D.C. is a great place to live, but sometimes you need to get out of the city. Luckily, there are several nearby destinations to enjoy. From West Virginia to Deleware, you will find there are fun things to do not too far from the city. Here are some suggestions for a day trip away from the nation’s capital.
Deep Creek
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce
15 Visitors Center Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
(888) 387-5237

Deep Creek is one of the most popular trip destination for those living in the Washington, D.C. area. The mountains, lakes and rivers provide activities for visitors throughout the year. While most people go to camp, ski and swim, few people know about the deep history of the Deep Creek area. If you are interested in history, take a day trip to Deep Creek to learn about the important history of Garrett County. You can take driving tours, go to museums, enjoy festivals and explore the area that is important to Maryland’s history.

Harper’s Ferry
408 Alstadts Hill Road
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-2663

Harper’s Ferry is well known for John Brown’s raid on the federal arsenal in 1859. A historical town, there are many great museums, sites and tours for you to take to experience the past. That is one way for you to spend your time at Harper’s Ferry, but you could also enjoy the national park and fun outdoor activities. The Aerial Forest Adventure Park is a family friendly park with over 100 challenges above ground. Challenges include zip-lines, rock climbing, Tarzan swings and much more. The park is made up of eight courses that are of varying skill level with one specifically designed for young children. The whole family will have fun, be active and challenge themselves.

Cape Henlopen State Park
Lewes, DE
(302) 645-8983

Deleware is just a hop, skip and a jump away from D.C., so many beach lovers go to the nearby state, particularly Rehoboth Beach. One of the beaches readily available to the area, the beach tends to be packed during the summer. Cape Henlopen State Park is a fantastic alternative to just a day trip to the beach. The park offers fishing, hiking trails, a secluded beach and a wealth of nature. Enjoy this park on any day, or take your trip during one of the cities fun festivals.

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Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 388-1000

Gardens are beautiful to walk through, have a picnic, read a book, or just enjoy being outdoors. Longwood Gardens isn’t your ordinary garden, it is an entertainment destination. The Pennsylvanian attraction offers outdoor and indoor displays, live performances, dancing fountains, a children’s garden and more. The whole family will enjoy the international plants, vegetables, gorgeous flowers and even some insect eating flowers. If you have time, stay for Nightscape, a light show set to music.

The Spa Of Colonial Williamsburg
307 S. England St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(800) 688-6479

Sometimes a day trip is needed to relax and rejuvenate. Colonial Williamsburg probably isn’t the first place you would think of for a relaxing day at a spa, however, The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is exactly where you should go. Whether you want to explore the area first, or just want to spend time at the spa you will have an amazing trip. The spa offers massages, body treatments, nail services, skin services, services for men and more. If you want to get in a game of golf, they have golf packages as well.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.