Great Places to Daytrip

 We live in a region filled with amazing things to do and see. Read along and be inspired to daytrip too!



The destinations on this page are organized by category. For destinations by state, county or region, please check out the following pages:


Delaware 




African-American and Black Heritage
DELAWARE
Patty Cannon Trail

MARYLAND
Annapolis Hidden History
Bucktown General Store
Caroline County UGRR
Hammond-Harwood House
Harriet Tubman Byway
Harriet Tubman State Park
Historic Annapolis Museum Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake Exhibit
Riversdale Plantation
St Mary's City

PENNSYLVANIA
William C Goodrich Freedom Center & Underground Railroad Museum's Festival of Trees

VIRGINIA
Alexandria African-American Heritage Park
Alexandria Black History Museum
Anne Spencer House and Garden
Belle Grove Plantation and Bed & Breakfast

NEW YORK
Harriet Tubman House -- COMING SOON!

NEW YORK
Corning Glass Museum
Feniwick Art Museum
Rockwell Museum


NEW YORK
Shawangunk Scenic Drive -- COMING SOON!

PENNSYLVANIA

VIRGINIA
Leafpeeping in Shenandoah National Park 2014 and 2015





Barns

MARYLAND

1912 Hoover House (Waynesboro)
Battlefield B&B (Gettysburg)
Depot at Doolittles (DuBois)
Hotel Conneaut (Lake Conneaut)
Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail and lower NCR
Western Maryland Rail Trail East and West
Wicomico County

PENNSYLVANIA
Butler - Freeport Community Rail Trail
David S Ammerman (Rail) Trail
Doylestown Bike Tour
Gettysburg National Military Park
Ghost Town Rail Trail
Great Allegheny Passage Bridge to Bridge Ride
Heritage Rail Trail 
Houtzedale Rail Trail
Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail
Three Rivers Heritage Trail

VIRGINIA
High Bridge Rail Trail
James River Heritage Trail
Mount Vernon Trail
Percival's Island Rail Trail
Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Rail Trail

WEST VIRGINIA
Allegheny Highlands Rail Trail
Blackwater Canyon Rail Trail



Meadowlark Botanical Garden

WASHINGTON DC
U.S. National Arboretum



Budget-friendly Daytrips
Please check out Budget-friendly Daytrips for daytrip destinations that cost $25 or less for two people, or $50 or less for a family of four.



C&O Canal


Brunswick to Dargan Bend
Canal Pride Days
Edwards Ferry
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
Whites Ferry -- COMING SOON!
Williamsport





Cideries, Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries 
MARYLAND
Basignani Vineyards
Black Ankle Vineyards (1st Visit) (2nd Visit)
Boordy Vineyards
Dejon Vineyard
Elk Run (Yoga in the Vines) (2nd Visit) (5k race/Fall Jazz Fest)
Fiore Winery
Harford Vineyard and Winery (1st Visit) (2nd Visit)
Linganore Winecellars
Mount Felix Winery
Red Heifer Winery (1st Visit) (2nd Visit)
Royal Rabbit Vineyards (1st Visit) (2nd Visit)
Serpent Ridge Vineyards (1st Visit) (2nd Visit)
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
Woodhall Winecellars - (1st Visit) (2nd Visit)

PENNSYLVANIA
Big Spring Spirits
Bee Kind Winery
Borderland Vineyard
Halbrendt's Vineyard
Hauzer Estate Winery & Cidery
Kreutz Creek Vineyards
Mason Dixon Distillery
Paradocx Vineyard
Starr Hill Winery
Winery at Wilcox
CCC Trail - Prettyboy Reservoir
Cedarville State Forest Hike
C&O Canal:
       Brunswick to Dargan Bend
       Edwards Ferry
       Ft Frederick to Hancock
       Great Falls
       Lander Lockhouse
       Locks 33 and 34
       Maryland Heights (Harpers Ferry),
       Monocacy & Catoctin Aqueducts
       Paw Paw Tunnel to Lock 56
       Swain's Lock to Seneca Aqueduct
       Whites Ferry -- COMING SOON!
       Williamsport
Columbia's Four Lakes
Daniels, Maryland's Ghost Town
Downs Memorial Park (Anne Arundel Co, MD)
Elk Neck State Park / Turkey Point Lighthouse Hike
Greenwell State Park
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Indian Head Rail Trail
Gunpowder Falls State Park
       Jerusalem Village Hike
       Jesse's Trail Little Gunpowder Falls Loop Hike -- COMING SOON!
       Sweet Air Loop Hike -- COMING SOON!
Maryland Heights Hike: Part 1 and Part 2
Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail and lower NCR
Oregon Ridge Park Loggers Trail
Patapsco River Valley State Park
       Avalon Section/Grist Mill Trail
       Buzzards Rock - Sawmill Trail Loop
       Cascade Falls Trail / Orange Grove Area
       Daniels -- Maryland's Ghost Town and Winter Hike to Daniels
       Daniels Old Main Line and Ruins Loop Hike
       Daniels Old Main Line Railtrail and Again, in the Spring
       Marriottsville Road to McKeldin Rapids Hike
       McKeldin Area
       Patuxent Branch Trail (Columbia, MD)
Pen Mar Park to High Rocks: Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Ricketts Glen State Park
Rocks State Park
Soldiers Delight NEA
       Chaote Mine Trail
       Serpentine Trail
Sugarloaf Mountain Park
Susquehanna State Park

Leafpeeping in Shenandoah National Park 2014 and 2015

WEST VIRGINIA
3 Stops You Need to Make Along the Highland Scenic Highway -- COMING SOON!
Highland Scenic Highway -- COMING SOON!


PENNSYLVANIA

       Soapstone Loop Trail
       Three Great Hikes
Patuxent Branch Trail (Columbia, MD)
Susquehanna State Park
       Lower Ridge Hike
Swallow Falls State Park and in the Winter
Tail Lights/Symphony of Lights
Weverton Cliffs
Chittenango Falls Loop Hike -- COMING SOON!
Cornish Estate Ruins Hike
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
    Awosting Falls Hike
    Lake Minnewaska Loop Hike
    Stony Kill Falls Hike
Pixley Falls Hike -- COMING SOON!
Tarrytown Riverwalk (on the Hudson River)
Watoga State Park
      Bear Pen Trail -- COMING SOON!
VIRGINIA



Bull Run Festival of Lights
Newport News' Celebration of Lights
Williamsburg Christmas Wreaths
Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Gardens

WASHINGTON DC
ZooLights at the National Zoo





Kayaking Adventures
DELAWARE
Trap Pond State Park and Sunset Paddle
Great Marsh Preserve

MARYLAND
Blackwater River/Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Kayaking
Centennial Lake / Preparing for Kayaking Adventures
C&O Canal at Swain's Lock
Daniels, MD
Gunpowder River and Gunpowder Basin
Lake Clopper / Seneca Creek State Park
Lake Elkhorn
Little Seneca Lake
Mallows Bay Shipwrecks
Mariners Point Park
Martinak State Park
Nanjemoy Creek
Patapsco River
Piney Run Park
Potomac River
Watts Creek
Wetipquin Creek (Nanticoke River Water Trail)
Wicomico River

PENNSYLVANIA
Codorus State Park / Lake Marburg
Moshanan State Forest
Schuylkill River
Shaggers Inn
West Branch Susquehanna River

VIRGINIA
Assateague Narrows
Dyke Marsh
James River
Lake Laura
Pohick Bay



Kid-Friendly / Great Things to Do with Kids

9 Great Daytrips for the Under-6 Crowd
2018 Month of Summer Daytrips
2019 31 Days of Great Summer Daytrips for Kids

DELAWARE

Meadowlark Botanical Garden -- COMING SOON!
NASA Visitors Center / Virginia Air and Space Center
Newport News' Celebration of Lights
Story Book Trail
Virginia Animal Safari
Winter Walk of Lights at Meadowlark Gardens

WASHINGTON DC
Blossom Kite Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival
International Spy Museum (age 8+)

WEST VIRGINIA
Bickle Knob / Otter Creek Wilderness
Cass Scenic Rail Road
Harpers Ferry, WV
Trail Rides in Canaan Valley






Lighthouses
ATLANTIC SEABOARD
Assateague Island Lighthouse
Barnegat Lighthouse
Cape May Lighthouse

CHESAPEAKE BAY
Baltimore Light
Bloody Point Lighthouse
Choptank Lighthouse
Cove Point Lighthouse
Drum Point Lighthouse
Hollands Bar Lighthouse
Hoopers Island Lighthouse
Hoopers Straight Light
Janes Island Lighthouse
Old Point Comfort Lighthouse
Point Lookout Lighthouse
Point No Point Lighthouse
Sandy Point Lighthouse
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
Smith Point (south of Potomac River) Lighthouse
Sharkfin Shoal Lighthouse
Sharps Island Lighthouse
Solomon's Lump Lighthouse
Thomas Point Lighthouse and lighthouse cottage tour
Turkey Point Lighthouse
Watts Island Lighthouse

DELAWARE BAY
Brandywine Shoal Lighthouse
Cross Ledge Shoal Lighthouse
East End Breakwater Lighthouse and Paranormal Investigation
Elbow of Cross Ledge Lighthouse
Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse
Miah Maull Shoal Lighthouse
Ship John Shoal Lighthouse
West Harbor Refuge Lighthouse

GREAT LAKES
Lake Superior lighthouse

NEW YORK
Sleepy Hollow Point Lighthouse
St Lawrence River
Rock Island Light House
Sunken Rock Light House
Tibbets Point Light House



Listicle / 24-in-24 Challenges


DELAWARE

MARYLAND

PENNSYLVANIA

VIRGINIA

WEST VIRGINIA
7 More Amazing, Must-See Views in West Virginia -- COMING SOON!







Museums
DELAWARE
Air Mobility Command Museum
Johnson Victrola Museum

MARYLAND
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Calvert Marine Museum
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Edgar Allen Poe Museum
Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake
Harriet Tubman Visitors Center
Historic Annapolis Museum Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake Exhibit
Historic Ships of Baltimore Part 1 and Part 2
Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium
St Mary's City
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

PENNSYLVANIA
9 Coal Mine and Museum
Clearfield Co. Historical Museum
Eastern State Penitentiary and Update
Eckley Miners' Village
Gettysburg Heritage Center
Grice Museum
Johnstown Flood Museum
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Kemerer Museum of the Decorative Arts
Mercer Museum
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Museum of the American Revolution
Mutter Museum
National Museum of Industry History
Pittsburgh Toonseum
Rockhill Trolley Museum -- COMING SOON!
Swigert Automobile Museum -- COMING SOON!

NEW YORK
9/11 Museum and Memorial
Chittenango Canal Boat Museum -- COMING SOON!
Erie Canal Museum -- COMING SOON!
Old Faquier Jail
Tredegar Iron Works

WASHINGTON DC
International Spy Museum
Missing Soldiers Museum
Smithsonian Castle




National Parks, Refuges, Historic Sites and Memorials
DELAWARE
Bombay Hook NWR
Prime Hook NWR

MARYLAND
Antietam National Park Memorial Illumination
Antietam National Battlefield Dayhike
Assateague Island
Blackwater NWR and Blackwater River/Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Kayaking
Catoctin Mountain Park Wolf Rock Hike
Catoctin Mountain Park Cunningham Falls/Hog Rock Hike
C&O Canal:
       Canal Pride Days
       Edwards Ferry
       Great Falls
       Locks 33 and 34
       Maryland Heights (Harpers Ferry),
       Monocacy & Catoctin Aqueducts
       Williamsport
Clara Barton Homestead
Fort Foote National Historic Site
Fort McHenry National Historic Site
Fort Washington National Historic Site
Maryland Heights Hike: Part 1 and Part 2
Monocacy National Battlefield Park
    Leafpeeping 2014 and 2015







Outdoor Adventures
MARYLAND
Annapolis Rocks
Blackwater River/Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Kayaking
Catoctin Mountain National Park
Chesapeake Light Houses, Southern Expedition Day 1 and Day 2
Daniels, Maryland's Ghost Town
James River Kayaking
Kayaking on the Potomac River
Mallows Bay Shipwrecks
Pen Mar Park to High Rocks: Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Sailing on the Shardana
Smith Island
Sugarloaf Mountain Park
Wetipquin Creek (Nanticoke River Water Trail)

PENNSYLVANIA
ATVing in the Snow
Dog Sledding in the Pocono Mountains
MARYLAND
NEW YORK
Audrey Munson NYC Photo Safari

PENNSYLVANIA



Places to Stay (AirBnB)
NEW YORK
Cute Lakeside Cottage on Lake Oneida -- COMING SOON!
Woodstock: Grandma's Place
DwarfsKill Inn -- COMING SOON!

PENNSYLVANIA

VIRGINIA
North Augusta: Mountain Octagon



Presidents (of the United States)
NEW YORK
Martin VanBuren -- COMING SOON!

PENNSYLVANIA

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON DC




Quaint Towns
DELAWARE
MARYLAND
Annapolis
Cambridge
Denton
Ellicott City (1st Visit) (2nd Visit)
Frederick
New Market
Solomons Island -- COMING SOON!
St. Michaels
Tilghman Island

NEW JERSEY
Cape May
Collingswood -- COMING SOON!
Haddonfield -- COMING SOON!

VIRGINIA
Fredericksburg
Front Royal
Lynchburg -- COMING SOON!
Onancoke
Strasburg

WEST VIRGINIA
Harpers Ferry



(Scenic) Railroads and Rail History

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum -- COMING SOON!
Martinsburg Roundhouse

Daniels Old Main Line Trail
Indian Head Rail Trail
Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail and lower NCR
Patuxent Branch Trail (Columbia, MD)
Western Maryland Rail Trail East and West

NEW YORK
High Line Park (NYC)

PENNSYLVANIA


WEST VIRGINIA

Restaurants
DELAWARE
Lewes
       Agave
       Arenas Cafe
       Blue Sea Cafe
       Knotting Hill Bakery & Coffee Shop
       Striper Bites

MARYLAND
Comus Inn
Maple Lawn
       Ananda Indian Cuisine
       Houston Coastal
       Lib's Grill
       Ranazul International Tapas
       Steelfire Kitchen

NEW JERSEY
Haddonfield
       Haddonfield Food Scene Overview
       The Bistro at Haddonfield
       The British Chip Shop
       On the Town Food Tour of Haddonfield
       The Porch & Proper
       Sanook Thai Cuisine
       Sweet T's Bake Shop
       Valiente's Italian Specialties
Pennsauken
       The Pub

PENNSYLVANIA
New Hope
       Logan Inn Tavern
       Marsha Brown Restaurant
       Zoubi Restaurant & Bar
Clearfield County
       Applewoods BBQ & Grill
       Benezette Hotel
       Denny's Beer Barrel Pub
       Depot at Doolittles
       Dubois Diner
       Luigi's Ristorante
       Strawberry Tree Teahouse
Gettysburg
       1 Lincoln Food & Spirits
       1863 Restaurant
       Dobbin House
       El Costeno
       Fiddler & Co
       Food 101
       Garyowen Irish Pub
       Gettysburg Farmers Market Tour
       Mr. G's Homemade Ice Cream
       Savor Gettysburg Tour
       The Parrot

VIRGINIA
Fredericksburg
       Benny Vitali's
       Curitiba Art Cafe
       Eileen's Bakery & Cafe
       Foode
       Goolrich's
       Hyperion Espresso
       Ristorante Renata
Stafford
       Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard Cafe

WEST VIRGINIA
Harpers Ferry
       Coach House Grille
Shepherdstown
       Lilah's

Revolutionary War
NEW JERSEY
Washington Crossing Historic Park

NEW YORK

PENNSYLVANIA






Ruins
MARYLAND
C&O Canal

NEW YORK

PENNSYLVANIA


Green Ridge State Forest Headquarters Overlook
Log Roll Overlook

VIRGINIA

WEST VIRGINIA
Ann Bailey Lookout Tower -- COMING SOON!
Droop Mountain Lookout Tower -- COMING SOON!
TM Cheek Memorial Overlook -- COMING SOON!



Seasonal Recommendations
Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail


Spooky (or Haunted) 
10 Spooky Daytrips

Greenridge State Forest
Gunpowder Falls State Park
       Jerusalem Village Hike
       Jesse's Trail Little Gunpowder Falls Loop Hike
       Sweet Air Loop Trail
Harriet Tubman State Park
Lights on the Bay/Sandy Point State Park
Mallows Bay Shipwrecks
National Colonial Farm
Oregon Ridge Park
Patapsco Female Institute
Patapsco River Valley State Park - Part 1 and Part 2
       Avalon Section/Grist Mill Trail
       Cascade Falls Trail / Orange Grove Area
       Daniels -- Maryland's Ghost Town
       Daniels Old Main Line and Ruins Loop Trail
       Daniels Old Main Line Railtrail
       Hell House and Revisiting Hell House
       Marriottsville Road to McKeldin Rapids Hike
       McKeldin Area
Patuxent Branch Trail (Columbia, MD)
Pemberton Park
Pen-Mar Park (Washington County)
Piney Run County Park
Rocks State Park
Seneca Creek State Park
Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area Choate Mine Trail
Sugarloaf Mountain Park and in the winter
Susquehanna State Park
Catskill Park 
Minnewaska State Park Preserve -- COMING SOON!
    Awosting Falls
    Lake Minnewaska
    Stony Kill Falls
Schaupeneak Ridge Park -- COMING SOON!
Washington's Headquarters, Newburgh -- COMING SOON!

Linn Run State Park
Watoga State Park
      Cabin Stay
      Bear Pen Trail Loop -- COMING SOON!




Tombstone Tourism, Cemeteries & Burial Grounds
DELAWARE
Saint Peters Churchyard (Lewis, DE)

MARYLAND
Brinkman-Rine Cemetery
Fort Hill Cemetery -- COMING SOON!

Rock Creek Cemetery -- COMING SOON!
Soldiers Home National Cemetery -- COMING SOON!

WEST VIRGINIA
Workman Family Cemetery




Falls of Minnewaska State Park -- COMING SOON!
Awosting Falls -- COMING SOON!
Kaaterskill Falls
Stoney Kill Falls -- COMING SOON!
Vernooy Kill Falls -- COMING SOON!

PENNSYLVANIA
Cucumber Falls
Ohiopyle State Park
Ricketts Glen State Park

VIRGINIA


Updated October 2021

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