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Day Trips from Washington, DC

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

The beautifully preserved estate of George Washington is a great place to explore the legacy of one of America’s great visionaries.

The city has a vibrant waterfront, top-notch art and history museums, and a totally underrated eating and drinking scene.

Maryland’s small, historic capital has 18th-century architecture, great seafood restaurants and a scenic harbor. Nearby, waterfront towns and islands dot Chesapeake Bay.

Set on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, peaceful Harpers Ferry is packed with historic sites and charming B&Bs. Great hikes and bike rides begin just out of town.

Two of Virginia’s many small-town gems, Leesburg and nearby Middleburg have grand estates and delightful restaurants. Virginia’s up-and-coming wine region is nearby.

This vast wilderness has hundreds of miles of hiking trails, plus plenty of scenic overlooks to take in the rolling verdure of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Mount Vernon

A visit to George Washington’s Virginia home, Mount Vernon, is an easy escape from the city – one that the president himself enjoyed. It’s also a journey through history: the country estate of this quintessential gentleman has been meticulously restored and affords a glimpse of rural gentility from a time long gone.

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The Tyrrhenian Coast

Joanne Lane Hunter Publishing ePub

An Island within an island. The Tyrrhenian coast runs almost the entire length of Sicily's northern shore and is an uninterrupted line of resorts, beaches and little towns. This is all about vacationing and it can be congested. But, once you head inland, the crowds thin and at any other time of year there's plenty of room to maneuver.

Cefalu is the major attraction along the coast, with a pretty town and beach set below a rocky outcrop. After Taormina, it's the busiest of Sicily's coastal resorts. The Parco Madonie rises behind Cefalu and is popular with skiers in winter and hikers during the summer months. East of Cefalu is a great stretch of coast towards Milazzo, with a pretty series of lakes at Oliveri. The Tyrrhenian coast is also dotted with archaeological sites, including Himera, Tyndaris, San Marco d'Alunzio and San Biagio. Behind Sant Stefano di Camastra and bordered by Mistretta, Cesaro and Randazzo, the Parco dei Nebrodi is a good spot for nature lovers.

The Tyrrhenian coast is very accessible via a good train service and regular buses to inland destinations. However, a car is particularly useful for the interior and the two park regions.

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Revolutionary Boston

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It's not for nothing that Boston is called the birthplace of the American Revolution. Here, the Sons of Liberty railed against British policies of taxation without representation, the conflict's first blood was shed, and the 'shot heard around the world' launched a war that would spawn a nation.

Follow this 2.5-mile walking trail from the Boston Common to Bunker Hill to see where history unfolded – where protests were staged, battles were fought and heroes were lain to rest.

Protesting an unfair tax on tea, an angry mob of colonists dumped 342 crates of tea into the Boston Harbor. The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum recall the catalytic event, inviting visitors to participate in the protest and witness its aftermath.

On April 19, 1775, rebellious Minutemen stood up to British Regulars and sparked the first battles of the revolution. Celebrated on the third Monday in April, Patriots' Day commemorates the event with historic re-enactments and parades (not to mention the Boston Marathon).

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Can you guess the location of this curious cascade?

Andrew Vietze Down East Books ePub

No, it’s not Wyman Dam. This little river embankment is not likely to be confused with that monumental waterstop on the Kennebec, but on a fine autumn day, it definitely has a grandeur all its own. If you were a kid in the ’50s, you might have known the pool above this dam as a local swimming hole in a small midcoast city. If you were a duck hunter in the ’60s, you might have known it as a great place for wingshooting. If you live hereabouts these days, on any one of a dozen streets graced with stunning Greek Revival and Victorian Gothic architecture, you might venture down to walk the neat new trail here. The community was established by a colony of Scotch-Irish who emigrated from Londonderry, New Hampshire, in the 1760s. The burg that arose was to be named for that Granite State town, but settlers opted to call it after a city in Ireland. Within the next century it would become famous for shipbuilding, and a century after that for its poultry-processing industry, until in the 1970s the whole area seemed to chicken out. That was about the same time when the surrounding county was subject to a pleasant invasion by back-to-the-landers captivated by the rural countryside and the fine old architecture. (Many of the beautiful buildings downtown went up in the 1870s when the city was putting itself back together after a catastrophic fire.) The dam and this graceful old structure date back to 1888, erected to serve as a reservoir and a pump house, providing the city with its water. It’s maintained for the same purpose today, although it now is a backup to a system of wells that the burg gets its water from. You can’t swim here anymore, nor can you hunt. But you most certainly can enjoy the view. Turn to page 101 to find out where to find it.

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Regions at a Glance

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

California’s cities have more flavors than a jar of jellybeans. Start from San Francisco, equal parts earth mother and geek chic, or Los Angeles, where dozens of independent cities are rolled into one multicultural mosaic. Then drift down the coast, past cinematic Southern California beaches to surf-style San Diego. Or escape to the craggy Sierra Nevada mountains, detour to SoCal's soulful deserts and lose yourself in northern redwood forests. On sunny days when the coastal fog lifts, over 1100 miles of ocean beaches await. And no matter where you go, California's vineyards never seem far away.

California’s ‘Left Coast’ reputation rests squarely on SF, where DIY self-expression, sustainability and spontaneity are the highest virtues. Free thinkers, techies, foodies and renegade artists are all in the city's creative mix.

Outdoors nuts adore Marin County for its beaches, wildlife and hiking and cycling trails. Visit green farms that inspire Bay Area chefs, or keep things urban on the counter-cultural streets of 'Bezerkely' and 'Oaktown'.

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