Wunderground® Travel Planner: Gaithersburg, MD
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1415 Key Hwy.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Housed in an 1865 oyster cannery, the fascinating and kid-friendly Baltimore Museum of Industry covers the city's industrial and labor history and is well worth the 0.5-mi walk south of the Inner Harbor along Key Highway. Here you can watch and help operate the functional re-creations of a machine shop circa 1900, a print shop, a cannery, and a garment workroom. A restored steam-driven tugboat that plied the waterfront for the first half of the 20th century is docked outside. www.thebmi.org. Admission: $10. Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 11-4.
100 Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Inside two glass-enclosed marketplaces are a plethora of shops and eateries: the Light Street Pavilion has two stories of food courts and restaurants and the Pratt Street Pavilion is dedicated mainly to retail stores. More than a dozen restaurants, including Edo Sushi, Phillips, and Tir Na Nog, offer waterfront dining, and such local specialty shops as Best of Baltimore and Maryland Bay Company carry interesting souvenirs. In summer, performers entertain at an outdoor amphitheater between the two pavilions, and paddleboats are available for rent south of the Pratt Street building. A skywalk from the Pratt Street Pavilion leads to The Gallery,
a four-story shopping mall with 70 more shops, including Bebe, J. Crew, Coach, and Godiva Chocolatiers. www.harborplace.com. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 11-7. Harborplace and the Gallery have extended summer hrs; some restaurants open earlier for breakfast, and most close late.
Constitution Ave. and 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20013
National Museum of American History. The 3 million artifacts in the country's largest history museum explore America's cultural, political, and scientific past, with holdings as diverse and iconic as Abraham Lincoln's top hat, Thomas Edison's lightbulbs, and Judy Garland's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
The museum's nickname, "America's attic," is apt: its 20 exhibition galleries are crammed with unexpected items and stories from every nook and cranny of American history.
The new Star-Spangled Banner
gallery is the highlight of a two-year $85 million renovation of the museum, completed in late 2008. Its centerpiece is the actual 30- x 34-foot banner that in 1814 survived 25 hours of British rocket attacks on Fort McHenry, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the song that became the national anthem.
For political and military history, visit the American Presidency
, andPrice of Freedom: Americans at War
The Science in American Life
gallery explores American scientific research from the invention of the lightbulb to the development of the atomic bomb. There are two hands-on workshops: inInvention at Play
, kids can design a custom pinwheel, create a laser-generated picture of their voice, and learn about American inventors. In theSpark Lab
, lively scientists lead daily lab explorations of a variety of subjects, such as chemical explosions and looking at DNA under microscopes.
For entertainment and sports history, line up for the Thanks for the Memories
gallery, starring the famous ruby slippers, as well as the original Kermit the Frog and Muhammed Ali's boxing gloves.
Head to the information desk to pick up a guide to the highlights and find out if there is a free performance scheduled.
Expect waits of up to 20 minutes for the Star Spangled Banner, First Ladies' Dresses, and Thanks for the Memories Galleries. To see pop culture memorabilia without the wait, check out the displays in the lower-level entrance, such as C-3PO's costume from Return of the Jedi and Carrie Bradshaw's laptop from Sex and the City.
This is the only museum in the world with an active program of using its historical musical instruments for live performances; the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society holds regular concerts.
The Stars and Stripes Café on the lower level serves sandwiches, salads, pizza, and burgers. The Constitution Café on the first floor serves coffee, ice cream, and snacks.
The main museum store is on the first floor; a smaller best-of store is on the second. www.americanhistory.si.edu. Admission: Free. Hours: Daily 10-5:30. Metro: Smithsonian or Federal Triangle.
1600 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
The first museum of modern art in the country, the masterpiece-filled Phillips Collection is unique in origin and content. It opened in 1921 in the Georgian Revival mansion of collector Duncan Phillips, who wanted to showcase his art in a museum that would stand as a memorial to his father and brother. Having no interest in a painting's market value or its faddishness, Phillips searched for pieces that impressed him as outstanding products of a particular artist's unique vision. At the heart of the collections are impressionist and modern masterpieces by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, and Henri Matisse. These are grouped by theme and artist throughout the Phillips mansion, making for a museum-going experience that is as intimate as it is inspiring.
The collection's most famous piece is Renoir's magnificent work of impressionism, Luncheon of the Boating Party.
Other celebrity works include Degas'sDancers at the Barre,
Vincent van Gogh'sEntrance to the Public Garden at Arles,
andA Bowl of Plums
by 18th-century artist Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, whom Phillips called "the first modern painter."
The glowing, chapel-like Rothko Room
emerged from a bond between Phillips and modern master Mark Rothko. Rothko said he preferred to exhibit his paintings in smaller, more intimately scaled rooms, and Phillips designed the gallery specifically to the artist's preferences.
Cézanne's intense, piercing self-portrait was the painting Phillips said he would save first if the gallery caught fire.
The Phillips employs students of art history, many of whom are artists themselves, to sit by the paintings and answer questions.
On the first Thursday of the month, the museum stays open late for live jazz, gallery talks, and a cash bar.
The museum holds a Sunday-afternoon concert in its oak-paneled music room nearly every week. Seats are unreserved and included with museum admission, but showing up early is recommended.
Take a break in the café, overlooking the museum courtyard.
There are tours of the museum and permanent collection on Saturday at 11; special-exhibitions tours are on Friday at 11. Tours are unreserved and included in the price of admission. www.phillipscollection.org. Admission: Free for permanent collection weekdays; admission varies weekends and for special exhibitions. Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri., and Sat. 10-5; Thurs. 10-8:30; Sun. 11-6. Metro: Dupont Circle.
16701 Lakeview Rd.
Flintstone, MD 21530
With Evitts Mountain and Lake Habeeb as a backdrop, this resort is in one of the state's most idyllic spots. The lobby, dining room, and lounge overlook a 243-acre man-made lake. In keeping with the nature outside, the colors green and brown are used throughout the six-story hotel. Rooms, larger than usual, are appointed with Shaker-style furniture, and most have views of a breathtaking ridge of mountains. If traveling with your pet, request a special "V.I.P." room, which greets your furry one with a special treat basket. Suites include a gas fireplace and sitting area. Try a spa treatment, 18 holes on the golf course, a hike along the park's trails, or boating, fishing, and swimming. At this writing, Rocky Gap was planning an expansion to include a gambling area. Pros:
one of the region's best golf courses and a first-rate spa.Cons
: not as intimate an experience as staying at a small B&B. www.rockygapresort.com. 203 rooms, 15 suites. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf course, pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.
13 Canal St.
Cumberland, MD 21502
The C&O Canal National Historical Park is the starting point for walking and biking the towpath and tours on replica canal boats. Markers set occasionally along the towpath explain the railroad's role in the development of the town and the region's coal industry. Grab a meal or browse through the small shops or listen to a summer concert on the water at nearby Canal Place. www.canalplace.org. Admission: Free. Hours: Daily 9-5.
11100 Fort Frederick Rd.
Big Pool, MD 21711
Along the Potomac River stands the only remaining stone fort from the French and Indian War, built in 1756. Named after Frederick Calvert, the sixth Lord of Baltimore, the fort's stone walls have been returned to their 1758 appearance. A visitor center displays artifacts from the French and Indian War and the Colonial era. The park offers hiking trails, skiing, boating, and canoeing. Admission: $3. Hours: Apr.-Oct., daily 8am-dusk; Nov.-Mar., weekdays 8am-dusk, weekends 10am-dusk.
349 Headquarters La.
Grantsville, MD 21536
In the northern end of Savage River State Forest, the much smaller New Germany State Park (400 acres) contains stands of hemlocks and pines planted in the late 1950s. In winter this popular hiking spot's 8 mi of trails are groomed for cross-country skiing. You can swim, fish, and boat in the 13-acre man-made lake, although low water levels and a profusion of aquatic plants have made much of the lake unusable. The park has picnic shelters, 39 campsites, and 11 rental cabins, fully equipped for year-round use. www.dnr.state.md.us. Admission: $2 Memorial Day-Labor Day; $3 during ski season. Hours: Daily dawn-dusk.
4165 Mears Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD
Opened in 2004, this luxury hotel and spa is a key part of the revitalization of the town's tourism business. The public spaces pay homage to the beachfront community's history. A mural in the lobby depicts the old roller coaster that once thrilled vacationers, and framed photographs line the corridors, tracing the town's changes from its Victorian heyday to the present. The whitewashed oak furniture and sand-color walls give the rooms an elegant yet beachy style. The resort was built right on the water's edge, and its suites and deluxe rooms have balconies that seem to hang over the Bay. There are also three dining options, a boardwalk, and a fishing charter company at the hotel's full-service marina. Pros:
a full-service resort with boating, an indoor pool, and spa services; a sandy beach.Cons:
don't expect a "jumping the waves" experience at the beach—the Chesapeake is placid compared to the beach properties on the Atlantic. wwwcbresortspa.com. 72 rooms, 6 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
11710 MacArthur Blvd.
Potomac, MD 20854
The C&O Canal National Historical Park extends along the Potomac River 184½ mi from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, Maryland. Three miles south of the town of Potomac, the Great Falls Tavern,
a museum and visitor center, serves as the park's local anchor. Barge trips and a vista on the powerful Great Falls are the draws here. A ½-mi, wheelchair-accessible walkway to the platform on Olmsted Island provides a spectacular view of the churning waters. Swimming and wading are prohibited, but you can fish (a Maryland license is required for anglers 16 and older) or climb the rocky Billy Goat Trail; only experienced boaters can go white-water kayaking below the falls—all along this stretch of the river, the currents are deadly. The tavern ceased food service long ago, so if you're hungry, head for the seasonal snack bar a few paces north or bring your own picnic. www.nps.gov/choh. Admission: $5 per vehicle, $3 per person without vehicle, good for 3 days on MD and VA sides of park. Hours: Park, daily sunrise-sunset; tavern and museum, daily 9-4:45; barge trips, Apr.-Oct., Tues.-Sun. 11, 1:30, and 3.
1020 Pinkerton Rd.
Mount Joy, PA 17552
The ideal family getaway, this 200-year-old stone farmhouse was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. This is a dairy farm with calves to feed and cows to milk. Children love the abundance of kittens, roosters, and sheep, as well as the fishing and boating in the creek. There are also free pony, barrel train, and tractor rides. Pros:
fun atmosphere for kids; filling breakfast; great value.Cons:
communal breakfast not for everyone; must book far in advance; smell of animals. www.rockyacre.com. 8 rooms, 2 efficiency units. In-room: kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: children's programs, parking. No credit cards. Rate includes: Breakfast.
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