DC’s Best Excursions
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- DC Art and Food Tour
- DC’s Top 10 for Kids
- DC Food Trucks
- Dining Alfresco in DC
- DC’s Best Outdoor Watering Holes
- DC’s Unsung Memorials and Monuments
- DC’s Outdoor Concerts and Events
- Green Dining in DC
- DC’s Best Family-Friendly Hotels
- DC Wine Bars
- DC Cupcake Wars
- DC Hotels with the Best Views
Most Impressive Home: Built by brothers Augustine and Lawrence Washington and developed into an estate worthy of a president by their half-brother George Washington, Mount Vernon is the finest and most famous colonial farm still in existence, on 500 well-tended acres overlooking the Potomac River.
Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Site: The home of the forgotten Founding Father George Mason is one of the area’s most unsung colonial structures. Gunston Hall has many of the trimmings of Mount Vernon — waterfront, gorgeous grounds and trails, beautifully restored interiors and a gift shop — without the crowds.
Best Way to Enjoy the Sunset: Climb aboard a 74-foot schooner and enjoy a sailboat tour at dusk on Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis. Sister ships Woodwind and Woodwind II set sail for two-hour excursions.
Nearest Civil War Battlefield: Skirmishes and battles took place across the region between 1861 and 1865, but on July 21, 1861, the first major land battle of the Civil War occurred just a morning’s ride from Washington at Manassas National Battlefield, otherwise known as the Battle of Bull Run.
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