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Old 09-20-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Leesburg
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One of the greatest benefits to living in NOVA is how close the region is to so much. You don't need to fly. I'd limit yourself to 4 or 5 hours of driving. You could spend a lifetime exploring all that there is within that radius.

I'll second the Philly recommendation and throw in Pittsburgh as my own two cents. It's a very family friendly city with lots for kids. The history is more oriented towards the French and Indian War than the Revolutionary War. But it's still colonial history. Check out the Heinz History Center website:

Heinz History Center - History Center
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Novastan
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I highly recommend Grandfather Mountain in western North Carolina and a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in that area.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Herndon VA
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Can I ask how long you have for the vacation? if it is a week and you want to go to Nashville or the environs it is over 620 miles so we are talking with stops over 10-11 hours. put that down as two days essentially used up driving . One day going down and one day coming back up.
The only reason I mention this is I drove down to Jacksonville once and dreaded the drive all the way back. (it rained 70% of the way back)
I am particular to the Outer Banks myself, but if you go during the 4th it will be packed.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:57 PM
 
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Search for "day trips" there are quite a few threads on that. I would recommend the followings:

Beaches:
- Ocean City
- Assateauge Island (camping on the beach) and see wild ponies!
- Chincoteague island
- the Outer banks (5 hours drive)
- Dewey/Bethany/Rehoboth Beach
- Cape May
- Atlantic City

Mountains:
- Shenandoah NP
- Canaan Valley area
- Snowshoe Mountain.
- Nelson Rock Preserve, WV. Great canopy tour!
- Fayetteville area in WV (world class rafting and a lot of adventures)

Cities
- Williamsburg
- Charlottesville
- Lancanster
- Philly
- NYC
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