Mid-Atlantic trip

Aug 21st, 2004, 07:51 AM
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Mid-Atlantic trip

We are planning a trip to New Jersey, Maryland, DC and Virginia. Any recommendations on what we should definitely see and do? Any good hotel and restaurant recommendations would also be appreciated. We ususally stay in hotels in the area of $100 a night and we are open regarding restaurant price---we just want good food!
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Aug 21st, 2004, 09:10 AM
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When are you going, and for how long.

How many people, their ages.

What are you interested in -- outdoor activities, museums, historical sites, casinos, theater, rock collecting?
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Aug 21st, 2004, 12:45 PM
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We are going in October for about a week. It will just be my husband and I, both in our 50's. We enjoy all those activities except rock collecting and casinos. Of particular interest would be historial sites. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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Aug 21st, 2004, 01:09 PM
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I live in DC and one of my favorite places to go is Annapolis. It is extremely charming. I recommend touring the State Capital, which was where George Washington resigned as commander of the Continental Army, to go on to become president.

The waterfront in Annapolis is very picturesque. I suggest having lunch at Carrol's Creek, which is across the harbor from downtown, and has great views of the US Naval Academy. If you go there, definitely try the She Crab Soup!
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Aug 21st, 2004, 01:20 PM
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What area of the country are you coming from? Have you been to any of these places before? How will you be traveling? (car, train, plane). Do you know your starting point and ending point? A week isn't very much to see all those places. You can spend a week in DC alone! Here are some general suggestions: In DC, the Smithsonian's many, varied museums are wonderful! Allow at least 2 museum days, and be sure to include the Air and Space, Natural History Museum, Hirschorn, Freer and Sackler Galleries, and American History Museum. Since there's no admission charge, you don't have to feel compelled to see each museum in entirety. Also, the Holocaust Museum is incredibly well done. THat alone takes several hours and will be an emotional experience. If you've never done the tourist sites in DC, allow a day for them, too: Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, White House, Capitol. When we go to DC, we usually stay in the suburbs at a hotel close to the Metro. Then we can park for free and just ride the metro into the city, where parking is a nightmare and it's easy to get lost. You can get everywhere you need to by walking and taking the metro. We usually stay in Bethesda MD (Hyatt) or Silver Spring ( the Hilton is good). There are excellent restaurants in Bethesda. Downtown DC seems to be pretty dead at night, so we don't mind going back to the suburbs after dark. DC is close to Baltimore, an hour drive. Baltimore's Inner Harbor area is very nice, with good hotels and restaurants, boat rides, and the National Aquarium there is excellent. You could head to Annapolis and stay in a nice inn. Or, if you like the beach, drive to Delaware (Chincoteague-the wild horses), and then take the Lewes Ferry to Cape May, NJ, a lovely victorian beach town with charming B&Bs and good restaurants. If you've never been to Phila., it's only
1 1/2 hrs. from Baltimore or from Cape May. It's where I live, and there are lots of historic sites and museums to see here. Or, from DC you could head the other direction and go to Williamsburg VA, well worth doing if you've never been there. You could also put together an itinerary of Civil War sites, if that interests you, Manassas, Fredericksburg, etc. Or you could head west and drive through the Shenandoah along Skyline Drive, absolutely gorgeous, and there are nice lodges in the park, though they may already be booked for Oct, prime leaf season. There are tons of other hotels, though, and lovely cities like Charlottesville, and Jefferson's home Monticello, and outdoor activities such as hiking to gorgeous waterfalls, canoeing, and horseback riding. Be advised: many hikes in the Shenandoah are backwards compared to hikes most everywhere else. Instead of hiking up to a waterfall and then the return journey is at least downhill, you generally hike down to the waterfalls, and then you must save energy for the return hike uphill. I'll be glad to give you more specific info, if I can, when you have narrowed down your itinerary a bit.
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Aug 21st, 2004, 02:02 PM
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New Jersey has a wealth of interesting areas. Princeton has old buildings and a beautiful campus. Ocean Grove is a Victorian Camp Meeting Grounds. Asbury Park has the Stone Pony, the home of many rock and roll groups (Bruce stops by frequently). Morristown has a colonial battleground. The possibilities are endless. I suggest you get a good guide book and zero in on your particular interests.
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Aug 21st, 2004, 07:35 PM
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We are drivng from Chicago and going to a wedding in Pittsburgh then taking this trip. We have been to Philly so we are going to skip it this time. I know a week is not long and we know that we may have to narrow the trip to 2 or 3 states rather than 4. We definitely want to see the historic sights in Virginia and my husband has not seen as much as I have of DC so he definitely wants to go there. I just wanted to get some ideas from others of what they feel are the most worthwhile places to visit in these states.
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Aug 22nd, 2004, 04:24 AM
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Well, to see a couple of things in Virginia (Williamsburgh, Monticello, Mount Vernon) and a little in DC you have already used up a week. Not sure you would have time for anything else.
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From Pittsburgh, I would head to Charlottesville to see Monticello (will probably take you 5.5 hours). I enjoyed Monticello immensely, more so than Mt Vernon and Williamsburg. The town itself is also quite charming and would be stunning in October with the fall foliage. You could spend the night, then head to Fredericksburg (about 1 hr 30 min from Charlottesville) and possibly Manassas. Maybe you could stay for a night or two in Old Town Alexandria (about 1 hr from Fredericksburg) and see Mt Vernon. Old Town is a quaint area with lots of shops, restaurants and historic buildings. Then, spend the rest of your time in DC seeing everything lesliec1 mentioned. I would limit the trip to VA and DC so that you are not spending the entire time in the car. But, since you have to drive through MD to get home so you could always stop at Antietam on the way.
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Aug 22nd, 2004, 05:16 AM
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Below are two sites to get you started. After reading though them you may decide that a week is not much time at all.

I'll suggest one possible trip:
1 day in Fredricksburg
3 days in DC (though you easily spenf a full week)
1 day in Annapolis
1 day in Baltimore
1 day in Antietam

The DC websight below includes info on Virginia.
Even budget DC hotels are more expensive that $100. DC hotels cost about what you are probably used to paying on the Mag. Mile in Chicago.

http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/[email protected]

http://www.fodors.com/miniguides/[email protected]

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Aug 22nd, 2004, 08:01 AM
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As you head southeast from Pittsburgh, you might want to pass through the Confluence/Ohiopyle State Park area. It's about 35 miles from Pittsburgh. Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house Falling Water is there, well worth seeing before it falls into the water. (Call the conservancy that manages it to find out about tour times.) Ohiopyle St. Park is beautiful, and has some of the best white water rafting on the east coast, up to Class III rapids, on the Youghiogheny River ("The Yock"). There are organized trips, and they rent wet suits and all that. In Oct, they may only be on weekends, though. A lot of fun, even for novices! From there, you can continue south and easily pick up Interstate 68 East if you're heading to Baltimore. There's a better interstate to take if you're heading right to DC, but I don't know its number offhand.
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