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List of the best day trips from Washington, D.C. It’s hard to imagine wanting to travel outside of Washington, D.C. for sights to see, but after looking at this list of the best day trips from D.C., you’ll definitely be tempted. The entire surrounding area is rich with American history; day trips out of Washington, D.C. include those to Gettysburg, Fredericksburg National Military Park and Antietam National Battlefield. In short, you won’t run out of things to do inside or outside of Washington, D.C.

American history lovers can have a field day in the areas surrounding Washington, D.C. Popular day trip locations include battlefields, military bases and (perhaps the crowning jewel) the plantation home of George Washington. This home, called Mount Vernon, is a National Historic Landmark and an absolute must-take day trip for Washington, D.C. travelers.

 You can also experience the modern with a Washington, D.C. day trip to the American Visionary Art Museum. What, exactly, is visionary art, you ask? The museum defines it as ‘self-taught art’ or art that comes from within the soul for the benefit of the artist, not the critic. Whatever you call it, a day trip to this museum will add a touch of whimsy to your Washington, D.C. trip.

 This list contains the greatest Washington, D.C. day trips of all time. You may need to extend your journey to see everything; once you think you’ve seen it all, you’ll probably discover something new to see around Washington, D.C.

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Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Baltimore Maryland, USA

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Gettysburg Pennsylvania, USA

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New York City is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
New York City New York, USA

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Richmond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Richmond Virginia, USA

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Shenandoah National Park is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Shenandoah National Park Virginia, USA

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Fort McHenry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Fort McHenry Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Gunston Hall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.

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National Aquarium in Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
National Aquarium in Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Rehoboth Beach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Rehoboth Beach Delaware, USA

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Williamsburg Historic District is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Williamsburg Historic District Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

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Antietam National Battlefield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Antietam National Battlefield Maryland, USA

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Brookside Gardens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Brookside Gardens Wheaton, Maryland, USA

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Blandy Experimental Farm Histo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Blandy Experimental Farm Historic District Virginia, USA

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Frying Pan Park is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Frying Pan Park USA

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Sky Meadows State Park is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Sky Meadows State Park Virginia, USA

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Pohick Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Pohick Park Virginia, USA

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Harpers Ferry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Harpers Ferry West Virginia, USA

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Sully Historic Site is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Sully Historic Site Virginia, USA

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Annapolis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Annapolis Maryland, USA

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Fredericksburg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Fredericksburg Washington-Arlington-Alexandria^! DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division, USA

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American Visionary Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
American Visionary Art Museum Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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United States Naval Academy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.

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Middleburg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Middleburg Virginia, USA

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Fredericksburg and Spotsylvani... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.

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Mount Vernon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Day Trips from Washington, D.C.
Mount Vernon Virginia, USA