Photos: Top 10 Day Trips Less Than 100 Miles From DC

Where do you go when you want to get away... and also sleep in your own bed that night?

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We offer our picks for Top 10 Day Trips, all no further than 100 miles from D.C.
Historic Annapolis offers stunning architecture, bay views and a heaping helping of history. Have a pirate adventure, visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum (723 2nd St.) or tour the state capitol. ISO live music? Head to the Rams Head (33 West St.). Lunch beckons at the tried-and-true <a href="" target=blank.Chick and Ruth's Deli for lunch, or explore dining opps. DISTANCE: 33 miles from downtown D.C.
Relax along the Susquehanna river in Havre de Grace, with fishing and boating and a spectacular view on the boardwalk. Take a shopping detour in the quaint downtown area or pamper yourself at a day spa. Fresh seafood abounds, and so do historical sights, such as the Concord Point Lighthouse. DISTANCE: 74.9 miles from downtown D.C.
Enjoy the scenic countryside along the Monticello Wine Trail, surrounded by the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains; dozens of wineries dot the area. Our pick? Barboursville Vineyards (17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, Virginia) on the estate of James Barbour, governor of Virginia during the Civil War. While there, explore the ruins of the mansion Thomas Jefferson designed for Barbour. DISTANCE: 100 miles from downtown D.C.
Take a trip back in time to Gettysburg, to get a firsthand look at the historic battlefield, complete with a stereo bus tour, when you can listen to Hollywood actors recreate the famed battle. Stroll along scenic cobblestone streets, browse in village shops and check out Civil War artifacts. If you’re not too easily frightened, venture out to the nightly 90-minute ghost walking tour that ends inside a "haunted" house. Finish off in Thurmont for a dinner buffet at the Cozy Inn. DISTANCE: 80 miles from downtown D.C.
King's Dominion
Sure, it's kind of a guilty pleasure, but Kings Dominion (16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, Virginia) is packed with coasters (Volcano is our fave), kids' rides and the Soak City park once things really heat up and you're desperately trying to escape D.C. humidity. The park opens for the season March 25. DISTANCE: 85 miles from downtown D.C.
In Shenandoah National Park, hike from waterfall to waterfall, climb the rocky Old Rag Mountain, go biking or take a guided horseback ride. If you need to cool off, head over to Shenandoah River Outfitters (6502 S. Page Valley Road, Luray, Va.) and go rafting, tubing or kayaking on the shady river. DISTANCE: 75 miles from downtown D.C. at its northernmost point; see all park entrances here.
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets
Shop 'til you drop at the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets (241 Fort Evans Road NE, Leesburg, Virginia), with dozens of top outlets, including Diesel, Kate Spade, Samsonite and Williams-Sonoma. Stop before your bank account's completely empty, though, and kick back at The Wine Kitchen (7 S. King St., Leesburg), Señor Ramon Taqueria (15 Loudoun St. SE) or another historic downtown leesburg spot for a meal that will reward you for all your hard, um, "work." DISTANCE: 42 miles from downtown D.C.
How could we leave out our neighbor to the north? Charm City offers waterfront dining and bars along the Inner Harbor, the world-class Baltimore Aquarium (501 E. Pratt St.) and the fascinating American Visionary Art Museum. Catch an Orioles game at Camden Yards when the weather's nice -- opening day is April 3. DISTANCE: 40 miles from downtown D.C.
Dreading the backup on the Bay Bridge? Forget about it! Sandy Point State Park (1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland) is barely an hour's drive. The view of the bridge is gorgeous, and what's even better is knowing you don't have to drive over it. Bring a cooler and fire up one of the grills after you've dried off. DISTANCE: 37 miles from downtown D.C.
Go Ape
Go Ape! Adventure Park (6129 Needwood Lake Drive, Rockville, Md.) offers some of the longest, highest ziplines in the area. Hike through the breathtaking forest scenery and prepare yourself for an adrenaline-pumping journey ziplining through lush trees. DISTANCE: 23 miles from downtown D.C.
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