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’Tis the season to whale-watch, eat oysters, and take a full-moon tour of a wolf sanctuary. At these 14 nearby destinations, you can do all that and much more.
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On a Dock by the Bay Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234. What’s special: Enjoy serene Choptank River views and lots of activities—including outdoor pools, a heated indoor pool with “dive in” movies, golf, tennis,...
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An art show in the Virginia countryside is also a perfect place for a picnic.
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Beer and running isn't usually a recommended combination. Now picture running in an old bridesmaid gown or dressed as your favorite 1980's rocker. If that sounds like your kind of fun, consider a drive to the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds in...
View CommentsApr 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM | By Sherri Dalphonse
Spend a weekend eating and drinking your way through the South.
View CommentsApr 09, 2015 at 01:00 PM | By Todd Kliman, Anna Spiegel, Todd Price, and Mackensy Lunsford

Fun, scenic walks and rides, whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or a pro.

Want to play tourist in Washington—or take around out-of-town guests—but feel like you’ve seen everything? Chances are you haven’t.

Friendly wineries, sandy beaches, horseback trails, fun festivals, new museums, great shopping—and other terrific ideas for spending a day.

Here are 34 easy, memorable escapes within a few hours’ drive.


Some of the fiercest, most important battles of the Civil War were fought within a few hours of Washington. Here are eight day trips through history
We asked ten busy jet-setters to tell us how to dress and what to bring to guarantee comfort and style on the plane.
After years of declining business, travel agents are popular again.