Being in the District can be great, but here are some fantastic day trips for the inner adventurer in each of us.


Baltimore, Maryland
Approximately 45 miles from D.C.

Just a MARC train away from Washington, Baltimore is one of the nation’s biggest seaports and a center of scholarly study. Home to multiple universities and colleges, including Johns Hopkins University — one of the city’s largest employers — Baltimore is a hub for research. On the other hand, for those interested in military history, Baltimore is home to Fort McHenry, where American troops defended the harbor from the British. It’s also worth visiting Baltimore to explore the city where famed individuals such as Edgar Allen Poe and Frederick Douglass were once residents.


Annapolis, Maryland
Approximately 35 miles from D.C.

Close to Maryland’s state capital, Annapolis, is great historic destination for any and all adventurers. American history buffs, of which Georgetown has no shortage, will love exploring the city with the most 18th-century buildings in the country. Home to the United States Naval Academy, visiting the city is also an opportunity to see high school friends or simply check out an important national institution. After visiting the academy, take a walk on the city’s dock and see for yourself why Annapolis is the nation’s sailing capital; it’s not just because it has both a pirate and maritime museum.

J.P. Mueller
J.P. Mueller

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Approximately 70 miles from D.C.

For those who quickly get tired of life in a big city, Shenandoah National Park, one of the country’s most beautiful national parks, is nearby in Virginia. Bordered by the Shenandoah River and Valley on the west and the hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east, the park covers about 310 square miles, guaranteeing a lot of land to explore. At the park, one can hike while exploring the area’s waterfalls and climbing up Old Rag Mountain. For those who prefer to use their upper body strength while adventuring, there are rafting and kayaking trips on the river.

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