At the end of each year, Americans vow to accomplish a set of tasks in the new year: Our new year’s resolutions. Year after year, the resolutions remain the same: “Lose 25 pounds,” “Pay off a credit card.” The list goes on.

This year, we at Recreation News want you to try something a little different. In 2019, resolve to go on more adventures.

Now, when we say “adventures,” we don’t necessarily mean to throw on a pair of hiking boots and a backpack and hit the woods — unless you’re into that sort of thing. We merely just mean that in 2019, we want you to try new things and experience new places, and you might as well do that in your own Mid-Atlantic backyard.

Here’s a few things we’re hoping to accomplish in 2019:

Visit Ricketts Glen State Park

As a Central Pennsylvania resident, I keep saying that I want to visit one of Pennsylvania’s most iconic state parks, Ricketts Glen, but never seem to make it there. This park is home to 22 waterfalls, and mile after mile of hiking trails.

Do a Coastal Brewery Tour

There are two things I love in life: beer and the beach. The Mid-Atlantic is home to a number of brew trails, many of them on the coast.

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

Dubbed “America’s favorite drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in the Mid-Atlantic. I hope to soak up a huge chunk of it during a trip this year.

—Ellen

Explore Historic Annapolis

As Maryland’s state capital and home of the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis has got a lot going on and it has for the last 300 years! My Annapolis to-do list includes peeping the expensive watercraft along “Ego Alley” and touring the grounds of the William Paca House & Garden.

A Visit to Lesser-known Museum

Each month the Heurich House Museum hosts “History & Hops”; a beer tasting from a local brewer and a tour of the 1890s mansion. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

Try Something New at a Food Festival

A festival made up of snacks? Sounds like my kind of heaven. Whether it’s the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival or the Mac and Cheese Fest in Baltimore, I guarantee I’ll be heading to at least a few in 2019.

—Amanda

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