Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
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Monticello is the tobacco plantation. It is the primary residence of the third president of the US. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is designed and built by Thomas Jefferson. He started working when he was 26 years old and he died in the year 1826. It provides a tour of the house, sunset tour, and special scene tour. Jefferson was buried in Jefferson Cemetery.
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If you are a nature lover this is the best place for you. It is an award-winning public display garden which is located inside of the Wheaton Regional Park. It has a variety of garden in a display like a rose garden, butterfly garden, aquatic garden, and a Japanese style garden. It also has a library which provides information about horticulture to its visitors. Visitors can experience the beauty of the garden throughout the year.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical park
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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park was established to preserve the remnants of the Ohio canal in the year 1961. It was used to transport coal, wood and other agricultural products by being connected with the communities of Potomac River in the mid-1800s. Nowadays the park provides facilities like hiking, biking, fire pits, water pump, picnic areas to its visitors.
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National aquarium is a home to 750 aquatic species and 20000 specimens which can be seen in 2200000 gallons of water. It is a nonprofit public aquarium which is located in the Baltimore inner harbor. It also has 4D theatres that show 3D films to its visitors.
Shenandoah National Park
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Shenandoah National Park is a narrow park surrounded by a blue ridge garden, by a rolling hill of Virginia Piedmont and by the Shenandoah Valley and River. The park has beautiful waterfalls. It also offers facilities like hiking, picnicking and backcountry camping. SkyDrive is a long road along the entire length of the park is the most popular features of the park. It also has public washrooms and bookstalls.
Blue Ridge Parkway
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is the most beautiful and longest national parkway in the US. It connects the Shenandoah national park to the Great Smoky mountain national park. It includes a number of attractive places such as Craggy garden, the Linville falls, the Museum of North Carolina minerals and Humpback rock.
Fredericksburg And Spotsylvania National Military Park
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It includes the site of four major battles such as Fredericksburg battle, Battle of Chancellorsville, Wilderness battle and the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. It was established in the year 1925. It also includes many historic buildings such as Salem church, Chatham Manor, Ellwood Manor and the house of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died. It also offers lectures, artifact preservation, and fit history hiking program.
Antietam National Battlefield
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It is a protected area which is located along the Antietam Creek. It serves as a site if the savage battle during the American Civil war in the year 1862. It contains various workshops, gift shops and museums for the visitors. It also includes Antietam national cemetery, the Drunken church, and the Pry house field hospitals.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
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Blackwater national wildlife refuge is a sanctuary for the migrating birds which comes from the Atlantic Flyway route. It was established in the year 1933 which includes forest, wetland, and freshwater dams. It offers the visitors with varieties of facilities like cycling, birdwatching, wildlife exhibition, authentic eagle’s nest and long wildlife drive on the Blackwater river. It is the best place for a bird lovers as they can watch a variety of birds in this Blackwater national wildlife refuge.
Gunpowder Falls State Park
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Gunpowder falls state park is the largest state park in Maryland which includes rugged slopes, terrain, tidal wetlands, and open lands. There are other attractions which are offered by the park like hiking, horse riding, swimming beaches, archery ranges, and amusement parks. During summer it also offers campsites.
William Paca House And Garden
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William Paca house and the garden is a historical five-part Georgian mansion which was known as Carvel Hall that was established in the year the 1760s. It was a known as a residence of William Paca the governor of Maryland for signing the Declaration of Independence. It has a beautiful wall garden inside which includes a fish-shaped pond and an old-fashioned open kitchen. The interior of the mansion is decorated with furnishings and colorful paintings.
Maryland Science Centre
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Maryland Science Centre is the oldest science center located in the Baltimore inner harbor which offers exhibitions, displays on various topics like Earth science, the human body and marine life of Chesapeake Bay. It also includes a planetarium and 3D IMAX movie theatre. A variety of events are also offered such as stargazing evenings, chemistry demonstrations and how to build model spaceships which are suitable for visitors of all ages.
Ocean City Beaches
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It is one of the most attractive and beautiful beaches with over 10miles of sands. The beach is most popular for its waves and it is the most suitable place for the surfers and boogie boarders. It offers swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing for its visitors. It also has a washroom and a shower for the visitors to be used free of charge. A boardwalk also provides an opportunity for shopping, dining, and lodging.
So these are the places suitable for the visitors for day trips from DC. These are the most beautiful places which attract most of the visitors and a day trip from DC to these destinations takes not more than 1 to 2 hours. So this may serve you as a guide if you are planning for a day trip from DC.