Quantico National Cemetery
18424 Joplin Road (Route 619)
Triangle, VA 22172
Located on land that was part of the U.S. Marine Corps training base and adjacent to Quantico in Prince William County, the Quantico National Cemetery honors all of the nation’s veterans. More than 2,000 graves and seven memorials make up the cemetery, with monuments to Edson’s Raiders, a Purple Heart memorial and additional memorials honoring both individuals and group divisions. Office open daily, sunrise to sunset.
Arlington National Cemetery
1 Memorial Drive
Arlington, VA 22211
Arlington National Cemetery honors those who have served the nation, covering 624 acres of rolling hills and age-old trees. There are as many as 30 funeral services performed here daily, as well as sites for visitors such as the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington House and the grave of President John F. Kennedy. There is a visitor’s center next to the cemetery entrance, with maps, guidebooks, exhibits and information services. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily October through March, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily April through September.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
Triangle, VA 22172
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a tribute to Marines of today and yesterday. Situated on 135 acres, displays in the museum include galleries for the Vietnam War, Korean War, and World War I and II. There is a theater that shows films on the Marine experience, a museum store and food services on the premises. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Christmas. Admission and parking are free.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
1 Busch Gardens Blvd.
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Enjoy European themes and old-world charm alongside modern thrills and action at Busch Gardens. Called “America’s most beautiful theme park,” there are more than 40 rides and attractions, shows, shopping and dining. The park has special events such as Christmas town and hosts concerts, as well as offering up-close tours of animal exhibits and behind-the-scenes access to the park. Park hours and current admission rates are available on the website.
Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
Virginia’s Living Museum brings visitors in contact with an amazing and unusual assortment of wildlife and plant life and provides science and space education. Explore the live exhibits, with more than 250 species of animals and plants. Catch a show at the Abbitt Planetarium, or enjoy one of the many special events such as “High Noon Year’s Eve” and the Bacchus Wine and Food Festival. Hours of operation are available on the website.
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121
The beautiful estate of George Washington includes the mansion, tomb, working farm and outbuildings. The Ford Orientation Center helps visitors plan their day, providing maps in 11 languages and audio tours. There is a museum and education center, the George Washington Pioneer Farmer site for viewing demonstrations of real farm work, as well as a distillery, slave memorial, and beautiful trails and gardens. Guests can also purchase mementos of their visit at the gift shops or enjoy a meal at the food court or restaurant. Mount Vernon is open 365 days a year with hours available on the website.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23220
Opened in 1936, this museum presents both permanent collections and traveling exhibits. The museum’s collections include African art, American art, ancient art and art deco, and exhibits have included Secrets of the Tomb, the Paintings of Clarice Smith and Visions from the Congo. Tours are available for both adults and students, and the facilities may be rented for private parties. There are restaurants and a gift shop with one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Open 365 days a year, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. General admission is free.
2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 South
Williamsburg, VA 23185
History comes alive at the Jamestown Settlement, where the story of the original settlers of the area is displayed through exhibits, film and costumed historical interpreters. Visitors can step aboard replicas of the ships that sailed from England to Virginia in 1607, investigate life-size re-creations of the fort and Powhatan village, and tour the riverfront discovery area. There are vacation packages available through the website, with special rates for groups and schools. Open daily with varying seasonal hours, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
351 W. Camden St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
See the Orioles play at this state-of-the-art facility in downtown Baltimore. The official home of the Orioles since 1992, the park has both individual and season tickets available, as well as daily tours offered from mid-February through mid-December. The All-Star Cafe offers a rotating menu and there are concessions available for drinks during the games.
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
The National Aquarium has more than 150,000 marine and freshwater animals, with exhibits that include daily shows at the 4-D Immersion Theater, the “Jellies Invasion” jellyfish exhibit and a dolphin show. Group and student rates are available, as well as special behind-the-scenes tours. Visit the website for hours of operation and seasonal rates and discounts.
A perfect mix of resorts and laid-back seaside fun, Ocean City is the premiere getaway for Maryland residents and visitors. Stroll the 3-mile boardwalk, feast at one of the many restaurants and cafes, or hang out on the 10 miles of beaches. There are 17 golf courses in the area, outlet malls, fishing and regular free events on the beaches for the entire family.
Six Flags America
13710 Central Ave.
Bowie/Mitchellville, MD 20721
With rides that range from thrilling and a little scary to gentle fun for small children, Six Flags America has something for everyone. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has a variety of slides and watery rides, and the park has regular live entertainment throughout the season. There are endless snack shops and restaurants, as well as plenty of shopping. The park is open seasonally; hours and rates are available on the website.
African Art Museum of Maryland
11711 E. Market Place
Fulton, MD 20759
This collection of African art includes video presentations, films, lectures, tours and workshops. Exhibit items include musical instruments, baskets, household items and other collectibles. There are special events held throughout the year, as well as family activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Other days and times are available by appointment. Admission is free with donations welcomed.
Airmen Memorial Museum
5211 Auth Road
Suitland, MD 20746
This museum dedicates itself to the airmen who have served the United States by showcasing artifacts, photographs, diaries, records, letters and books. There are fabric portions of both American and German planes from World War II, an enlisted airman’s canteen that was carried on the Bataan Death March, a Norden bombsight, flight jackets, photography and handwritten letters. The museum is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20560
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum offers a diverse display of historic aircraft and spacecraft, the largest in the world. With two facilities, the National Mall building and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, those interested in the history of flight and space travel can view endless exhibits and artifacts. There is also an IMAX theater, flight simulators, a planetarium, a three-level museum shop and food courts. Tours are offered for groups and school functions, as well as free educational programs. Visit the website for hours of operation.
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540
One of the world’s largest library systems, the Library of Congress was established by Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill that transferred the seat of government from Philadelphia to Washington. Originally intended for private use by Congress, the library has expanded greatly over the years and is open to the public. In addition to the wealth of knowledge available via the library’s many collections, visitors can see the beautiful architecture and explore various exhibits. Hours of operation for each building are available on the website.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20566
Located on the banks of the Potomac River, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts showcases a wide variety of performances throughout the year. See ballet, jazz and vocal concerts or attend lectures and art discussions. The center offers free guided tours of the Hall of Statues, Hall of Nations and the main theaters, as well as dozens of paintings and art given to the center by different countries. There is a gift shop and a restaurant on the premises so guests can enjoy a meal before a performance. Visit the website for ticket information and hours.
1500 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Located south of the Capitol and adjacent to the Navy Yard, Nationals Park is the state-of-the-art home to Washington Nationals Major League Baseball and the cornerstone of the mixed-use Capitol Riverfront. The 41,546-seat venue opened in 2008, featuring an innovative design of steel, glass and precast concrete, providing fans with panoramic views of the surrounding city and landmarks, such as the Capitol and the Washington Monument. The park’s high-tech, 4,500-square-foot, high-definition scoreboard is just one part of the exciting game experience for Nats fans. Not only does the facility feature modern amenities, but it’s also green, as it was the first major stadium in the U.S. accredited as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design structure. Visit the Nationals’ website for schedules, ticket prices and more.
West Potomac Park
Part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, the Lincoln Memorial is one of the most symbolic memorials in the U.S. Those visiting the park can also go on walking tours, bike tours and daily interpretive programs. Rangers are on duty 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily to answer questions, although the park is open to the public 24 hours a day.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Nearly 2,000 animals from 400 different species are part of the Smithsonian National Zoo. See Asian elephants, big cats, apes, reptiles and ocean wildlife, all up close and personal on the 163-acre facility. The zoo hosts various special events throughout the year, as well as educational programs and tours. There are gift shops and food concessions, as well as wheelchairs and strollers available. Hours vary based on the season. Admission is free. Visit the website for more information.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500
An amazing part of America’s history for more than 200 years, the White House is a widely recognized symbol of the United States. Self-guided tours are available, with requests submitted through one’s member of Congress up to six months in advance. The White House Visitor Center is a great place to stop before or after a tour for information about the White House, its history and architecture, first families and social events. For more information on tours, visit www.whitehouse.gov/about/tours-and-events.
National Gallery of Art
6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20565
The National Gallery of Art and its attached Sculpture Garden is a national art museum in Washington, D.C., located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW. Open to the public and free of charge, the museum was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the United States Congress. Andrew W. Mellon donated a substantial art collection and funds for construction.
The Gallery’s campus includes the original neoclassical West Building designed by John Russell Pope, which is linked underground to the modern East Building, designed by I.M. Pei, and the 6.1-acre Sculpture Garden. The Gallery often presents temporary special exhibitions spanning the world and the history of art. The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 202-737-4215 for more information.