Day Trips From Washington DC
Washington, D.C. gets quite hot and humid during summer, which makes it an opportune time to get out of the city. It doesn’t mean that you need to get far away real quick; you can even make a day-trip to nearby suburbs, where you will be able to enjoy some respite from all the humidity. Of all the worthy destinations nearby, we have picked our top three. Take a look.
The perfect place for daycation especially on a hot summer day, Annapolis rides high on its historic charm, shopping avenues and the Eastern Shore crabs. Populace from Washington and nearby regularly visits this town as Annapolis is a little more than an hour’s car drive away (public transport can take you there in an hour and a half). In Annapolis, you can take a trip down to the iconic Cantler’s Riverside Inn, where you will find platters of steamed Maryland blue crabs, complete with a variety of side dishes such as coleslaw salad, potato salad, hush puppies, and more. You might have to wait for some time to get a table at weekends are quite busy here; however, sipping on some beer from the bar, you can easily hang out on the restaurant’s dock. While crabs are the main draw at this waterfront city during summer, there’s plenty of other activities to do here during the day: book a 2-hour sail on a 74-foot schooner to explore the waters around the Thomas Point Lighthouse and Chesapeake Bay Bridge, rent a kayak, tour the Maryland State House, or indulge in a shopping spree along the Annapolis Harbor.
In Virginia, winemaking has significantly boomed during recent years, especially the Northern Virginian town of Middleburg. You can either rent a car or hire a driver, and spend your day exploring the different wine-tastings and vineyards. One of the more prominent wineries, the Boxwood Winery produces some of the best Bordeaux red wines region, while the Chrysalis Vineyards offer visitors, a chance to taste wines made from the Norton grape, a native to Virginia. Both the wineries have expansive properties that feature picturesque outdoor seating options and landscape, in case you feel an urge to buy a bottle and hang out. Moreover, Downtown Middleburg has several upscale eateries, where you can enjoy both local and international cuisines. You can also enjoy the day exploring the outdoors, especially in the Sky Meadows State Park. Here, you can take up hiking, fishing, or simply go for a picnic on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are multiple trails here that offer varying difficulty levels including the two and a half mile long Appalachian Trail. After you are done with the hike, you can stop for a nice meal in the Hunter’s Head Tavern courtyard, here in Upperville. The restaurant is quite popular for its French dip sandwich and burgers-on order including Shepherd’s pie or bangers and mash.
Harpers Ferry, WV
Harpers Ferry is one of the prominent sites around greater D.C. area that has a rich historical backstory. You can reach here within a couple of hours by car. Back on October 16, 1859, the place became the site of abolitionist John Brown’s attempted slave insurrection. Later, it was also a major Civil War battle site. According to the National Park Service, Harpers Ferry changed hands a staggering eight times between the years 1861 and 1865. Here, you can get an insight into the town’s historic prominence through the various tours and lectures (these come free along with the admission to the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park). Given the fact that this site is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are plentiful options of hiking nearby (including an access to the famous Appalachian Trail), at the meeting site of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. In case, you are here for some time, you can take up a detour and head approximately 18 miles down south, towards the Catoctin Creek Distillery. Here, you can take up a tour of the distillery and taste the local brews of whiskey, gin, and brandy. You can also travel 17 miles southeast toward Washington and enjoy a scrumptious meal at the popular Restaurant in Patowmack Farm, prepared by Chef Tarver King, a James Beard finalist and one of the best in the entire Mid-Atlantic region.