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Best Cheap Holiday Escapes Near Baltimore

December 14, 2013 6:00 AM

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Work, commuting, household chores and managing your kids and their many activities can be utterly exhausting. What you need is a break, a break from the everyday humdrum. But cruises and vacations are expensive. Before you throw in the towel, why not consider a cheap holiday escape near Baltimore? Planning an escape needn’t break the bank.
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Historic Gettysburg, Pa.
Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau
35 Carlisle Street
Gettysburg, Pa. 17325
(717) 334-6274

Have a yearning to explore nature, but also want to learn a little history, too? Then look no further than Gettysburg, Pa. Only a 90-minute drive from Baltimore, Gettysburg has much to offer visitors. Explore the Sachs Covered Bridge, take in a battlefield tour following the footsteps of our nation’s leaders and soldiers at Gettysburg National Military Park or attend a theater production at the Majestic Theater.

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(Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images for MTV)

Lancaster, Pa.
Lancaster County Visitors Center
501 Greenfield Road
Lancaster, Pa. 17601
(800) 723-8824

Lancaster County is a treasure trove of adventure. You name it and you can find it in Lancaster County, Pa. Though Lancaster County is primarily known for the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, travelers will find many other things to do, including shopping at outlet stores, browsing local art galleries and sampling yummy treats from the farmers’ markets. Only an hour and a half drive from Baltimore, Lancaster and the surrounding county can be explored in a day or stay overnight to expand your trip. For those interested in learning more about the Pennsylvania Dutch lifestyle, be sure to step back in time by exploring an Amish farmhouse, taking a horse and buggy ride or eating at a family-style restaurant.

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(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Jefferson County, W. Va.
Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau
37 Washington Court
Harpers Ferry, W. Va. 25425
(304) 535-2627

Did you know that John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” is the the state anthem of West Virginia? Did you also know that John Denver was singing about Harpers Ferry in his famous song? Jefferson County in West Virginia is just over an hour drive from Baltimore. Civil War buffs will find no shortage of military history in Harpers Ferry and surrounding areas. Outdoorsy types can explore the Appalachian Trail or take a bike ride a long the C&O Canal.

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Photo Credit: Karen Bleier/Getty Images

Virginia’s Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park
3655 E. Highway 211
Luray, Va. 22835
(540) 999-3500

Trade the hustle and bustle of Baltimore for waterfalls, hikes and nature on the Skyline Drive. Skyline Drive is the 105-mile-long drive that stretches from Front Royal, VA, through the Shenandoah National Park. The Shenandoah National Park, a 2.5-hour drive from Baltimore, is the perfect place for a cheap escape. Stay at a campground or one of the lodging establishments within the park, such as Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge.

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(Photo credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center
101 Visitor Center Drive
Williamsburg, Va. 23185
(888) 965-7254

From the moment you enter Colonial Williamsburg, you become a part of the goings on in the revolutionary city. As you stroll through the streets, you can’t help but feel a part of what it was like to live during Colonial times. If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel, look no further than the Governor’s Inn. Located a short walk from Colonial Williamsburg, the Governor’s Inn offers accommodations, an outdoor pool and a complimentary breakfast.

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Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writes–it depends on the day and her mood. While playing a writer on the Internet, Jill has the gray hair AND blogposts from raising a kid, a preteen, and a teen. When not blogging at Musings from Me, Jill seizes family time whenever she can–dinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, traveling, you name it she wants to do it.

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