Escape the city and celebrate this spring weekend!
Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching but there’s still time to plan your weekend escape and celebrate the beginning of summer! From the sandy shores of Delaware to the stunning hights of Maryland, here are some of our recommendations:
1. Annapolis, MD
Just an hour away from DC, the waterfront capital of Maryland is perfect for a last-minute summer getaway. Annapolis has plenty to offer, all the way from kayaking on the water to wandering the streets of Downtown Annapolis and discovering the city’s historic past. Don’t forget to sample the excellent Chesapeake-Bay style seafood the city has to offer!
2. Deep Creek Lake, MD
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 social distancing at this 3,900-acre freshwater lake just three hours from DC. Surrounded by national parks, Deep Creek Lake has plenty of activities to offer, including hiking and biking trails, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Additionally, 112 campsites, cabins picnic tables and boat ramps are open.
3. Harpers Ferry, MD
Whether you choose to go just for the day, or a getaway 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 those fond of hiking can choose to take two different paths: the overlook and the full trail. Adrenaline junkies can also choose to 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, PA
This historic town located just two hours away from DC is perfect for history lovers! Spend a weekend immersed in US history by exploring Old City (America’s most historic square mile), 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, DE
If you’re looking for a beachy escape then you cannot miss out on Delaware’s beautiful beaches! Just 2.5 hours away from the District, Rehoboth Beach is a popular (and affordable) getaway for Washingtonians. Its wide, sandy beach is great for catching the first rays of summer, while its wooden boardwalk, located in the center of town, for a relaxed seaside stroll.
6. Richmond, VA
If you’re looking for a trip that’s equal parts culture and food then we suggest going to Richmond. This historic Virginia town has some awesome museums like the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, perfect for literature lovers (Both museums are open right now with new safety guidelines, just make sure to bring your mask with you!). For dinner, make sure to check out Richmond’s awesome culinary scene by sampling L’Opossum’s excellent French fare or grabbing some top-notch cocktail at Latin-American fusion spot, Saison.
7. Williamsburg, VA
History buffs will also enjoy a weekend trip to Williamsburg, VA. The capital of the former Virginia Colony, this city played a significant role in the American Revolution and as such is filled with super cool museums and historic sites to check out. If you’re a fan of architecture we suggest checking out the Governor’s Palace, the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum, and exploring the William & Mary’s University campus!
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