Road trip ideas for GW’s first fall break

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Annapolis, Md. is an easy road trip from D.C. to take during fall break.

Going back to school is a little less daunting with the promise of a fall break less than two months into the semester.

A four-day weekend means you can plan to get out of the District — and not just to Arlington — for a change of scenery. Book your tickets now, and make the most of fall weather on the East Coast by visiting these locations.

Annapolis
You may have visited nearby Baltimore before, but it’s worth another trip into Maryland to visit this historic port city. Take a walking tour of the quaint town and visit the various Revolutionary-era mansions, including the Chase-Lloyd House and the Hammond-Harwood house. Learn about America’s naval history at the famous port at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum, and be sure to visit the Banneker-Douglass African American History museum.

Delaware beaches
Visit a charming seaside town at one of the many beaches along the Delaware coast. Rent a bike and travel down one of Rehoboth Beach’s streets, lined with colorful cottages and boutiques, or take a boat tour at the less-crowded Lewes Beach. Go to the top of a WWII observation tower at Cape Henlopen State Park to see a 360 degree view of the coastline. With each beach only a few miles apart, you can hit them all over four days.

Shenandoah National Park
Get in touch with nature on a hike through the lush forest of Shenandoah National Park. The Matthews Arm loop is an ideal two-day backpacking trip where you can soak in 16.8 miles of fall colors and pristine waterfalls.

Philadelphia
Visit the site of the 2016 Democratic National Convention and, of course, some other historic moments. Obviously, you’ll want to run up the steps from “Rocky” and see the Liberty Bell. Also, be sure to visit some off-the-beaten-path locations: At the Mütter Museum, you can see the remains of Albert Einstein’s brain, and by the Curtis Center you can view “The Dream Garden,” which is the largest glass mural in the U.S. featuring 100,000 pieces of glass.

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