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Pack your bike or kayak and head out for adventure in Virginia’s river-bound Northern Neck, only 90 minutes from Washington. America’s first presidents, revolutionaries and constitution builders were born here and their estates welcome visitors to tour their grounds. Winemakers, river runner…

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My sister-in-law and brother-in-law both graduated from James Madison University, so when I think of Harrisonburg, Virginia, I’ve often thought of it as just a college town. Luckily after a weekend stay with my husband and three kids, I learned that Harrisonburg, located in the Shenandoah Va…

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If you need a change of scenery to celebrate the cautious lifting of quarantine rules, St. Michaels is ready to welcome you. This small historic town on the Miles River on the Eastern Shore is a perfect getaway for a long day trip, overnight visit or weekend escape.

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In a time of social distancing, visitors to western Pennsylvania’s Indiana County can still get up close and personal — with history, whether on two feet or four wheels.

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The Mid-Atlantic’s caverns have an underground average temperature in the mid-50s, making them a cool (in more ways than one) adventure on a hot summer day. About 20 commercial show caves welcome visitors in the region, each offering their own gift shops, additional entertainment options and more.

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Spring is a great time to take a road trip to the Laurel Highlands where the journey is almost as interesting as the destination. The winding roads, tidy farms and sun-dappled woodlands are a wonderful reminder of the beauty of Pennsylvania.

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The National Museum of the United States Army, now in the final stages of construction at presstime, is preparing to open at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, near the nation’s capital. So far, the museum has raised $180 million toward the needed $200 million.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is an explosion of the senses in the spring and summer months. Beautiful blossoms pop up on our orchard trees, the aroma of fresh greenery fills the air, and the tastes of ripe local produce sold at roadside country markets come together to form the makings of a bli…

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A visit to Franklin County, Pennsylvania, is like opening a tightly-packed suitcase teeming with snippets of American History. Intriguing facts, places, architecture, museums, period homes and hallowed ground are spread out over a 300-year old living tapestry of our Nation’s struggles and triumphs.

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“Have the courage of your convictions,” was a favorite expression of the Irishman who founded the Virginia Distillery in Nelson County, Virginia. It’s that expression that serves as a guiding principle and motto for this professionally run spirits producer in Lovingston. The Prelude to Coura…

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America’s origin story is rooted far beyond the prestige of stately monuments and political heritage. Within reach of the nation’s capital, Virginia’s historic cities and towns have long played an influential role in U.S. history. Among them is the quaint and scenic city of Fredericksburg.

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While Thanksgiving and Massachusetts Pilgrims are intimately embedded together in American tradition, the fact is we need to look back 400 years, to Dec. 4, 1619, to discover the first English Thanksgiving in the New World. On that date, a group of 35 settlers, led by Captain John Woofdlief,…

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While not confined to autumn, most of the region’s artist’s studio tours take place during months when visitors can combine a colorful drive in the country with visits to places where art of all kinds is actually created. There’s also the added benefit of starting holiday shopping!

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To hear Nancy Ross tell it, the Artisans Studio Tour around Charlottesville, Va., (artisanstudiotour.com) area is the original tour of its kind in the state, and she points to the tour’s 25th annual tour Nov. 9-10 as proof. “This year there are 45 artisans in 25 studios in Charlottesville an…

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The constant underground temperatures of the Mid-Atlantic’s commercial caverns stay in the mid-50s and can cool you on an Indian summer day or even warm you a bit in chilly winter weather. Today’s commercial show caves offer educational tours and a host of additional entertainment options ra…

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Scandinavia has been on my list of places to visit for many years. A few months ago, my dream of visiting that part of the world come true when my travel colleague Nancy and I took a Baltic cruise on the Regal Princess, aka “The Love Boat.” Over the course of the 11-day cruise, we got to hea…

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Cecil County is located on the Upper Chesapeake Bay, midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Discover charming small towns, parks with miles of trails, specialty and antique shops, award winning restaurants, and inns.  You can hike, bike, camp, bird watch, ride horseback, or drop a fishin…

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Like most of Maryland, Howard County’s sentiments were divided during the Civil War. Unlike many areas, however, these Howard County sites connected with the war continue to serve modern day functions while standing as reminders of another era.

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Unique and memory-making experiences await all students of the Civil War over the weekend of June 22-23. To commemorate the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, the National Park Service is hosting an extraordinary living history weekend event on the actual Spotsylvani…

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Yosemite National Park, established in 1864 during President Lincoln’s administration, welcomes around 5.2 million visitors each year, including rock climbers, hikers, anglers, campers, birdwatchers and photographers. Many travel from far-flung places to see what naturalist John Muir so aptl…

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Often called one of the seven natural wonders of the world, 20-story Natural Bridge has been attracting tourists since Thomas Jefferson built a cabin there for his guests. Now the grand old Natural Bridge Hotel accommodates visitors who want to hang out at the landmark rock bridge and its na…

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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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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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The secret attraction of North Carolina’s Outer Banks may well be that you can simply sit back and relax during your stay or engage in an amazingly wide variety of activities and adventures. Vacationers have a similar variety of accommodations to choose from, though separate vacation homes s…

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Only about 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., Front Royal may be near to the nation’s capital, but the city is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. There is an abundance of outdoor activities that draw visitors annually, including biking, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, golf and fishing.

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Though he was the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe is not as well-known as his four predecessors, three of whom were fellow Virginians. While he was just as much a Founding Father as his friends and colleagues, parts of his life have been a mystery, including his home at Hi…

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Once those few warm days start creeping in and all you can think about is getting out of the house, make the most of them by heading to Frederick County, Md., for limitless outdoor activities. Families looking to have little ones get out and stretch their legs and those wanting to learn more…

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After a long winter, many of us are itching to get outside, feel some sun on the shoulders, breathe in some salt air, listen to some surf sounds, and do something healthy outdoors. A trip to the beach with some bicycling may be just the thing! Now in its the 30th year, the annual Ocean to Ba…

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Pennsylvania has long been a destination for fall travel. One of the best ways to take in the colors of the season is by strolling through the charming streets of the state’s small towns that dot mountainsides and are brimming with history. Below are five spots you are sure to enjoy during autumn:

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Just in time for the autumn travel season, the American Battlefield Trust is deploying a smartphone app that will help heritage travelers explore the nation’s Civil War battlefields and understand the high-stakes fighting that transpired on them.

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Clearfield County, located in the Pennsylvania Wilds region northwest of State College and Altoona, offers a wealth of ways to get away from it all. Whether you want to spend a day on the water canoeing, kayaking, or fishing, or learning more about the history and the heroes of the area whil…

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Roanoke’s long history as a railroad town got a boost last fall when Amtrak resumed its passenger service after a long absence. The daily service means you can board the train at several places in Maryland, Washington, and Northern Virginia and arrive in Roanoke in about the same amount of t…

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The taverns, inns, and breweries of the Frederick area once serviced the flow of settlers heading west along the National Road. Today, food lovers make Frederick a destination. It’s easy to reach the area via I-270 north from Washington or along I-70 west from Baltimore. The variety and qual…

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At the Manassas National Battlefield Park, families can explore history, learn about the environment and wildlife, and enjoy time together outside. As the site of the first and second battles of Manassas, this sprawling 5,000-acre National Park has a wealth of possibilities to explore.