Beat the heat of the sweltering city of Baltimore for a day and venture out to one of Baltimore’s most popular day trip destinations. Get your history on with a day trip to Washington, D.C., to explore well-known monuments, memorials, museums, and tourist attractions. For a glimpse at the life of a Civil War soldier head to the Gettysburg Battlefield. Or drive to Virginia to learn about George Washington’s life and legacy at his home, Mount Vernon. For sea breezes and water sports, a day trip to Sandy Point State Park is in order. Swimming and bird watching are popular activities at Sandy Point State Park. How will you choose to spend a free weekend for fun with your family?

Washington, D.C.
907 7th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 789-7000
www.washington.org

A hop, skip, and a jump from Baltimore is Washington, D.C. For a day of history and adventure, head to Washington, D.C., where there are so many different things to do. Start with a walking tour of the Washington, D.C. monuments and memorials to our greatest presidents. Start your tour with the Lincoln Memorial, which overlooks the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Make sure to check out the towering Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol., the Jefferson Memorial, and the FDR Memorial.

Gettysburg, PA
Destination Gettysburg Pennsylvania
571 W. Middle St.
Gettysburg, MD 17325
(717) 334-6274
www.destinationgettysburg.com

Located in Adams County, Pennsylvania, the historic town of Gettysburg is ripe for exploration and adventure. Explore the outdoors or investigate the plethora of recreational activities available. The Gettysburg Battlefield is a must-see attraction; known for “three dramatic days in July 1863,” the Gettysburg Battlefield is a 6,000-acre Civil War military park. First time visitors will benefit from partaking in the orientation program to familiarize them with the Gettysburg Battlefield.

Annapolis, MD
Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau
26 West St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 280-0445
www.visitannapolis.org

Located on the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is a bustling seaport. Known as “America’s Sailing Capital,” Annapolis is also the state capital of Maryland. Annapolis is all about water sports. From sailing to kayaking to canoeing to paddle boarding, Annapolis has all your water sports needs covered and then some. Annapolis is also home to one of the United States’ service academies; the United States Naval Academy has been training officers for the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps since 1845.

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Mount Vernon 
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
(800) 429-1520
www.mountvernon.org

Visitors to Mount Vernon will learn all about the “singular story of the Father of Our Country.” George Washington’s story is embodied in all that is Mount Vernon so that “his timeless and relevant life lessons are accessible to the world.” Mount Vernon offers a glimpse in to “18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds.” Visitors will also enjoy “intriguing museum exhibits,” as well as “immersive programs honoring George Washington’s life and legacy.”

Sandy Point State Park
Sandy Point State Park
1100 E. College Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21409
(410) 974-2149
www.dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands

Sandy Point State Park is located along the Northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. All the Sandy Point State Park beaches and picnic areas have spectacular and breathtaking water views of “one of Maryland’s true treasures, the Chesapeake Bay.” Favorite activities include, wildlife viewing, bird watching, swimming, and sunbathing, Sandy Point State Park’s situation on the “Eastern Flyway makes it an ideal location for viewing a large variety of woodland, marsh and migratory waterfowl.

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Jill Berry @MusingsfromMe is a writer who stays at home or a SAHM who writesit 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 candinner as a family, movie night, marathon family game sessions, travelingyou name it she wants to do it.