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Top Day Trip Destinations This Summer

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When you live so close to D.C., Annapolis and Virginia, you don’t have to take weeks of vacation or travel far to enjoy the best attractions in the area. Here are the top destinations you and your family can enjoy when you live at BeechTree.

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary (13 miles from home)

You never have to go far from home to find one of the area’s finest parks. The Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary encompasses 1,670 acres of Upper Marlboro parkland and offers hiking trails, self-guided driving tours and picnic areas, as well as opportunities for fishing and birding.

National Mall and Memorial Parks (22 miles from home)

The National Mall is the perfect place to take your family for a day of sightseeing in our nation’s capital. The National Mall and Memorial Parks offer more than 1,000 acres of green space, so whether you’re taking a guided tour or just sitting down for a picnic in front of the Washington Monument, you’ll find plenty of ways to fill your day with family fun and education in Washington, D.C.

National Harbor (22 miles from home)

You’ll find never-ending fun and excitement at National Harbor. The waterfront destination offers daily events, dining and entertainment. Hop on The Capital Wheel and enjoy the view from 180 feet above the Potomac River or step inside one of 150 shops you’ll find here. Plan a day trip or just go for the evening — either way, you’ll find plenty to do.

Smithsonian Museums and Zoo (22-25 miles from home)

The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums and galleries as well as the National Zoological Park. Regardless of what you and your family are looking for, there are plenty of exhibits that everyone can enjoy in Washington, D.C. Best of all, they’re free and open every day of the year except for Christmas.

Annapolis Waterfront (23 miles from home)

Visit for lunch or just to stroll around the historic Annapolis waterfront. In the center of the historic district, the Annapolis City Dock is filled with great shops and restaurants, as well as year-round family-friendly events.

Kings Dominion (100 miles from home)

From thrilling coasters to kid-friendly rides and entertainment, Kings Dominion is your ticket to a day of family fun. Just north of Richmond, Kings Dominion features world-class thrill rides such as Intimidator 305, one of the fastest and tallest roller coasters on the East Coast, as well as fun rides and activities for the little ones at Planet Snoopy.

Deep Creek Lake (207 miles from home)

Make the most of the warm weather and enjoy the great outdoors at Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. You and your family can take part in a variety of outdoor activities, including tubing, boating, jet skiing, kayaking, fishing and more. And the area is dog-friendly so don’t forget your four-legged friends!

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