3 Guilt-Free Weekend Getaways Outside Washington D.C.

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Escape From Reality Through the Local Gems of D.C.

If you are looking to slip away from the Nation’s Capital for the weekend, you have come to the right place. We are going to hit the waters, mountains and big cities that surround Washington D.C. and make for the perfect weekend getaways!

Get ready to pack your bags, get adventurous, leave your apartment in the heart of Dupont Circle and refresh your mind and body for a weekend this summer before heading back home to the center of the globe: Washington D.C.

Kayak Away

Did you know that the largest concentration of bald eagles is a short ride outside Washington D.C. by the Chesapeake Bay and the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge? We would hope so since this incredible species of the bird represents the face of our country. You can watch it sour across thermal convection currents and dive through the sky at speeds up to 99 mph. Why not explore this incredible creature among other Great Blue Herons, Ospreys, and wildlife that surround The Black Water Adventures kayak tours. These kayak tours are so unique because they offer much more than just a kayak ride through nature. You can grab a cabin on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay and choose from kayak tours, bike tours, guided fishing, and of course because you are in Maryland- crab feasts! The seven different kayak tours are what blackwater adventures is famous for. They take you across the waters of time. But first, they give you a quick lesson in kayaking so you won’t fall behind. Paddle along on the Trail to Freedom tour and explore the journeys of local enslaved people of the past. Learn about their histories of love, faith, endurance, and escape. Take a wild ride on the Transquaking River Tour where you will explore Native American homelands through a winding and precarious waterway. There’s an abundance of nature and history across these waters, from moonlit paths to wine tasting hacks Black Water Adventures has got it going on.

Romantic Mountain Stay

Let’s get real the Blue Ridge mountains by Shenandoah were formed about a billion years ago. The earth’s crust leaked molten rock upon its surface and formed the majestic peaks and hollows you are about to explore.

These mountains are filled with history. The Native Americans used Blue Ridge as hunting grounds, and when the Europeans arrived, the mountains became inhabited by pioneers who milled and cropped the valleys below.

Head to the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley this weekend. Located just 90 miles outside of Washington D.C. lie amazing views.

Grab your tent, and camping gear, book an Air BNB or rent a cabin nearby then climb high into the mountains or sail across the valley rivers- if you are looking to relax this place will deliver.

You can grab a map hike sections of the Appalachian Trail, head to Shenandoah National Park, or explore George Washington and Jefferson National Parks nearby.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is also nearby. Look to the museums and architecture to explore, not to mention there are wineries and breweries galore.

If you have furry pups, be sure to bring them along, this area is booming with culture, art, history, outdoor concerts, and nature that you will adore.

You can even head to the Shenandoah Caverns and walk through ancient caves- the options are endless!

City Seekers

Ah, New York City. The city where our great Statue of Liberty sits, inviting pioneers into our nation from the shoreline. According to the History Channel “It is estimated that up to 40 percent of Americans can trace at least one ancestor to that port of entry.”

This metropolitan area is popping. Over 8.4 million humans reside on the landmass of 305 square miles that encapsulates the city. And if you plan ahead, you can join the crowd with a Mega Bus from Washington D.C. to New York City for a mere fifteen dollars.

Take a walk down Broadway and watch all the incredible live productions. See the lights, and explore the streets that bring this city to life.

Oh my, the shopping is insane, New York City is a shopaholics paradise, here you will find all the latest and greatest styles from around the globe, your wallet might cry, but your wardrobe sure won’t.

Head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and dive into ancient societies from around the world to explore the human timeline of art history. There are always ongoing programs and events to attend, expand your knowledge, and bring a friend!

This city also contains the world’s first ever underground park called The Lowline. Their goal is to integrate solar technology and illuminate history through an underground park in New York City’s Lower East Side. The future is hip.

Although New York City lost the battle to become the nation’s capital in 1789, it still became one of the brightest cities in the world. So from the real capital to the old, we hope you go explore the streets,  and see DC’s incredible museums, theatre productions, shopping, bars, and New York stars which define its greatness.

Weekend Get Away and Back on Track

Whether you want to explore the waterways of Maryland, the mountains of Virginia, or hit the lights in New York City all these places are within your sight from Washington D.C.

They are the perfect weekend getaways to re-energize your batteries, explore our nation’s history, head out on new adventures, and expand your horizons.

Get back on track when you head home to your Washington, DC Apartment t revamped and refreshed to start your week and maybe wait for the next weekend to adventure all over again.

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