ON THE ROAD: SUMMER DAY TRIPS AROUND WASHINGTON, DC

By Amanda DiGiondomenico
DC Day Trips
While Washington, D.C. may be a sightseeing dream, there are plenty of other highlights in the region that shouldn't be missed -- especially if you want to get off the beaten path and escape the typical tourist spots in the area. These three destinations are worth a weekend road trip away from D.C., whether you're craving culture, history or a little fresh air:

DC Road Trip

  • Baltimore, MD : Just a 45-minute drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore is very different from its neighbor on the other side of the Capital Beltway. The Inner Harbor is the tourist go-to -- for a real glimpse of Baltimore head straight to Fells Point. The cobblestone streets along the water of Fells Point are lined with boutiques and restaurants. Enjoy Federal Hill and climb its namesake landmark for a spectacular view of the city's skyline. Then visit the Visionary Arts Museum for a perfect example of Baltimore's quirky personality. Specializing in art not created by artists, this museum will strike you with awe.
  • Ocean City, MD : It's a 2 1/2- hour drive to Ocean City beaches from D.C., and if you're looking for a fun day for the weekend trip, it's worth every minute. Hit the beach for some fun in the sun in this nostalgic ocean-front vacation destination. When you're done enjoying the water, head down to the boardwalk for arcade fun and amusement park rides. Then, grab an ice cream to enjoy before catching one of the free nighttime events - either fireworks, a concert, or a laser light show, depending on the day of the week.

    Ocean City is just one of the beach destinations near D.C. Not far from the beaches of Ocean City are the beaches of Assateague Island , famous for the beautiful wild ponies that roam the shore. The perfect getaway if the lights and noise of Ocean City isn't your thing, Assateague Island offers kayak tours, sightseeing tours, and miles of quiet beach for a day of outdoor fun.
  • Frederick, MD : Tucked away on one of Maryland's mountains, the small, quiet and historic town of Frederick is only a 1-hour drive from the hustle of Washington D.C., and there's no shortage of things to see and do once you arrive. The main street of downtown Frederick is lined with adorable antique shops, trendy boutiques, and an overwhelming assortment of quality restaurants. If you're into history, Frederick is chock-full of Civil War sites, parks and museums, including the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and the South Mountain State Battlefield Park, which encompasses three gaps that were the site of a battle just days before Antietam.
For tips on how to get your family and car ready before you head out on the road, read our road trip safety checklist .


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