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.
301-744-4850 | www.ravenszone.net
Established in 1996, the Ravens are the national football team in Baltimore. Built in 1998, the stadium is located just south of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
757-253-3350 | www.buschgardens.com
Busch Gardens Williamsburg 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.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National
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.
Colonial Beach, Va.
804-224-7181 l www.colonialbeachva.net
Enjoy the sandy beach and fun in the sun located on the Potomac River just a short drive from the Dahlgren Base. Families and singles will find something for everyone. Colonial Beach is a small town with big beach fun and small town friendly. You can ride the trolley all over town, catch a boat ride on the Potomac River or fish from the town pier (you must have a fishing license). You will see many of our friendly folks
driving around town in golf carts. Check out a rental and join in the fun. Be sure to get a cool refreshing ice cream cone and take a walk along the wide boardwalk, sit on one of the many benches and watch the sunset. Or you can try any of the fine dining in one our great restaurants
On the second Friday each month you can stroll around town and visit the art galleries, select a perfect treasure for your home. Stay late and check out the nightlife, music and dancing in the sand. There are many great marinas located around town, for those interested boating, jet skis or kayaking. Shopping is a must while you are in town. If you want to spend the day, week or month you can rent one of the beautiful cottages or stay at our lovely hotels. For more information about places, events and times check out our web site, www.colonialbeach.org or stop and see us at the Tourism Building, located at the end of Hawthorne Street next to the Town Pier. 804-224-7181 or 804-224-0732.
Dahlgren Heritage Museum
3549 James Madison Parkway; King George, VA
The Dahlgren Heritage Museum uses exhibits and pictures to tell a powerful story that resonates from King George County all across the nation. It’s the story of how a remote testing range, carved out of Potomac River marshland in 1918, earned a reputation as an intellectual center for the Navy. The research and innovation that have gone into weapons development for almost a century are a key part of the story but so is the impact of that research on other innovations, like the GPS tracking system we use in our cars, and on the community outside the gate. Open first and third Saturdays of each month and for special events as announced on museum website. 540-663-3680; www.dahlgrenmuseum.org
Drum Point Lighthouse at Calvert
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.
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, Wilderness, 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
Northern Neck of Virginia
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.
Paramount’s Kings Dominion
804-876-5000 | www.kingsdominion.com
If you think riding Drop Tower at Kings Dominion is a thrill (and it is - riders enjoy a breathtaking view of the countryside as they ascend toward the sky, then take a 27-story freefall at 72 miles per hour), wait until you visit the park this year! Kings Dominion will continue to change the landscape for thrill-seekers and families in 2012 with WindSeeker, a 301-foot-tall tower that will spin riders 30 stories above the park, and Dinosaurs Alive!, a dinosaur park featuring nearly 40 life-sized, moving, roaring dinosaurs.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Across the Reflecting Pool from
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall,
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.
Marine Corps Memorial Iwo Jima Statue
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.
Maryland Renaissance Festival
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.
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.
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.
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
301-981-4413 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.
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. 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.
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.”
Wolf Trap Farm Park
for the Performing Arts
1624 Trap Road, Vienna, VA
703-218-6500 l www.wolftrap.org
Filene Center 703-255-1900
The Barns of Wolf Trap 703-938-2404
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.