Washington DC is an incredible destination, but the hustle, bustle and crowds at the nation’s Capital might leave you looking for a change of scenery. If you’re looking for weekend getaways from DC, there are three will-not-disappoint locations within a short drive that combine history, charm and things to do. Read on to find out more about our top 3 things to do for weekend getaways from DC…
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
The Inner Harbor is one of the main draws to the city. It’s steeped in history, culture, science, nightlife. The Inner Harbor is one of the closest weekend getaways from DC, yet it still has plenty of distinctive charm. They don’t call it Charm City for nothing!
The whole family will enjoy the Inner Harbor’s award-winning Maryland Science Center. The building itself is an unmistakable landmark and it includes an IMAX theater and planetariun in addition to its many hands-on and interactive exhibits.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore houses more than 17,000 creatures, from sharks to tropical fish. If you’ve been to the National Aquarium in DC, this sister location has features that make a visit worthwhile. Among the incredible exhibits, you’ll find a walk-through rain forest, a 4-D Immersion Theater, the Living Seashore touchpool, and an Australian exhibit featuring a 35-foot waterfall.
And we can’t talk about the Inner Harbor without mentioning the historic ships. The USS Constellation, the USS Torsk, the USCGC Taney, the Lightship Chesapeake and more historic ships make their home at the Inner Harbor Baltimore. You can climb aboard and see for yourself what life aboard ship was like, as well as the roles these very vessels played in American history.
Historic Ellicott City, Maryland
Less than an hour from the Capital, Ellicott City is a convenient place for weekend getaways from DC. Ellicott City has been named one of the “Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns” in a 2009 Newsmax magazine article. Whereas DC is “haunted” by the great American historic figures, you’ll experience a taste of what normal life was like when America was young.
The five block historic district is lined with unique boutiques and bistros offering delicious food. Downtown Ellicott City has even been featured as a shoppers’ haven in the New York Times and Southern Living, and a foodies’ heaven in the Washintonian.
Charlottesville and its environs offer many opportunities for weekend getaways from DC. Historic Downtown Charlottesville, personified most often by the Historic Downtown Mall, is considered one of the finest urban parks in the country. When you visit you’ll find a lively collection of more than 120 shops and 30 restaurants in the historic buildings on and around old Main Street.
Stretching along eight tree-lined blocks, the Mall is brick-paved, pedestrian-only mall also features two historic theaters and serves as a lively entertainment hub, including performances, movies, and ArtWalks.
Of course, one of Charlottesville’s most famous sites is Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Of all the amazing historical American giants who left a mark on the region, Jefferson is arguably the most influential. The University of Virginia campus is also a stunning example of Jefferson’s visionary architecture and educational ideals. Jefferson’s vision is very much alive as well as preserved at Monticello. Monticello.org
When you visit Charlottesville for a getaway, you can assure the relaxation of your stay by choosing Prospect Hill. Our historic Inn and plantation features indoor and outdoor charms, and our restaurant is celebrated. A stay in one of our cottages promises unique furnishings, working fireplaces, luxurious robes, and superlative dining.