DC Day Trips

Life in the city can be exciting and invigorating with the constant hustle and bustle. However, there are times when one feels the need to escape for a bit. Here are a few suggestions for low-cost day trips in the Washington DC area.

Views from Great Falls Hike

Great Falls Park: Located only 30 minutes outside of DC, this national park and hiking trail offer spectacular views of waterfalls, and a cliff’s edge hike bound to take your breath away. For only $2 you can spend the day enjoying the fresh air and nature you don’t always get while in the city.  Visit the National Park Service’s website for more information.

Kings Dominion: About two hours from the city, this amusement park will satisfy your thrill-seeking side with its roller-coasters, as well as provide a chance to cool off in a water park on a hot summer day.  Go after 4pm for a discounted ticket price, or get a group together for group rates.  Right now they’re having an “Everyone’s a Kid” special price, so be sure to purchase your ticket soon! Check out http://www.kingsdominion.com/ for more information.

Maryland Beaches: With no beaches within an hour of the District, Maryland provides the closest options, including Ocean City.  Filled with fun activities for children and adults alike, Ocean City has ten miles of beach for tourists to enjoy. While a little over three hours from DC, this trip can be a lot for one day, but leaving early will help you beat the traffic, and returning late will allow you to enjoy a full day at the beach. The Ocean City website offers more information on how to plan this day trip for sometime soon!

National Aquarium: Only a 45 minute train ride away, Baltimore offers a great escape from life in the District.  Don’t miss one of the things known best in Baltimore, the National Aquarium.  With tickets only running $25 per person, it’s a fun, inexpensive way to escape the hot sun this summer. Visit the website to find out more information about exhibits and shows in the coming months. 

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