D.C. November 07, 2017
8 Underrated Towns Around DC That Deserve A Second Look
DC is one of the best road trip towns. There are so many charming towns and perfect road trip destinations near DC. Washingtonians have many small towns to visit for day or weekend trips. But we found a few towns in the DC area that are so underrated that you might not think to go to them.
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Leonardtown Maryland is a quaint town right along Breton Bay. In the 18th century it was known as "a most convenient place." Today visitors can enjoy plenty of charm in their town square, wineries, shops, galleries and restaurants.
Clifton, Virginia is 30 miles from DC in southwestern Fairfax County. Clifton is a slow-paced historic town. Stroll down beautiful Main Street and check out each of the signs outside the historic homes. Shop at the Clifton General Store and enjoy one of the delicious cafes in downtown.
3. St. Mary’s City
Historic St. Mary’s City was Maryland’s first city and played an important role in Maryland’s history. Today it’s a living history museum and National Historic Landmark. The town is an immersive historical experience filled with costumed interpreters and actors who play out historical reenactments.
Haymarket Virginia was once known as a "crossroads" as it’s situated at the intersection of the Old Carolina Road and North Branch of Dumfries Road, which were once used as trade routes. It’s a walkable town full of local heritage and plenty of attractions for visitors.
Middleburg Virginia is the nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital. Middleburg is situated among miles of rolling hills and gorgeous farms right along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spend time at local wineries, dine at the historic Red Fox Inn or relax at the Salamander Resort and Spa.
Leesburg is a historic and gorgeous town 30 miles outside of DC. It is a lovely community nestled in Virginia wine country. Explore the nearby wineries and then stroll through their downtown area and stop into one of the independently owned restaurants.
Oxford, Maryland is a small waterside town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Oxford is the perfect place to relax on the water. Take a ferry ride, picnic on the waterfront and visit the Oxford Museum to learn about the town’s 300 year history.
Shepherdstown, West Virginia is only 90 minutes away from DC. Shepherdstown overlooks the Potomac River. It’s home to Shepherd University and is rumored to be one of the most haunted towns in the country.
Will you be exploring any of these underrated towns in DC? We also found this
perfect little known town that is perfect for a great day trip!