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Best City Escapes From Washington, D.C.

January 26, 2011 6:02 PM

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Washington, D.C., is full of culture and variety, but sometimes, it’s nice to get away for a weekend, or even a week. When the mood for out-of-town adventure strikes, rent a car or book a train ticket and check out these best city escapes from Washington, D.C. - Allie Moore

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

171 Shoreline Dr.
Harpers Ferry, W. Va. 25425
(304) 535-6029
www.nps.gov/hafe

Historic Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, about 90 miles northwest of D.C. offers stunning views of the Appalachian Trail, the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and all the outdoor activities one could desire, such as biking, fishing, horseback riding, rafting and hiking. The perfect place to take in any season, Harpers Ferry also is a national Civil War landmark. The largest capture of the Union troops and the first target in Virginia following secession both took place at Harpers Ferry.

Ocean City, Maryland

4001 Coastal Hwy.
Ocean City, Md. 21842
(800) OC-OCEAN
www.ococean.com

Get away to the beach and indulge in shopping, golf, sun, sand, fishing and more Maryland crabs than you can handle! The famous Boardwalk is a must-visit with three miles of bike trails, shows, arcades, rides, shops and treats. One of the most well-known and best city escapes from Washington, D.C., Ocean City makes for a memorable family vacation, romantic getaway or an entertaining weekend with old friends.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

3655 US Hwy. 211 East
Luray, Va. 22835
(540) 999-3500
www.nps.gov/shen

Everyone knows someone who knows someone who has hiked in Shenandoah National Park. So why haven’t you? With 500 of some of the best trails and the views on the east coast, the mountains of Shenandoah National Park are just 75 miles from D.C. Get in touch with your inner nature lover and plan a hiking, fishing, camping or skiing trip to the most beautiful hills this side of the Mississippi. If you’re really looking for a challenge, hike 2,500 feet up Old Rag, which features rock scrambles and steep inclines. Don’t forget your camera!

The Inn at Little Washington

Middle and Main St.
Washington, Va. 22747
(540) 675-3800
www.theinnatlittlewashington.com

The picturesque Inn at Little Washington is a refreshing respite from the busy D.C. lifestyle. The 18 rooms are decorated in a classic English style by a London stage and set designer, from where much of the furniture comes. Patrick O’Connell’s restaurant sets the elegant and romantic mood with exquisite cuisine and an award-winning 14,000-bottle wine cellar. Plan your next special event or take a romantic weekend with your loved one at this quaint and charming locale.

Hershey, Pennsylvania

(800) HERSHEY
www.hersheypa.com

An obvious favorite for chocolate lovers, Hershey, Penn., dishes out much more than cocoa treats. Coasters, water rides and sweets-themed shops await at Hersheypark. Hershey’s Chocolate World includes a tour ride through the making of chocolate and a “Make Your Own Candy Bar” attraction. ZooAmerica Wildlife Park brings out the animal lover in everyone. And the Chocolate Spa is the perfect place to relax and indulge with a whipped cocoa bath, chocolate hydrotherapy or a chocolate sugar scrub.

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