Escape the City: Day Trips and Weekend Escapes from Our Nation’s Capital

Visiting Washington, DC, can be filled with all kinds of fun and educational experiences. You’ll feel like you’re a part of living history when you visit the famous sights and landmarks and take advantage of the rich and varied museums that the city has to offer. But when you’re getting a bit tired of the noise, heat and pressures of the urban lifestyle, it’s time to get out of the city and take a day trip or enjoy a quick weekend escape. Here are some ideas for ways to escape the city and enjoy some of what the region outside of DC has to offer.

Experience Civil War History

If you’re a history buff, a day trip from DC will have plenty to offer you. The region is home to many well-preserved historical battlefields, and no history scholar can visit DC without a trip to the famous Harper’s Ferry, where you can enjoy viewing battlefields, visiting historical buildings and have the opportunity to learn about the nation’s history at the site where it occurred. As an added bonus, Harper’s Ferry is also home to some great hiking along the Appalachian Trail, so give yourself at least two days for this trip, if possible.

Relax at a Local Vineyard

Just outside of Washington, DC, the northern Virginia vineyards produce some of the finest wines in the country. With just a short drive outside of the city, you can relax in the beautiful rolling foothills of northern Virginia’s vineyards and enjoy one of your favorite varietals. Northern Virginia’s homegrown wines include Pinot Noir, rich Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chardonnay and even sweet Rieslings. If you like wine, you can’t miss a day trip to a northern Virginia vineyard when you’re visiting the DC area.

Take the Train

DC has a great train connection to some fantastic towns and cities, no matter which direction you head. Take a day trip south to Charlottesville and visit the historic Monticello estate, or head north and go exploring in urban Baltimore. Within just an hour or two on the train, you have all sorts of options to head out for a weekend trip or a day trip from DC.