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Alexandria is south of Arlington, along the Potomac River, and a short metro ride away from DC. Old Town Alexandria features cobblestone streets, nearly 4,000 buildings dating as far back as the 1600s, and shops and good restaurants. The George Washington Masonic Memorial, dedicated to George Washington, is a must-see. Alexandria also includes Mount Vernon, the former home of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The mansion overlooks the Potomac River and includes a huge museum dedicated to the life of America’s first president.

Annandale and Centreville are the D.C. area’s Korea towns, with some of the best Korean BBQ you’ll find anywhere outside Seoul, many of which are open 24 hours per day!

Arlington is directly across the Potomac River from D.C. and includes attractions such as the Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Memorial, as well as the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, an indoor shopping mall.

Charlottesville, 114 miles southwest of D.C., is home to the University of Virginia, as well as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate and vineyard, Ash Lawn-Highland, the former home of President James Monroe.

Falls Church is home to the largest Vietnamese community on the East Coast, and the food is magnificent!

Fredericksburg, roughly halfway between D.C. and Richmond and accessible via the VRE Train, was founded in colonial era as a “port city”. The town was heavily contested in the Civil War and has a historic district with galleries, music venues, and fine dining. The downtown area and battlefields have been well preserved due to strong local commitment to historic preservation, providing a unique blend of old and new culture.

George Washington Memorial Parkway is a scenic road that runs along the Virginia side of the Potomac River between Mount Vernon and Great Falls. Two trail networks for running/walking/cycling intersect the parkway: the 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which runs between Theodore Roosevelt Island and Mount Vernon.

Great Falls includes Great Falls Park, an 800-acre park along the Potomac River, 14 miles northwest from Washington, DC. The park includes many beautiful hiking trails and the area’s largest waterfall. Great Falls also has the area’s most beautiful homes and is compared to Beverly Hills.

Leesburg is a historic city that includes Simon’s Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets.

Manassas is a quaint town near Manassas National Battlefield Park, which contains two major Civil War battlefields.

McLean and Tysons Corner have beautiful mansions and very large shopping malls.

National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, near Dulles International Airport, houses large air and spacecraft including an SR-71 “Blackbird” spy plane, a Concorde supersonic jet, and the space shuttle Discovery. Admission is free.

Reston offers some nice restaurants, shops, and bars with nightlife.

Woodbridge is the location of Simon’s Potomac Mills, a humungous shopping mall that has the best discounts in the D.C. area.

Annapolis is 32 miles east of Washington DC, along Route 50. It is the Maryland state capital and home to the Naval Academy. Its historic district has numerous shops and restaurants along the Chesapeake Bay waterfront. It is a good place to take a boat trip.

Bethesda is accessible using the Red Line Metro and features almost 200 restaurants with food from all over the world.

Bowie is accessible using the MARC train and is home to the Bowie Baysox minor league baseball team.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park features several hiking trails as well as Great Falls, the most impressive waterfall in the area. The park also offers kayaking and rock climbing. It can be accessed from the Maryland and Virginia sides off of I-495 or via a 13-mile scenic hiker-biker trail from Georgetown.

College Park is a vibrant college town just outside the D.C. city limits that is home to the University of Maryland.

Eastern Shore (Maryland) is a great place to charter a boat for the day or eat Maryland’s famous crabs.

Ellicott City is 14 miles west of Baltimore and 29 miles north of Washington DC. It is known for its historic district which contains a number of buildings dating back towards the 1800’s, in addition to restaurants, boutiques, and antique stores.

Frederick, 40 miles northwest of Washington DC and accessible via the MARC Train, is a charming city, dating back to the mid-18th century. It is a major antique center with many shops, eateries, galleries and antique dealers and there are also several Civil War sites nearby including the Monocacy National Battlefield.

Greenbelt includes the NASA Goddard Visitor Center which is a great attraction, especially for kids.

Kensington hosts an amazing annual Christmas light display at its massive Mormon Temple visible from the Beltway, which looks a lot like the Emerald Palace of Wizard of Oz fame. Antique Row is also worth a look.

Largo (Maryland) includes the Six Flags America theme park, featuring roller coasters and a water park.

National Harbor, includes the Tanger Outlets at National Harbor, the Marriott Gaylord National Convention Center, and the Capital Wheel, a 180-foot Ferris wheel.

Silver Spring is accessible using the Red Line Metro and features the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre, Fillmore Silver Spring concert venue, along with plenty of restaurants and retail, and upscale parks.

Takoma Park, a bohemian Victorian suburb, is accessible using the Red Line Metro and has eclectic shops.

Wheaton is accessible using the Red Line Metro and has some of the best ethnic dining in the entire metro area.

Baltimore is easily accessible. The Inner Harbor is home to the National Aquarium, the U.S.S. Constellation, and great restaurants. During the spring and summer, Camden Yards is a good place to see a baseball game, and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is near the ballpark. The Midtown and Fells Point neighborhoods also have many popular bars and restaurants, especially in Little Italy. From spring to fall, you can take a water taxi from the Inner Harbor to historic Fort McHenry.

Richmond, which includes a historic downtown, confederate civil war museums, and Carytown – a walk-able strip of trendy restaurants and shops – is a logical stop if you are heading south.