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Annapolis Waterfront

Annapolis is the state capital and is also known as the "sailboat capital of the world". Annapolis is the home of the United States Naval Academy, and Saint John's College and is located at the mouth of the Severn River on the Chesapeake Bay. Downtown in the Historic area, originally established in 1695, City Dock is a favorite place to visit. Known to local boaters as "Ego Alley" it is the weekend and evening scene of a steady parade of expensive yachts and the site of the world's largest sailboat and power boat shows every October.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore, MD

410-261-RAVE

301-744-4850 | www.ravenszone.net

Established in 1996, the Ravens are a new addition to sports in Baltimore. Built in 1998, the stadium is located just south of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National

Historical Park

301-739-4200

www.nps.gov/choh/co_visit.html

The C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route, primarily hauling coal from western Maryland to the port of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of original structures, including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, serve as reminders of the canal's role as a transportation system during the Canal Era. Enjoy the natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

Drum Point Lighthouse at Calvert

Marine Museum

Solomons, MD

410-326-2042, 410-326-8217-weekends

Drum Point Lighthouse dominates the museum's waterfront. This screwpile, cottage type light is only one of three remaining from forty-five that once served the Chesapeake Bay at the beginning of the twentieth century. Decommissioned in 1962, the ligh house fell victim to vandals until moved to its present site in 1975. Beautifully restored, complete with furnishings of the early twentieth century, it has become the waterfront's main attraction and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are guided, and the schedule varies seasonally. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees apply.

Fort Washington

Prince George's County, MD

301-763-4600 | www.nps.gov/fowa

Fort Washington was an active military post from 1808 to 1946 and experienced many changes as part of a system that would defend the east coast from naval attack. Fort Washington is not just one structure but several built to meet the changing demands of strategy and technology during its 138 years of active service. The park is located four miles south of the Capital Beltway on the eastern bank of the Potomac River. From I-95 take Indian Head Hwy. (MD 210) south for four miles then turn right onto Fort Washington, Road. Open year round and there is a $5 fee per vehicle April 1 – Oct. 31.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Crownsville, MD

800-296-7304 | www.rennfest.com

The Maryland Renais-sance Festival is a recreation of a 16th century English village. Our village is named Revel Grove, and is set on a beautiful 25-acre wooded site. The village consists of craft and food booths, five pubs, eight major stages, a Jousting Arena and lots of games. You'll want to start the day with the King's Welcome outside the front gate at 9:445 a.m. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a perfect family outing, in easy reach from both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Open 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., free parking. Come early, for a full day of fun awaits! Dates: End of August through October.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

333 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD

410-685-9800 | www.theorioles.com

Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the beautiful baseball-only facility in downtown Baltimore, became the official home of the Orioles. Oriole Park is state-of-the-art yet unique, traditional and intimate in design. It blends with the urban context of downtown Baltimore while taking its image from baseball parks built in the early 20th century. The ballpark seats 48,876. A light rail system bring fans directly to the park.

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

22156 Three Notch Rd, Lexington Park, MD

301-863-7418 | www.paxmuseum.com

The only official Navy museum dedicated to telling the scientific and technological story of U.S. Navy Aviation research, development, testing, and evaluation. Also features a museum store. Open Tues-Sun,10am-5pm. Closed Mon and major holidays.

Six Flags America

301-249-1500

301-981-4413 for discount tickets

Family fun and excitement can be found only minutes from Andrews at Six Flags America. This amusement park features more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. From the Wild One wooden roller coaster to the newest Typhoon sea coaster, there is high speed adventure and fun awaiting the brave. Those wishing to cool off during the summer heat can find an oasis at the wave pool. Paradise Island, another water wonderland, features water slides and jungle gyms and swimming areas for all ages. The park also features a four-chute Rainbow Zoom—a one-half mile water slide! This recreational park covers nearly 300 acres, offering everything from animal acts to magic shows, puppet plays to marching bands, all in the name of family fun. Six Flags America is located off the Capital Beltway, Exit 15A. Call for more details and information on the newest attractions.

Washington Redskins

1600 FedEx Way, Landover, MD

301-276-6050 (ticket office)

301-276-6000 | www.redskins.com

From the days of Slingin' Sammy Baugh through the Joe Gibbs era, Redskins fans have always been the most loyal and dedicated in all of sports. It takes teamwork to win a championship and Redskins fans are truly the twelfth man on the field. Upon returning to coach the Redskins in January 2004, Gibbs said it best: “The first part of this teamwork is already in place-that's the fans. I've always appreciated the history and the fans who love the team. The way they care about you is what drives you.”

Arlington National Cemetery

Memorial Bridge and Jefferson Davis Hwy,

Arlington, VA | 703-607-8052

Tomb of the Unknowns, Amphitheater, Arlington House and the grave of President John F. Kennedy. Changing of the guard at the tomb every half hour in the summer and every hour the rest of the year. Open daily; April - September, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; October - March, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

757-253-3350 | www.buschgardens.com

Busch Gardens Williams-burg is an actionpacked, European-themed park with 17th century charm and 21st century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of unparalleled fun and adventure for the entire family. "America's Most Beautiful Theme Park'' is home to the world's top-rated roller coasters, more than 40 thrilling rides and attractions, eight mainstage shows, and a magical children's area. Open weekends in March, daily April 6 through Sept. 3, weekends until end of October.

Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania

National Military Park

120 Chatham Lane, Fredericksburg, VA

540-371-0802 | www.nps.gov/frsp

Approximately 110,000 casualties occurred during the four major battles fought in the vicinity of Fredericksburg, Va., making it the bloodiest ground on the North American continent. In 1927 the U.S. Congress established Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Memorial National Military Park to commemorate the heroic deeds of the men engaged at the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville,Wilder-ness, and Spotsylvania Court House. Today the park also includes the historic structures of Chatham, Ellwood, Salem Church, and the "Stonewall" Jackson Shrine.

George Washington Birthplace

National Park

Northern Neck of Virginia

804-224-1732

George Washington was America's first and greatest hero whose leadership was crucial to the establishment of the United States as an independent nation founded on the principles of personal liberty. George Washington Birthplace National Monument preserves the heart of the Washingtons' plantation and the Washington Family Burial Ground. A Memorial House and dependencies were constructed in 1931 near the location of the original Washington home. Here, in the peace and beauty of this place untouched by time, the staunch character of our hero comes to the imagination. George Washington Birthplace is located at the terminus of Route 204 off Virginia Route 3. The park is 38 miles east of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Interstate 95, and is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The park is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admissions fees do apply.

Marine Corps Memorial

Iwo Jima Statue

Arlington, VA

202-619-7222 | Metro: Rosslyn

Based on Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of six Marines raising the stars and stripes American flag on Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima, this 78-foot memorial, created by Felix de Weldon, commemorates all the Marines who have died in battle since 1775. Open daily, 8am-midnight. Route 50 at Arlington Boulevard & Ridge Road.

Monticello

Charlottesville, VA

434-984-9800 (recorded)

434-984-9822 (PA) | www.monticello.org

Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States. Explore Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's mountaintop home, gardens, and plantation. Located in the Virginia Piedmont. Monticello and the Monticello Visitors Center are open every day except Christmas.

Mount Vernon

George Washington Memorial Parkway,

16 miles south of Washington, D.C.

703-780-2000 | www.mountvernon.org

This Georgian-style, circa-1743 mansion was the home and plantation of George Washington. Located on the south bank of the Potomac River. Guided tours of the grounds and gardens are conducted daily from April through Labor Day. Admission fee.

Paramount's Kings Dominion

Doswell, VA

804-876-5000 | www.kingsdominion.com

Allow the screams to wail in this 320 acre amusement park that features the stand-up lopping roller coaster, the Shockwave. No home of the largest drop ride in North America, a 305-foot tower of thrills that promises daring riders a 272-foot descent at 72 miles per-hour! Other rides include the wooden coas ers, the Rebel Yell and the Grizzly, and WaterWorks, a 19-acre water park extravaganza. Open daily.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Across the Reflecting Pool from

the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall,

Washington, D.C.

Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU or Smithsonian

Commemorating the 628,000 troops who were killed in the Korean "conflict", this memorial consists of 19 giant polished steel statues. On an adjacent black granite wall, you can see more than 2,000 photographic images from the war, have been sand-blasted onto the wall.

Stratford Hall Plantation

804-493-8038 | www.stratfordhall.org

Stratford Hall, the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee, is one of the great houses of American history. Its magnificent setting on a high bluff above the Potomac River and its bold architectural style set it apart from any other colonial house, but its highest distinction is the family of patriots who lived there. The Plantation is still managed as a farm today on 1670 of its original acres. Come and enjoy an unhurried visit to the country! Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Great House tours (on the hour) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Plantation Store shopping from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Plantation Dining Room open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please Note: The Plantation Dining Room will be closed to the public on Saturday, May 6, 2006. The Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Library is open to researchers (by appointment only) on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Stratford Mill will operate from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the first full weekend of each month from April through September. The Mill Road is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.

Wolf Trap Farm Park

for the Performing Arts

1624 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

703-218-6500

Filene Center 703-255-1900

Theater-in-the-Woods 703-255-1827

The Barns of Wolf Trap 703-938-2404

www.wolftrap.org

Located at America's National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap's majestic Filene Center provides the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area with a magical outdoor venue for world-class performances of every genre. Operated in partnership with the National Park Service, the Filene Center houses over 90 performances annually from late May to early September, as well as a variety of education programs, artist master classes, special events and a yearly Holiday Sing-A-Long for families and friends throughout the community.

John F. Kennedy Center

for the Performing Arts

2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

202-467-4600 or 202-416-8341

for group information

www.kennedy-center.org

Overlooking the Potomac River in the nation's busiest arts facility, presenting more than 3,300 performances each year for audiences numbering more than 2 million, the Kennedy Center continues to fulfill his vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular and folk music, and multi-media performances for all ages. The Kennedy Center contains the Opera House, Concert Hall, Eisenhower Theater, the Terrace Theater, Hall of Nations, and the American Film Institute Theater. The Millennium Stage presents free performances in the Grand Foyer every night at 6 p.m. Open daily for public viewing: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Shuttle available from Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro.

Holocaust Museum

South of Independence Ave., SW, between

14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place

Metro: Smithsonian

202-488-0400 | www.ushmm.org

This impressive museum was built to remember and pay tribute to the millions of victims of the Holocaust, and to tell the story of this tragic era. The largest of its kind in the world, the Holocaust Museum uses authentic artifacts, oral histories, and interactive displays to trace the story of Jewish persecution under the Nazi regime from its beginnings to liberation in 1945. Free admission, but tickets are required.

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Across the Reflecting Pool from

the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall,

Washington, D.C.

Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU or Smithsonian

Commemorating the 628,000 troops who were killed in the Korean "conflict", this memorial consists of 19 giant polished steel statues. On an adjacent black granite wall, you can see more than 2,000 photographic images from the war, have been sand-blasted onto the wall.

Lincoln Memorial

West End of The Mall Near 23rd St., N.W.,

Washington, D.C.

Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU or Smithsonian

202-426-6895

The classic Greek temple memorial is located at West Potomac Park. This grand memorial overlooks the Reflecting Pool. Inside, the 19-foot marble statue of the 16th president is flanked by inscriptions of his Gettysburg Address and his second inaugural address.

National WWII Memorial

202-619-7222 (Park Service)

www.nps.gov/nwwm

The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. The memorial is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people. The Second World War is the only 20th Century event commemorated on the National Mall's central axis. Located on 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, and is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.