|View toward the Blue Ridge Mountains in Greenville, VA|
How did I discover such a great little place? Travel guidebooks! I started my planning knowing that I wanted to stay in the radius of a three to four hour drive and to avoid the crowded beaches. I browsed in the 917’s for travel guidebooks on the Mid-Atlantic region to get some ideas. I also glanced through issues of Washingtonian (your local branch should have a subscription) devoted to day trips. There are so many places that look interesting! We are lucky to live in an area so rich with things to do and see. I even started making a list so that I wouldn’t forget some of them when I need local travel inspiration in the future.
Some things can keep you pretty close to home. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall is a multi-day celebration of worldwide cultural heritage. There are free performances and exhibitions over the course of two weeks (with a break for July 4th celebrations). Brave the crowds to join the Independence Day celebrations happening along the mall and stay for the spectacular display of fireworks.Happy exploring!