Summer is here, making the perfect excuse to plan a weekend escape to celebrate the beginning of summer! From the sandy shores of Delaware to the stunning heights of Maryland, here are some of the best last-minute trips not too far from D.C.:
1. Annapolis, Maryland
Just an hour outside of D.C., the waterfront capital of Maryland is perfect for a last-minute summer getaway. Annapolis has plenty to offer, from an array of water activities (sailing, boating, kayaking, paddle-boarding!) to wandering the quaint streets of Downtown Annapolis and discovering the city’s historic past. Just don’t forget to sample the excellent Chesapeake-Bay style seafood the city has to offer!
2. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
Looking to escape city living and reconnect with nature this Memorial Day weekend? Then we suggest checking out Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. Spend your weekend enjoying this 3,900-acre freshwater lake just three hours from D.C. Surrounded by national parks, Deep Creek Lake has plenty of activities to offer, including hiking, biking, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. Want to really enjoy nature? Deep Creek also has 112 campsites, plus cabins!
3. Harpers Ferry, Maryland
Whether you choose to go just for the day, or to get away for the whole weekend, this lovely little town located just at the merging of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers is another great option for those looking to reconnect with nature. With access to the Maryland Heights Trail (among many others!) those fond of hiking can choose to take two different paths: the overlook or the full trail! Adrenaline junkies can also go whitewater rafting or canoeing. Explore the town’s cobblestoned streets and houses for a chill afternoon, and you’ve got yourself the recipe for a wonderful weekend!
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This historic city located just two hours away from D.C. is the perfect place for history lovers! Spend the weekend immersed in U.S. history by exploring Old City (America’s most historic square-mile) and visiting Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. While you’re at it, don’t forget to chow down on an authentic Philly cheesesteak! For more suggestions on things to do, check out Secret Philadelphia!
5. Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
If you’re looking for a beachy escape, then you cannot miss out on Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach! Just 2.5 hours away from the District, Rehoboth is a popular (and affordable) getaway for Washingtonians. Its wide, sandy beaches are great for catching the first rays of summer, while its wooden boardwalk makes for a relaxed seaside stroll.
6. Richmond, Virginia
If you’re looking for a trip that’s equal parts culture and food, then Richmond is the spot for you. This historic Virginia town has some awesome museums like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. For dinner, make sure to check out Richmond’s awesome culinary scene by sampling L’Opossum’s excellent French fare or grabbing a top-notch cocktail at Latin-American fusion spot, Saison.
7. Williamsburg, Virginia
History buffs will also enjoy a weekend trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. The capital of the former Virginia Colony, this city played a significant role in the American Revolution and is filled with magnificent museums and historic sites to check out. Or, you can head over to the Busch Gardens amusement park and hit the rides!
8. Ocean City, Maryland
Just under three hours from D.C., Ocean City, Maryland is an easy yes for a weekend beach vacation! Whether you want to spend your entire time on the beach, grab some drinks and good food with friends, or explore it’s fun-filled boardwalk, Ocean City will leave you anything but bored!
Written by Jenna Romaine, Lauren Piot, and Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz