Budget-friendly Daytrip Destinations

Here are the guidelines for what I consider a budget-friendly daytrip destination:
  1. Gas money isn't included. That's because if I live near Baltimore and drive to Deep Creek Lake, my gas expenses will be different than for someone who lives in Pittsburgh and drives down to Deep Creek Lake. Gas prices also fluctuate, depending on the time of year (summertime prices tend to be higher) and what world events are happening.
  2. Budget friendly in my view is a day trip destination that costs $25 or less for two people, or $50 or less for a family of four.
  3. This doesn't depend on grouponing or other such deals, or senior, student or military discounts.


Air Mobility Command Museum
Bombay Hook NWR
Cape Henlopen State Park -- COMING SOON!
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bike Path
Delaware City
First State Heritage State Park -- COMING SOON!
Fort Delaware
Fort Dupont State Park
Governor Ross Mansion
John Dickinson Plantation
Johnson Victrola Museum
Killens Pond State Park
Lewes - Enjoying a Beach Town Offseason!
Milford River Walk
Painted Stave Distillery -- COMING SOON!
Patty Cannon Trail
Trap Pond State Park


Annapolis, MD
Annapolis Hidden History
Annapolis Rocks
Assateague Island (Maryland side) 
Baltimore and Annapolis Trail  
Baltimore's Waterfront Promenade
Belmont Manor
Blackhill Regional Park
Blackwater NWR and Eagles at Blackwater NWR
Blackwater River/Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Kayaking
Brookside Gardens and Garden of Lights
Bucktown General Store
Cambridge, MD 
Caroline County UGRR
Carter - Archer Mansion
Catoctin Mountain National Park
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Chesapeake City
Chesapeake Country Murals
C&O Canal: 
     Brunswick to Dargan Bend
    Canal Pride Days 
     Fort Frederick to Hancock
     Great Falls
     Locks 33 and 34
    Lander Lockhouse
    Maryland Heights (Harpers Ferry),     
    Monocacy & Catoctin Aqueducts
     Paw Paw Tunnel to Lock 56
    Swain's Lock to Seneca Aqueduct
    Kayaking at Swain's Lock
Columbia's Four Lakes
Covered Bridges of Frederick County 
Cross Island Trail
Cunningham Falls State Park
Daniels, Maryland's Ghost Town 
Deep Creek Lavendar Farm
Denton, MD
Distillery Lane Ciderworks
Downs Memorial Park (Anne Arundel Co, MD)
Ellicott City, MD
Fort Foote
Fort Washington
Fort McHenry National Historic Site
Hammond-Harwood House
Hampton Mansion
Harriet Tubman Byway
Harriet Tubman State Park
Heritage Rail Trail 
Historic Annapolis Museum Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake Exhibit
Jerusalem Village Hike / Gunpowder Falls State Park
Light City Baltimore Festival
Little Seneca Lake
Market Fair
Maryland Heights Hike: Part 1 and Part 2  
Monocacy National Battlefield
Monterey Pass Battlefield Park
Mount Olivet Cemetery (Frederick, MD)
National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes 
New Market, MD
Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail and lower NCR
Patapsco Female Institute
Patapsco River Valley State Park Part 1 and Part 2
             Avalon Section/Grist Mill Trail
             Daniels -- Maryland's Ghost Town
             Hell House and revisiting Hell House
             McKeldin Area
Patuxent Branch Trail (Columbia, MD)
Pen Mar Park to High Rocks: Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Poe House Museum
Riversdale Plantation
Rocks State Park
Seneca Creek State Park Kayaking on Clopper Lake
St. Michaels, MD
Sugarloaf Mountain Park
Swallow Falls State Park 
Tilghman Island
Western Maryland Rail Trail East and West
Westminster Burying Ground
Wetipquin Creek (Nanticoke River Water Trail)

New Jersey

Barnegat Lighthouse
Cape May
Cape May Lighthouse
High Point State Park
Island Beach State Park
Liberty State Park

New York

Ellis Island
High Line Park (NYC)
Kykuit Mansion/Rockefeller Estate
New York City in December
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery 
Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse
Statue of Liberty
Tarrytown, NY Riverwalk on the Hudson River


9 Coal Mine and Museum
Adams County Scenic Valley Tour
Adams County Photo Safari
Barns of Delaware Water Gap NRA Photo Safari
Bethlehem Steel Furnace Stacks
Bee Kind Winery
Benjamin Parry Mansion
Big Spring Spirits
Bilgers Rocks
Bloody Knox Cabin
Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel
Boutiques and Antiques in Bellefonte
Bowmans Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bucks County Covered Bridge Tour
Butler County Barn Tour
Butler County Fall Festivals
Butler - Freeport Community Rail Trail
Central PA Tasting Trail -- COMING SOON!
Centre Furnace Mansion
Chanticleer Gardens
Christ Church 
Christ Church Burial Ground 
Christkindlemarkt Bethlehem PA
Clearfield County Historical Museum
David S Ammerman (Rail) Trail
Daytrip into Elk Country
Delaware Canal Towpath
Depot at Doolittles
Eastern State PenitentiaryUpdate, and Ghost Hunt
Eckley Miners' Village 
Eisenhower Farm
Farnsworth House Inn
Fonthill Castle
Fort Ligonier -- COMING SOON!
Fort Necessity National Historic Site
Flight 93 National Memorial
Gettysburg Heritage Museum
Gettysburg National Military Park
   via Segway 
    via bicycle 
   InSite iPad tour
    Cemetery Ridge Hike -- COMING SOON!
Ghost Town Rail Trail
Good Intent Cidery -- COMING SOON!
Great Allegheny Passage Bridge to Bridge Ride
Grice Museum
Halbrendt's Vineyard -- COMING SOON!
Hauzer Estate Winery & Cidery
Heritage Rail Trail 
Hollabaugh Orchards
Hoover-Mason Trestle
Kayaking on the West Branch Susquehanna River
Kemerer Museum of the Decorative Arts
Laurel Hill Cemetery (Philadelphia)
Mason Dixon Distillery
Mercer Museum
Monterey Pass Battlefield Park
Moraine State Park
Mount Nittany Winery and Vineyards -- COMING SOON!
Museum of the American Revolution
Mutter Museum
National Apple Harvest Festival
National Aviary
National Museum of Industry History
New Hope
Ohiopyle State Park
PA Military Museum -- COMING SOON!
Pennhurst School Ghost Hunt
Ricketts Glen State Park 
Ringing Rocks State Park
Schuylkill River Kayaking
Shriver House Museum
Southern Alleghenies Art Museum - Ligonier
Three Rivers Heritage Trails
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Washington Crossing Historic Park
Westmoreland Art Museum -- COMING SOON!
    Art Scene
     Boutiques to Antiques
     Making Soap
    Murals -- COMING SOON!


Alexandria African-American Heritage Park -- COMING SOON!
Alexandria African-American Walk -- COMING SOON!
Alexandria Black History Museum -- COMING SOON!
Arlington National Cemetery 
American Civil War Museum 
Black History in Hampton VA -- COMING SOON!
Cedar Creek/Belle Grove National Battlefield and Historic Site
Chincoteague NWR 
Contraband and Freedman Cemetery -- COMING SOON!
Eagle Rock Hike from the AT
Freedom House Museum -- COMING SOON!
Front Royal, VA 
Fort Monroe Casemate Museum
Hampton Beaches -- COMING SOON!
Hampton History Museum -- COMING SOON!
High Bridge Rail Trail
Hollywood Cemetery (Richmond)
Malvern Hill Battlefield -- Seven Days Battle -- COMING SOON!
Manassas National Battlefield Park 
Mount Hebron Cemetery (Winchester)
Mount Vernon Trail
Moton Museum
Museum of the Confederacy 
Natural Chimneys
New Market Battlefield
Prospect Hill Cemetery (Front Royal, VA)
Richmond National Battlefield Park/Cold Harbor National Battlefield 
Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park
Scott's Run Nature Preserve
Shenandoah National Park Leaf Peeping in 2014 and 2015
Stonewall Jackson Winchester Winter Headquarters
Tilghman Moore House (Stonewall Jackson's Headquarters)
Tuscarora Trail / Eagle Rock Day Hike
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Rail Trail
Winchester National Cemetery
Winchester, VA 

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