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Summer is in full swing in Gettysburg, perfect for a getaway trip to disconnect and get inspired. Whether you’re looking to blaze a foodie trail or walk in the footsteps of history, Gettysburg is a short drive to amazing experiences.

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Maryland’s eastern shore has always had the reputation of hospitality, beauty, nature and relaxation. As soon as you cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge into Queen Anne’s County, a certain tranquility seems to wash over you saying “Welcome to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and countryside.” Just …

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On July 20, 1969, I was at my summer job as the evening disc jockey on a Virginia radio station. I know where I was that night because it was the date American astronauts first landed on the moon. I shared the station’s airwaves with the legendary Walter Cronkite as he relayed details of the…

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Just northwest of Pittsburgh, PA and running to the western edge of the state at the Ohio border lies a 444 square mile gem of an area known as Beaver County. Of course nature, beauty and outdoor activities abound with its location in the rural forests and mountains and along the Beaver Rive…

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Gather your girlfriends: Mountaineer Country is the perfect balance of relaxation, culinary exploration and (surprise!) shopping. This is also the mountain home to West Virginia University (WVU), so there’s a fair amount of nightlife as well! From its tranquil green lawns and historical bric…

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The trademark “The Greatest Jazz Festival in the World” says it all. For the past 30 years, music lovers in the Mid-Atlantic area have anxiously awaited for that great time in October as Grammy Award-winning artists converge in Southern Delaware. This year, Oct. 17 to 20 will have four days …

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With its sprawling James Madison University campus and other educational institutions, you might expect Harrisonburg, Va., to be full of chain fast food and hotel establishments. But the city is full of surprises with a downtown renaissance that earned it the distinction of Virginia’s first …

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The Federal News Network speaks with Recreation News Publisher Karl Teel about interesting things to do in and near the nation’s capital. This week:

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The Kutztown Folk Festival (June 29-July 7) is not only a Pennsylvania tradition, it’s been named “Best of the Best” by the American Bus Association and called “one of the most unique festivals on the East coast,” by the Washington Post. What can you expect? You’ll find insight into the trad…

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The sky is the limit when Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley Music Festival summer outdoor concert series shines next month with iconic musical stars and 50th anniversary salutes to the first moon landing and the original Woodstock festival.

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Wytheville’s location in the Virginia mountains at the intersection of I-81 and I-77 makes it a convenient overnight stopping place, but there’s a lot more to enjoy in this town named for patriot George Wythe.

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When the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival rolls around again in July, you can bet Annie Young of Waldorf, Md., will get there early to set up her chair near the stage for a close view of the musicians and, if the spirit moves her, get up and dance.

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June ushers in the official beginning of summer and is there anything better than counting down the days to a weekend away? If you need some ideas on what to plan for this summer, a plethora of count down-worthy events are being held in Calvert County. From family fun to couples’ retreats, h…

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Wintergreen summers are full of cool breezes, sun-kissed smiles, stories and s’mores around the campfire, picnics at the lake, cannonballs in the pool, and magnificent sunrises and sunsets. You can hike to waterfalls and magnificent overlooks, spy on birds and squirrels, chipmunks and deer, …

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If only one place in the Chesapeake were to be crowned “The Crab Capital of the World,” Crisfield would be a top contender. Located in the Eastern Shore’s Somerset County, Maryland’s southernmost city has its roots firmly planted in the seafood industry and harvesting the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty.

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If you’ve got a hankering for country music, you’re gonna want to boot up for what’s coming Aug. 23-25 in southeastern Pennsylvania. It’s the Citadel Country Spirit USA Music Festival, featuring some top names in country music.

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If you like festivals and fun for all ages, Howard County, Md., has plenty to entice you this summer. Live music, a film festival, a one-man circus, art created as you watch, plays performed in a stone “castle,” and a fairy-tale farm are among the rollicking options in this central Maryland …

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Folks coming out to Moorefield, W.Va., for the admission-free South Branch Riverfest on May 25th can celebrate the river with activities along, on and under the waters of this Potomac tributary.

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There are a couple things that come to mind when you hear the term “tea party.” One of those things may be the Boston Tea Party, the protest that took place in Boston on December 16, 1773, when angered colonists took out their frustrations on Great Britain for what they deemed unfair taxatio…

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Memorial Day weekend kicks off Smith Island’s main season as well as the Smith Island Cultural Center’s Fourth Annual Smith Island Arts Festival. More than thirty regional and local artists will display their work during the festival on Saturday, May 25, starting at 11 a.m. From photography …

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The Mt. Lion Observatory — built just last year at Fort Roberdeau in Altoona — will be a prime place to look to the stars this summer. The new facility features an enclosed structure housing a high-powered telescope, as well as outdoor, leveled observation pads for those to bring and set up …

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It’s quiet in Pocahontas County, W.Va., but quiet can be a precious commodity for noise-jaded residents of the Mid-Atlantic. In Pocahontas County, home to the Monongahela National Forest, Cranberry Glades Wilderness, seven state parks and forests, and miles of highland trails, the sounds of …

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Get your senses ready for an exciting summer in Atlantic City — Can you smell that fresh ocean breeze and hear the waves lapping along the shoreline? Are you dreaming about digging your toes in the sand and thinking about a refreshing dip in the ocean? There is something soothing about heari…

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It’s become a sort of weekend ritual that on Sundays, my husband and I venture out to explore breweries in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. But on May 11, the breweries will come to us for the Maryland Craft Beer Festival held on the beautiful Carroll Creek Linear Park in historic downtown Frederick.

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Despite its world-renowned trout fishing stream, easy access to hiking and biking trails and abundance of beautiful parks, Bellefonte, Pa., isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking about outdoor adventure.

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Federal law gives it the name John H. Kerr Lake after the North Carolina congressman who secured funding for the dam project that created it. But a 1952 Virginia law decrees its name to be Buggs Island Lake, reflecting the legislature’s anger about the name imposed in Washington.

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All trails converge on Elkin, N.C., this spring for the first-ever NC Trail Days Festival. The May 31-June 2 event highlights the area’s abundant natural resources with a fun series of events. It purposely coincides with National Trails Day, which is the first Saturday in June.

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According to the folks at the visitor’s bureau, Wilson is one of the most unique towns in North Carolina. So what’s to love? Here are just five, out of many, things that make Wilson a special place to visit:

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May is the time of year that just about all anyone can think about is getting outside and basking in the spring air with the promise of even warmer, sunnier days. And the best way to keep from going stir crazy is to have something on the agenda to look forward to. Enter LOCKN’ Festival. This…

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The flowers are poking out of the ground, the weather is getting warmer and everyone is itching to get out of the house and cure their spring fever. Gettysburg, Pa., is the place to jump into spring and embrace the inspiration.

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When Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician, opened Widewater State Park in Stafford County, Va., last winter, he playfully signed a prescription calling for a mythical patient to hike 20 minutes at the park three times a day. The idea was that spending time in nature improves your phys…

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Nelson County, already a star in the booming Virginia craft beverage industry, is getting even brighter with the launch of a new trail: Nelson 29. With seven family-owned wineries, breweries and a distillery to choose from, you’re invited to sit down a spell, relax and drink in the whole exp…

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Many fly casters run into the same dilemma: Where to go with someone new to the sport? Where can you take the kids or a beginner friend or that half-heartedly interested spouse?

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Bibliophiles rejoice! This year marks the 10th annual Gaithersburg Book Festival held in Olde Town Gaithersburg. The idea of the festival was put into action in 2010 by the now Gaithersburg mayor, Jud Ashman, with support from city council and the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee. The festiv…

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You may be familiar with Coastal Virginia’s miles of waterfront delights and centuries of history...but did you know that this recreation-rich destination also offers world-class performances of every kind of music, dance, theater and more? Thanks to the Virginia Arts Festival, spring time i…