The first day of summer is just around the corner. Most of the COVID-19 restrictions have been reduced or eliminated. It’s time for a road trip. Some of my favorite road trip destinations include Annapolis, MD, Harpers Ferry, WV, and Skyline Drive.
Annapolis, MD is just a quick ride out Rt. 50
Annapolis, the Capitol of Maryland, is on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and water is what this city is all about. The US Naval Academy is in the city and there are many waterways to explore. The Bay or one of the many rivers, streams, creeks, and bays that feed into it Chesapeake Bay, you can hire a boat for the day and have lunch on the water!
If you’re not into sailing, there are a number of tour boat options or you can hire anything from a kayak or paddleboard to a seafaring fishing boat complete with gear and crew to have a go at catching your dinner.
Back on land, try some local seafood specialties, oysters, rockfish, and crab are staples and you've got to give them a try.
Annapolis is also a very historic city. The streets are full of some of the most important parts of American history and sights to see. The Maryland State House is the oldest one in the country that is still in use. It was also the capital of the United States for a few months between 1783 and 1784. George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army while trying to step down from his public role... about 6 years before becoming President!
Harpers Ferry, WV about an hour out I270 & US Rt. 340
The town of Harpers Ferry sits at the point where Shenandoah River flows into the Potomac where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet.
It is a designated National Historic Park due to the significance of the town in the run-up to and during the Civil War. John Brown’s famous arsenal siege took place in Harpers Ferry and the Bolivar Heights battlefield is a short walk from Lower Town.
Cross the river along the railroad bridge. The Appalachian Trail passes through, and crosses over the bridge - you get some amazing views in all directions.
Once on the other side, you have the option of hiking to the top of Maryland Heights - one of the highest peaks overlooking Harpers Ferry. If you have time for the 2-hour hike, the views will be worth it!
Skyline Drive Through Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive is one of two roadways that closely follow the Appalachian Trail. The other is the Blue Ridge Parkway which follows on where Skyline Drive ends and goes all the way to Cherokee in the Great Smoky Mountains on the border between Tennessee
Skyline Drive starts kind of close to Rockville. Take I-66 about 75 miles to the Shenandoah National Park. Skyline Drive starts at the Front Royal Entrance to the park. .
Driving the length of the park will take over 3 hours. Driving through the picturesque roads with stunning views, the 3 hours may just feel like heaven.
It’s a perfect road that twists and turns along the side of the mountain range with views that stretch for miles and miles of forests, valleys, and mountain peaks.
You’ll notice the landscape becomes more mountainous as you make your way south. You can also stretch your legs by doing an hour or two of hiking - you'll get lungs full of fresh air all while listening to the trees swaying in the wind.
Enjoy the Ride.