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Trip to Mid atlantic staates in Octoer suggestions needed!!!

Trip to Mid atlantic staates in Octoer suggestions needed!!!

Old Apr 26th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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Trip to Mid atlantic staates in Octoer suggestions needed!!!

We are planning a driving trip in October to Maryland , North Carolina and Virginia. We want to do Annapolis, the eastern part of the Chesapeake Bay area and go down through coastal Virginia to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We have about 10 days. I just don't know how to organize this! We thought when in Annapolis, we could take a day trip down to St Mary's in Maryland. Anyone done this? What else should we do in North Caroline? New Bern? We have been to Virginia, so really only the coast there. You can tell I am just getting going on this. I need to figure out where to stay..we hate to move every night! any ideas are grateffully accepted!
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Old Apr 26th, 2007, 07:26 AM
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Wilmington, NC and Edenton, NC would make nice stops. What are your interests?
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Old Apr 26th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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Thanks cmcfong...We really enjoy scenery, history..hoping for lovely foliage at that time. We like walks on the beach and good food. Not much we don't enjoy, except maybe heavy traffic and dense crowds! looking to avoid really big cities if possible...though we will most likely go to Annapolis...but not Baltimore.
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Old Apr 26th, 2007, 08:54 AM
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Here are some thoughts then, going places:
Historyld Salem in Winston-Salem, Edenton or New Bern.
Long walks on beach: Outer Banks, Sunset Beach
History and long walks: Beaufort and Atlantic Beach or Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach
Lovely foliage: Come west to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Boone, Blowing Rock, Asheville area

This is a wonderful place to visit, welcome to North Carolina!
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Old Apr 26th, 2007, 09:04 AM
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St Mary's City is great place to visit if you're interested in historic preservation and Maryland history in particular. Everything seems to revolve around the Chesapeake Bay down there. Be sure to check the hours of operation for the places you are most interested in seeing, because not everything is open at the same time. This is a good site for information:

http://www.stmaryscity.org/

St Mary's College, Patuxent River Naval Air Station and Point Lookout State Park (the site of a civil war prisoner of war camp) are also nearby.
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Old Apr 26th, 2007, 11:52 AM
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Thank you!!!
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 11:43 AM
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St Mary's City is a doable but long (2 hrs each way) daytrip from Annapolis. It is similar to historic Williamsburg or Jamestown on a smaller scale. On the way there or back you could also stop at Calvert Cliffs State Park. It is well known for the many fossils that have been discovered there. As you walk along the beach it is easy to find shark teeth.

Suggestions on the MD eastern shore:
Princess Anne. It is a small but beautiful historic town with cute B&Bs, historical walking tours of local mansions.
From there I would leave early for Assateague Island (see the wild ponies) and continue on along the coast to the Outer Banks. Although, this would be a long (4 hr) driving day.

North Carolina:
Outer Banks are nice and much less crowded at this time of year. If you stay near Nags Head you can do Cape Hatteras, Wright Brothers Memorial, etc from there.

Foliage:
I agree with cmcfong. Try to go home via the western part of NC or consider the Skyline Drive in VA. The foliage is much more dramatic there. Of course, keep your eyes on the foliage trackers, if its past peak, it's not worth it IMO.
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Old May 5th, 2007, 06:30 PM
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The folage people have a point but the motel rates on the coast are better at that time of the year. If you drove down the easter shore from Annapolis you might stop at one of my favorite historic sites, the surrender field at Yorktown. I assume you have done Williamsburg but you can also park up near the college and just do a quick stroll to reacquaint yourself with the atmosphere. Same with Jamestown site, not the demo park. Getting back down the Carolina coast do the Write Brothers Site and try to be in the visitor's center when the ranger tells the story about the man who took the famous picture of the first flight. Do stop a Jockey's Ridge and eat at "Bassnights" between Hags Head and Manteo. The Lost Colony will probably be closed at that time but drive down to Hatteras to see the light house and cross over to Ocracoke Island and stay long enough to learn what life is like on this isolated island. This is a favorite place of ours. Take the ferry to Atlantic and back up to New Bern to see the governors house and/or take the ferry to Swanquarter and detour to the historic town of Bath. Edenton is also a nice stop. Hope this is helpful.
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Old May 5th, 2007, 07:27 PM
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If doing the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive in peak color season, and are planning a hotel stop , make reservations ahead of time cuz everything gets booked in advance.
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Old May 12th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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Another beach walk (with bonus fossils!) is in Calvert County, Maryland. Check out Calvert Cliffs State Park on route 4 (the road is a.k.a. Pennsylvania Ave. when it reaches D.C). Heads up that there is a long walk from the parking area to the beach. Bring a picnic!
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