Other Attractions Near the Capital Region

Other Attractions in the Washington DC Capital AreaWithin a two hour drive of Washington DC area are  many other places of interest including parks, farms, gardens and historic and entertainment venues.  Below are other places of major interest in the region.  Visit the links below for detailed information about each.

Six Flags America Theme Park

Largo, MD 

Thrill and adventure theme park located in metro DC along the beltway.

Annapolis, MD

Once a busy seaport, Maryland's historic state capital is home to the U.S. Navy Academy, the 17th-century State House, cobblestone streets, quaint shops, sailing and pleasure boating.

Baltimore, MD

Just an hour away from Washington. Baltimore's Inner Harbor shopping and dining pavilion features the Baltimore National Aquarium and USS Constellation. In the surrounding neighborhoods are town houses, elegant shops, ethnic dining and art galleries.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Theme park located Williamsburg,  VA off I-64

C&O National Historic Park

Stretches 184 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, MD. Mule-drawn boat trips available (April-October). The wide towpath is open to bikers, joggers, hikers.  Main entrance, visitor center and coach parking at Great Fall (MD).

Colonial Williamsburg, VA

The historic district of the city of Williamsburg, Virginia which includes buildings dating from 1699 to 1780 when it was  Virginia's capital. For most of the 18th century, Williamsburg was the center of government, education and culture in Virginia, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others helped to lay the foundation o democracy in the United States here.

Gettysburg, PA

The town of Gettysburg is  the site of the Gettysburg Battlefield, where the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg the pivotal battle of the U.S. Civil was fought. 

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Harpers Ferry , WV

Harpers Ferry is best known for John Brown's raid on the Armory in 1859 and its role in the U.S. Civil War.  It is situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers where the U.S. states of Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia meet. The town is located on a low-lying flood plain created by the two rivers and surrounded by higher ground.

Kenmore Plantation & Gardens

Historic Plantation Home and grounds near Fredericksburg, VA.

Paramount's Kings Dominion Theme Park

Theme park located North of  Richmond,  VA off I-95

Laurel Race Course
P.O. Box 130
Laurel, MD 20725
Phone: (301) 725-0400
Fax: (301) 725-5830
Toll Free: 1-800-638-1859

Thoroughbred racing at its finest. Sports Palace is equipped with computerized racing technology. Group discounts for dining and special programs. Available for private functions.

Luray Caverns
Luray, VA 

The largest and most popular caverns in eastern America, this U.S. natural landmark is 90 minutes southwest of Washington, near Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. Open daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (to 6 p.m. March 15-June 15 & day after Labor Day-Oct. 31; to 7 p.m. June 15-Labor Day; to 5 p.m. weekends Nov. 1-March 14).

National Wildlife Visitor Center Patuxent Research Refuge
Laurel, MD 

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
 Greenbelt, MD

Oatlands Plantation
Leesburg, VA

Greek Revival plantation home, 4-acre garden and gift shop. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday 1-4:30 p.m. Closed January-March.

Pimlico Race Track

Live thoroughbred racing April-June and August-September. Post time at 1 p.m.

Potomac Mills Outlet Mall
Prince William, VA 22192

One of the world's largest value/outlet malls with more than 220 outlet stores, 3 sit-down restaurants and food court under 1 roof. Manufacturer-direct, off-price and discount stores carry leading apparel names such as Bally, Royal Doulton, Guess, Laura Ashley, Levi, Escada, Calvin Klein and JC Penney outlet.
Wednesday-Sunday shuttle service from 3 Metro subway stations: Metro Center, Rosslyn and Pentagon

Water Country USA
Williamsburg, VA


For an excellent overview of the history of the region visit these sites:

The Guide To Historic Virginia

Guide To Virginia's Civil War Battlefields and Sites