With over 20 million visitors per year, Washington, D.C. is one of the most popular places to visit in the United States. From historic monument tours, to museums, to outdoor festivals, there is always something to do and see. But the fun doesn’t stop at the city’s borders! With as many sights and tours as within the city, there is lots to discover in the surrounding area as well.
The nickname, DMV, which represents the District, Maryland and Virginia was created to describe the greater Washington Metropolitan area. The best part about visiting DC is that both Maryland and Virginia are no more than a twenty-minute car ride from Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown. And while many visitors stick to the “D” there is lots to do in the “M” and “V” as well. Below are some of my favorite spots.
The “M” – Maryland
The National Harbor is the perfect destination for you and your whole family. With over 150 different activities to choose from, there is truly something for every taste. From Shopping and dining options to the thrilling Capital Wheel, to the over-sized plaza screen, carousel, and gorgeous view, it is easy to spend an entire day here. After spending the day shopping, paddle-boarding, and exploring, this stunning viewpoint is a fantastic place to take in a sunset to punctuate the end of an eventful day.
Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, is also known as a world renowned sailing destination. If your idea of a great getaway includes being on the waters, Annapolis is the perfect location. Rich with maritime heritage, and with over hundreds of miles of shoreline, the Chesapeake Bay offers every visitor a sense of serenity as they watch the sailboats cruise on by. But you aren’t limited to sailing! Enjoy fishing, water tours, wind-surfing and kite-surfing and much more along these shores. Another reasion to visit? Some of the best crab cakes you will ever eat!
The “V” – Virginia
Fairview Lakes located in Reston, Virginia may only be a twenty minute drive from the city, feels like a world away. An idyllic park, there are activities for all. From picnic areas to a children’s waterpark to grown up water sports, it is easy to see how one could spend a day enjoying this getaway. I definitely recommend it for those looking to escape the city for a bit!
Wolf Trap National Park is currently the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts. Something so special, you have to see it for yourself, Wolf Trap offers multiple amphitheaters that showcase a wide range of performances, including: musicals, dance, jazz, opera, and concerts. Allow the park rangers to set up backstage guided tours or opt for a hike and explore the park’s natural areas as you can choose from kid-friendly hikes to a bit more advanced. You’ll be sure to have a day filled with musical muses!
Of course, your Personal Assistant at Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is on hand to set up any of these mini day-trips for you. Allow our team to make your stay an unforgettable vacation by personalizing your own unique activities and attractions that are set up around your preferences. Don’t forget to tag your DMV explorations with @CapellaDC so I can share your photos with our community!