hopes of beating the crowds of hikers who swarm the trail by mid morning. Old Rag may be the most popular hiking destination in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but for good reason. The challenging Ridge Trail starts with grueling...
134 Chapel Road, Sweet Briar, VA 24595, USA
Sweet Briar, an all girls private college, has beautiful open grounds. The most tranquil days should be spent at the Sweet Briar boathouse, which is a distance off from the dorms and academic buildings. Feel free to explore the expansive grounds,...
101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835, USA
Stalactites, found in limestone caves, grow one inch every 120 years. So it's safe to say that these beauties in the area of the caverns known as Dream Lake have been around a very long time. Looks deep doesn't it? The deepest part is only a...
302 N Plum St, Lancaster, PA 17602, USA
It might seem like most of my Lancaster posts are either beer or hiking related, but honestly, it's what I like best about this area. The Lancaster Brewing Company is housed, like many businesses and apartments in the city, in a historically...
1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348, USA
When Philadelphia's battered asphalt and noise begin to tire, head for an afternoon at Longwood Gardens, a verdant hamlet 35 miles West of the city in the Brandywine Valley. 1,077 acres of horticultural magnificence occupy one of Pierre S. du...
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Undoubtedly one of the best things to do when visiting Princeton is to spend an afternoon walking around the university campus. One of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in the United States, Princeton is also among the most architecturally...
1491 Mill Run Rd, Mill Run, PA 15464, USA
The cantilever architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater makes it appear like the home is floating over the falls of Bear Run in western Pennsylvania. The home was designed for the Kauffmans - owners of a famous Pittsburgh department store...
18755 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135, USA
200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
The VMFA is, well, something else. For a city the size of Richmond to have such an amazing art museum is kind of incredible, and for it to be free to the public is even better. In addition to the diverse permanent art collection spanning Egyptian...
1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA
This is but a part of the Gettysburg cyclorama, an amazing 360 degree painting of the battle of Gettysburg. The Imax of its day, it is preserved at the battlefield. At the bottom of the painting the park has put diorama objects. You can walk 360...
1302 N 3rd St, Harrisburg, PA 17102, USA
Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA is like entering a book cathedral. Soaring ceilings with a delightful mural depicting activities along the river through the decades. There’s coffee, of course, and aisles and aisles of finds. There’s...
300 W 30th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, USA
The Dizz represents what I think Baltimore is: unassuming maybe a little divey on the outside; quirky, homey, and awesome on the inside. Their tagline says it all: "Baltimore in a Bar." Their homemade pub-style food is always surprisingly...
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD, USA
Sitting on the crest of Federal Hill admiring Inner Harbor, the centerpiece of downtown Baltimore with its beautiful waterfront and surrounding skyline. Within blocks, you've got the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, Ripley's Believe...
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