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Old 03-16-2011, 06:26 PM
 
Location: The South
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Great Falls, Maryland side. Not a very far walk from the parking lot, beautiful view, small museum, and then lunch at Normandy Farms Restaurant on Falls Road in Potomac. Not sure when the C & O canal boat rides start for the season but that could be interesting. Have fun!
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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Thanks for the awesome ideas, everyone!
Waterfront OTA will definetely be a stop for them - it was one of the first places I went to the first time I came here and I loved it.

I will also check out the other recommendations. Thanks again!
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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If they can walk a little bit, Great Falls is always a crowd pleaser. The Maryland side has that cool walk out to the observation deck on the island. Also, MD side has a more preserved piece of the historic canal and the canal boat. OTOH Maryland side involves more walking. You might want to go over there and see what you think.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:34 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Great Falls, Maryland side. Not a very far walk from the parking lot, beautiful view, small museum, and then lunch at Normandy Farms Restaurant on Falls Road in Potomac. Not sure when the C & O canal boat rides start for the season but that could be interesting. Have fun!
I might have to take MY parents there the next time they visit. (My mom went ga-ga over Wolf Trap.. not the free outdoor concert venue aspect per se, since they've been to Ravinia in the Chicago suburbs dozens of times, but the setting - a gentle hillside forming natural 'terraced' seating and rolling woodland/(former?) farmland providing a lovely, bucolic background.)
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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The Marine Corp Museum in Triangle, Va in PWC. Not too big and accommodating. If either were in the military they will appreciate the museum.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:02 PM
 
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How about Hillwood Museum and Garden??? I loved it there! There are some stairs to do, but they may have an elevator to get you upstairs in the house.

Also, Gettysburg Battlefield is a ton of fun. I have been before and just visited the gift shop and then drove around the grounds, it was amazing. Then you can have lunch in the town which is super cute and easy to walk around.
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Old 02-22-2014, 09:39 PM
 
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I agree exactly with what Marie said. Park in the garage she mentioned, next to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo...ry_Arts_Center . Sit on the benches on the pier/ boardwalk and look at the river, the cruise boats, sidewalk artists and musicians, and visit the Arts Center. Often on weekends, the musician Jamie Turner plays outside on the pier, as he is doing here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4mX6C_qlDc

Middleburg is also good, it's like an aristocratic English country town, with its old stone buildings, cafe's, shops, and horse farms. http://www.middleburgonline.com

If you know how to drive there, take them to http://www.nationalshrine.com and very close to it, the http://www.myfranciscan.org which is free and has beautiful gardens, or else to http://www.nationalcathedral.org which recently added an underground garage.

If they have an interest in military history, go to http://usmcmuseum.org .

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Old 02-23-2014, 03:30 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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I would bet they've come and gone by now. 2011 thread.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:57 AM
 
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Maybe they walk reallllly slowly and are still here.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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If you know how to drive there, take them to Home-National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and very close to it, the Franciscan Monastery | An Oasis of Peace which is free and has beautiful gardens.
You know, for all the years I lived in northern VA I've never been to the Franciscan Monastery Garden. I see there's a metro stop about 4 blocks away. Is it in a safe enough neighborhood that we could take the train there and then walk over to it?
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