It’s another sunny summer’s day as I’m cruising along Skyline Drive. Each turn along this scenic route presents a pleasing visual as far as the eye can see of a flourishing green-canopied landscape. As I make my way towards my final destination, the constant hustle of the city feels like it’s light years away. Taking one last look at the bright blue sky, I head down to discover underground caves filled with crystal-clear waters, and magnificent stalagmite and stalactite formations towering overhead. While it truly feels like I’ve entered another realm, I have to remind myself that I’m inside Luray Caverns, just a mere two hours from Washington, D.C.
While the district may be the home of politics and government, the areas surrounding it are worlds apart, steeped in history, natural beauty, and calming waters. For me, one of the main draws of calling the district home is just how accessible it is to the rolling Virginia countryside or any one of the charming Maryland coastal towns located along the Chesapeake Bay. I can hop in the car, or better yet take a train, and in a short time I’m guaranteed a morning spent reconnecting with nature followed by an afternoon of well-deserved spa therapy and an evening spent dining on the day’s fresh catch.
From the lush Virginia countryside to relaxing vibes along the Chesapeake Bay, these seven weekend getaways from Washington D.C. are no more than a few hours away by train or car.