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1 Abacrombie
Abacrombie
58 W. Biddle St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

In a large, late-19th-century building, once a private house, this intimate inn has rooms furnished in Victorian style and an outstanding restaurant. It's across the street from the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and in walking distance of MICA, the University of Baltimore, and Amtrak's Penn Station. Breakfast is served in the parlor room. Pros:

within walking distance of the opera and symphony.

Cons:

the four-story inn has no elevator. www.badger-inn.com. 12 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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2 Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor
Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor
1000 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Close to the Inner Harbor waterfront and adjacent to Little Italy, this lodging is the farthest east of the Inner Harbor hotels. With sunny rooms in soothing neutral tones, the Courtyard Inner Harbor is a comfortable and attractive alternative to more central hotels with similar amenities and higher rates. Most downtown attractions are still within walking distance, though the stadiums and convention center are more comfortably reached by car or cab. Pros:

less expensive than most downtown hotels.

Cons:

a decent walk to many Inner Harbor attractions. www.marriott.com/BWIDT. 205 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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3 Hampton Inn Hunt Valley
Hampton Inn Hunt Valley
11200 York Rd.
Hunt Valley, MD 21031

Guest rooms at this suburban hotel are brightly decorated with basic furnishings. The property is within walking distance of a light-rail station for transportation to downtown Baltimore; the city is an easy 25-minute drive directly down I-83. Although there's no restaurant in the hotel, a free breakfast bar is available every morning, and many restaurants are nearby. A note to outdoor enthusiasts: This hotel is only a short drive from Loch Raven Reservoir. Pros:

near a light-rail station; budget-friendly.

Cons:

no hotel restaurant; long drive to downtown. www.hamptoninn.com. 125 rooms. In-hotel: gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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4 Inn at 2920
Inn at 2920
2920 Elliott St.
Baltimore, MD 21224

In the heart of one of the city's liveliest neighborhoods, this stylish B&B is dedicated to tranquil, luxurious living. Low-allergen surroundings (natural fiber carpeting, low-chemical cleaning products, purified air) and high-thread-count sheets are standard amenities, and each room has a Jacuzzi bathtub, satellite television with VCR, and CD player. Full-course breakfasts generally include fresh-fruit salad, omelets, and waffles or pancakes, but different dietary needs can be accommodated. Pros:

stylish and eco-friendly.

Cons:

not within walking distance of the Inner Harbor; limited availability. www.theinnat2920.com. 4 rooms. In-hotel: some age restrictions. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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5 Inn at the Colonnade
Inn at the Colonnade
4 W. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Directly across the street from Johns Hopkins and within walking distance of the Baltimore Museum of Art, this hotel is also 15 minutes north of downtown. Rooms are welcoming, with rich, warm furnishings, and there are extras such as a glass-dome swimming pool and whirlpool baths. Pros:

close to Johns Hopkins University.

Cons:

some rooms can feel run-down. www.doubletree.com. 125 rooms, 19 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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6 Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

The city's tallest hotel and the only one directly on the Inner Harbor itself, this upscale 31-story Marriott has a neoclassical interior that uses multihue marbles, rich jewel-tone walls, and photographs of Baltimore architectural landmarks. Although it's at the eastern end of the Inner Harbor, all downtown attractions are within walking distance; there's also a water-taxi stop right by the front door. Most rooms offer unobstructed views of the city and harbor; ask for one that faces west toward downtown for a splendid panorama of the waterfront and skyscrapers. Pros:

nice amenities; great location and view.

Cons:

pricey, compared to nearby hotels. www.marriotthotels.com/BWIWF. 751 rooms. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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7 Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys
Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys
5100 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210

Ten minutes north of downtown, this secluded hotel is a respite from city bustle. Rooms come with high-speed Internet access along with cheerful French country style. The health conscious will appreciate the wooded walking trails, tennis courts, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment. The hotel is adjacent to an outdoor mall with high-end boutique shopping, though in recent years many of the boutiques have closed or moved elsewhere. There's complimentary shuttle service to the Inner Harbor. Pros:

removed from the Inner Harbor's hustle.

Cons:

not much to do nearby. www.radisson.com. 147 rooms, 10 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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8 Fells Point Visitors Center
Fells Point Visitors Center
808 S. Ann St.
Baltimore, MD 21231

Be sure to take a neighborhood walking tour brochure from the gift shop. The tours depart from here on Friday evening and Saturday morning (April-October) and focus on topics such as ghosts, the War of 1812, maritime history, or slavery and Frederick Douglass's tenure in Fells Point. www.preservationsociety.com. Hours: Apr.-Nov. 25, Sun.-Thurs. 10-5, Fri. and Sat. 10-8; Nov. 26-Mar., Tues.-Sun. noon-4.

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9 Comfort Inn Downtown D.C
Comfort Inn Downtown D.C
1201 13th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

The recently renovated guest rooms here are clean, roomy and get a healthy dose of natural light. (Added bonus: the windows actually open.) Although the immediate area is mostly residential, a fair number of restaurants and clubs are a few blocks away, and there are a slew of takeout options that will deliver to the hotel. The Metro is about 15 minutes away on foot, and if you don't mind walking you can keep going for another 15 and hit the White House and the Mall. A deluxe Continental breakfast is served in the basement and includes eggs and waffles. Pros:

light-filled guest rooms; fresh cookies at check-in; pleasant staff.

Cons:

some reports of street noise at night; walk to Metro; no restaurants or stores in immediate area. www.choicehotels.com. 100 rooms. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: gym, laundry facilities, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: McPherson Sq.

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10 The District Hotel
The District Hotel
1440 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Housed in creaky 1920s apartment building, the District Hotel gives off something of a Europe-on-$25-a-day vibe. It's small, dark, rundown in places, sees its fair share of students, and doesn't have much in the way of amenities. Still it's a bargain for the neighborhood. For under a $100 a night you can be Downtown and in walking distance of two Metro stations, the While House, restaurants, a grocery store, and lots of nightlife. Other bonuses include new flat-screen TVs in the tiny double standard rooms, free Wi-Fi access, and a light breakfast set up near the front desk in the mornings. Pros:

cheap; good location; free Wi-Fi.

Cons:

shabby not chic; stairs to get into the building and then again into the lobby; little natural light. www.thedistricthotel.com. 58 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: McPherson Sq.

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11 Embassy Suites Washington, D.C
Embassy Suites Washington, D.C
1250 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

Plants cascade over balconies beneath a skylight in this modern hotel's atrium, which is filled with classical columns, plaster lions, wrought-iron lanterns, waterfalls, and tall palms. Within walking distance of Georgetown and Dupont Circle, the suites here are suitable for both business travelers and families. Beverages are complimentary at the nightly manager's reception, and the rate includes cooked-to-order breakfast. There's a kids' corner with movies and games, and the Italian restaurant, Trattoria Nicola's, serves lunch and dinner. Pros:

family-friendly; all suites; pool to keep the little ones—and sweaty tourists—happy.

Cons:

not a lot of character; museums not in walking distance. www.embassysuites.com. 318 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU or Dupont Circle.

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12 Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

A favorite for political events, fund-raising dinners, and networking meetings, this property is a solid choice if you're planning on spending a lot of time on the Hill. Expect to find the newly renovated lobby abuzz with groups getting ready to participate in the political process. The Hyatt often serves as home base for lobbying days, where organizations bring in busloads of people to meet with lawmakers. The hotel is within walking distance of Union Station, home to Amtrak, the Metro, shops, a food court, and restaurants. The recently expanded gift shop serves Starbucks coffee along with fresh pastries, bagels, and other treats. You can feel good about your carbon footprint when you sleep here. The hotel is one of the most environmentally friendly in the city, doing everything from pre-setting thermostats in guest rooms to utilizing earth-friendly cleaning products to monitoring its electrical use each day. The Old Town Trolley has a stop right in front of the hotel and goes to the city's top tourist destinations. Pros:

indoor pool; quick walk to Union Station; near the Capitol.

Cons:

busy; lots of groups; escalator in lobby. www.hyattregencywashington.com. 802 rooms, 32 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Union Station.

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13 Marriott Residence Inn Bethesda Downtown
Marriott Residence Inn Bethesda Downtown
7335 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

In the heart of downtown Bethesda, this all-suites hotel caters primarily to business travelers who stay for several nights. If you're looking for an affordable home away from home, this is a sensible option. The comfortably (though slightly blandly) furnished one- and two-bedroom suites come with fully equipped kitchens with a standard-size refrigerator and dishwasher, plates, and utensils. The many complimentary services include grocery shopping, a breakfast buffet, and evening cocktail and dessert receptions. Pros:

tons of restaurants within walking distance; rooftop pool; walk to Metro.

Cons:

far from monuments; chain-hotel feel. www.residenceinnbethesdahotel.com. 187 suites. In-room: kitchen, Internet. In-hotel: pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Bethesda.

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14 The Normandy
The Normandy
2118 Wyoming Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nestled on a residential street near Embassy Row, this quiet bed-and-breakfast-style hotel is walking distance to dozens of restaurants, shops, and bars without being on top of any of them. All of the cozy rooms were recently updated. Breakfast is served every morning in the pretty conservatory and in good weather can be enjoyed on the terrace. The staff bakes cookies each afternoon and hosts a weekly wine-and-cheese reception. In the summer guests can use the outdoor pool at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott. Pros:

quiet location; close to restaurants and shops; charming inn-like hotel.

Cons:

no fitness center or pool on-site; a bit of a walk to the Metro. www.doylecollection.com/normandy. 75 rooms. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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15 Congressional Cemetery
Congressional Cemetery
1801 E St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Established in 1807 "for all denomination of people," this cemetery is the final resting place for such notables as U.S. Capitol architect William Thornton, Marine Corps march composer John Philip Sousa, Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and many members of Congress. Air Force veteran and gay rights activist Leonard Matlovich is also buried here under a tombstone that reads "When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one." The cemetery is about a 20-minute walk from the Capitol. A brochure with a self-guided walking tour is available at the office and in a mailbox near the main gate. www.congressionalcemetery.org. Hours: Daily dawn-dusk; office weekdays 10-2, Sat. 10-1. Metro: Stadium Armory or Potomac Ave.

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16 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Washington, DC 20024

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Unveiled in 1997, this 7.5-acre memorial to the 32nd president includes waterfalls and reflecting pools, four outdoor gallery rooms—one for each of Roosevelt's presidential terms (1933 to 1945)—and 10 bronze sculptures. The granite megaliths connecting the galleries are engraved with some of Roosevelt's famous statements, including, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Highlights

Congress established the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission in 1955, and invited prospective designers to look to "the character and work of Roosevelt to give us the theme of a memorial." Several decades passed before Lawrence Halprin's design for a "walking environmental experience" was selected. It incorporates work by artists Leonard Baskin, Neil Estern, Robert Graham, Thomas Hardy, and George Segal, and master stone carver John Benson.

The statue of a wheelchair-bound Roosevelt near the entrance of the memorial was added in 2001. Originally, the memorial showed little evidence of Roosevelt's polio, which he contracted at age 39. He used a wheelchair for the last 24 years of his life, but kept his disability largely hidden from public view. The statue was added after years of debate about whether to portray Roosevelt realistically or to honor his desire not to display his disability.

A bronze statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt stands in front of the United Nations symbol in the fourth room. She was a vocal spokesperson for human rights and one of the most influential women of her time.

You're encouraged to touch the handprints and Braille along the columns in the second room, which represent the working hands of the American people.

TIPS

If you come with a toddler, head straight to the third room. Though youngsters can't sit on Roosevelt's lap, they can pet Fala, Roosevelt's Scottish terrier. The tips of Fala's ears and his nose shine from all the attention.

Allow about 30 minutes at this memorial. Take your time walking through the most expansive presidential memorial in Washington and read the lines from FDR's speeches.

This was the first memorial designed to be wheelchair accessible. Several pillars with Braille lettering and tactile images help the visually impaired.

This memorial presents good opportunities for family photographs. You can strike a pose while petting Fala, joining the men in the breadline, or listening to Roosevelt's fireside chat.

At night the lighting over the waterfalls creates interesting shadows, and there's not as much noise from airplanes overhead. www.nps.gov/fdrm. Admission: Free. Hours: 24 hrs; staffed daily 8 am-midnight. Metro: Smithsonian.

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17 Wingrove Manor Bed & Breakfast
Wingrove Manor Bed & Breakfast
635 Oak Hill Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

From the white wicker furniture on the spacious veranda to the twisting stairwell that leads from the entry room to the second-floor bedrooms, this Victorian mansion on a hill invites guests to unwind in a refined, elegant setting. Each of the three ample guest rooms includes an electric fireplace, television, and DVD player, and two feature majestic canopy beds and jetted bathtubs. The home is furnished with a mixture of antiques and period reproductions. Owners Candy and Ken Winton pride themselves on decadent breakfasts—try the French-toast baked casserole topped with pralines. Pros

: amazing breakfasts.

Cons

: not within walking distance of most attractions. www.wingrovemanor.com. 3 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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18 C&O Canal National Historical Park
C&O Canal National Historical Park
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.

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19 Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd.
Thurmont, MD

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, 6 mi from the park, holds more than 350 animals on 30 acres. The zoo is easily navigable by children, and the tall trees and winding paths make for comfortable walking. Exotic animals here include tigers, macaws, monkeys, and boas. A petting zoo allows children to mingle with goats and other small animals. Throughout summer there are interactive shows, when children can touch snakes, talk to tigers, and learn about grizzlies. www.cwpzoo.com. Admission: $14.95. Hours: Mar., weekends 10-4; Apr. and Oct., daily 10-5; early to late May and early to late Sept., daily 9-5; Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9-6.

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20 Frederick Visitor Center
Frederick Visitor Center
19 E. Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701

In the heart of the historic district and a short walk from restaurants, shops, and museums, the center offers maps and brochures for attractions throughout western Maryland. Guided 90-minute walking tours leave at 1:30 pm on weekends from May through October. www.fredericktourism.org. Admission: Tour $7. Hours: Daily 9-5.

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21 George Washington's Headquarters
George Washington's Headquarters
Washington and Greene Sts.
Cumberland, MD 21502

In a log cabin about the size of a ice-cream stand, the father of the country mapped out strategies during the French and Indian War (1754-63). George Washington's Headquarters, the only remaining structure from Fort Cumberland, was used by the future president when he was an aide to General Braddock. The 250-year-old cabin contains a simple bed, desk, and fireplace, which can be viewed from outside through large windows. A walking tour that continues along the canal begins here. Admission: Free. Hours: By appoiuntment.

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22 Country Inn & Suites
Country Inn & Suites
2600 Housely Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21401

True to its name, a cozy, country mood, as well as the gentle aroma of potpourri, permeates this suburban hotel. Rooms all have standard chain-hotel decor, but a large fireplace, wooden floors, and overstuffed sofas make the lobby an inviting place to linger. Exterior windows, trimmed with shutters and latticework, look out at a wooded area or a shopping plaza. Within walking distance of Annapolis's largest mall, the hotel also has a free shuttle that can take you to the historic district and to business parks. Four rooms have whirlpool tubs and two have fireplaces. Pros:

continental breakfast included; reliable and inexpensive option.

Cons:

4 mi from the dock. www.countryinns.com. 100 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, gym, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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23 HistoryQuest
HistoryQuest
77 Main St.
Annapolis, MD

In a redbrick building at the base of Main Street, the store occupies the site of a warehouse that held supplies for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Today it's filled with maps, Maryland history books, ceramics, and nautical knickknacks. You can rent taped narrations here for 90-minute walking tours and also buy Historic Trolley Tickets. Run by the Historic Annapolis Foundation, HistoryQuest is the source for many of the historic venues, tours, and events in town. www.annapolis.org. Admission: Free. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10-8, Fri. and Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-7; fewer hrs in winter.

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24 Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
10115 Mackall Rd.
St. Leonard, MD

Behind 2.5 mi of scenic Patuxent riverfront stretch 544 acres of woods and farmland. The 70-odd archaeological sites have yielded evidence of 9,000 years of human habitation—from prehistory on through to Colonial times. At the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum you can follow an archaeology trail to inspect artifacts of the successive hunter-gatherer, early agricultural, and plantation societies that once roamed and settled this land. Displays include primitive knives and axes, fragments of Native American pottery, and Colonial glassware. Stroll along the nature trails to take a look at wildlife, antique agricultural equipment, and fields of crops. The park is 2 mi south of Port Republic. www.jefpat.org. Admission: Free. Hours: Mid-Apr.-mid-Oct., Wed.-Sun. 10-5.

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25 Thomas Stone National Historic Site
Thomas Stone National Historic Site
6655 Rose Hill Rd.
Port Tobacco, MD

Thomas Stone National Historic Site, built in the 1770s, was the Charles County home of Thomas Stone, one of four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence. It has been painstakingly rebuilt after a devastating fire left it a shell in the late 1970s. The restoration re-created the distinctive five-part Georgian house inside and out. The two-story main plantation house is linked to the two wings and adjoining hallways in an arc rather than a straight line. All the rooms have exquisite details, such as built-in cabinets, elaborate moldings, a table set in fine china, gilded mirrors, and a harpsichord. The house and family grave site are just a short stroll from the parking lot and visitor center, where you can examine a model of the house or watch a video about Stone. This is one of the least-visited National Park Service sites, but is in a lovely rural setting. www.nps.gov/thst. Admission: Free. Hours: Mid-June-Aug. daily 9-5; Sept.-mid-June, Wed.-Sun. 9-5.

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26 Best Western Old Colony Inn
Best Western Old Colony Inn
1101 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Just north of Old Town in a peaceful location within walking distance of most local attractions, this redbrick two-story hotel offers free shuttle service to the Braddock Road Metrorail stop, Old Town, and Washington Reagan National Airport. Rooms have Federal-style cherry furnishings with a work desk, upholstered lounge chair, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, and coffeemaker. Pros:

rates include a full continental breakfast, free local calls, and a newspaper; good location.

Cons:

rooms are a bit drab, with quilted floral bedspreads; rollaway beds cost $10 a day. www.bestwestern.com. 49 rooms. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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27 Middleburg Country Inn
Middleburg Country Inn
209 E. Washington St.
Middleburg, VA 20117

This three-story structure, built in 1820 and enlarged thereafter, was the rectory of St. John's Parish Emmanuel Episcopal Church until 1907. Its medium-size rooms are furnished with antiques and period reproductions. Unusual for a small inn, each guest room has its own phone and free wireless Internet. A full country breakfast includes your choice of three entrées, and, when weather permits, you can eat your meal alfresco. The inn is within walking distance of the historic downtown. Pros:

historic inn with free Internet; rooms include film library and complimentary ice cream.

Cons:

there's a $70 surcharge if you book a room for Saturday night only; cancellations must be made 10 days in advance of stay to avoid one-night's lodging charge. www.middleburgcountryinn.com. 5 rooms, 3 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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28 Manassas National Battlefield Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
6511 Sudley Rd.
Manassas, VA 20109

The Confederacy won two important victories—in July 1861 and August 1862—at Manassas National Battlefield Park, or Bull Run. General Thomas Jonathan Jackson earned his nickname Stonewall here, when he and his brigade "stood like a stone wall." When the second battle ended, the Confederacy was at the zenith of its power. Originally farmland, the battlefield bore witness to casualties of nearly 30,000 troops. The Stone House, used as an aid station during the war, still stands. President Taft led a peaceful reunion of thousands of veterans here in 1911—50 years after the first battle. The "Peace Jubilee" continues to be celebrated at the Manassas courthouse every summer. A self-guided walking or driving tour of the park begins at the visitor center, whose exhibits and audiovisual presentations greatly enhance a visit. Bull Run is a 26-mi drive from Washington; from Arlington and Fairfax take I-66 west (use I-495 to get to I-66 from Alexandria) to Exit 47B (Sudley Road/Route 234 North). Don't be fooled by the earlier Manassas exit for Route 28. The visitor center is ½-mi north on the right. www.nps.gov/mana. Admission: $3 for 3 days. Hours: Park daily dawn-dusk, visitor center daily 8:30-5.

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29 Ramsay House
Ramsay House
221 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

The best place to start a tour of Alexandria's Old Town is at the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association,

in Ramsay House, the home of the town's first postmaster and lord mayor, William Ramsay. The structure is the site of the first house in Alexandria. The unusually helpful staff hands out brochures, maps for self-guided walking tours, and 24-hour permits for free parking at any two-hour metered spot. www.funside.com. Admission: Guided tours $10-$15. Hours: Daily 9-5; tours Mon.-Sat. 10:30 and 11:30, Sun. 10:30 and 2.

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30 Waterford Foundation
Waterford Foundation
40183 Main St.
Waterford, VA 20197

Visit the Waterford Foundation to pick up booklets for your self-guided walking tour of the town. www.waterfordva.org. Hours: Weekdays 9-5).

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31 American Inn of Bethesda
American Inn of Bethesda
8130 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

At the north end of downtown Bethesda, the American Inn breaks no new fashion frontiers for motel decor, but the rooms are clean, generally bright, and affordable. The hotel houses Guapo's restaurant, serving moderately priced Tex-Mex fare. Use of the business center—including Internet access—is free. The hotel also provides a free shuttle to the National Institutes of Health and the Naval Hospital. Pros:

many other restaurants and nightclubs are within walking distance; the Bethesda Metro is a 10-minute walk away.

Cons:

service is sometimes slow and unhelpful; not a tranquil setting. www.american-inn.com. 75 rooms, 1 suite. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, laundry facilities, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Bethesda.

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32 Embassy Suites
Embassy Suites
4300 Military Rd.
Washington, DC 20015

Shopping and sightseeing couldn't be more convenient at this all-suites hotel, which adjoins the upscale Chevy Chase Pavilion and is an elevator ride up from the Friendship Heights Metro station. Each suite includes a bedroom and separate living room with a sleeper sofa, kitchen space, and a table suitable for dining and working. The fitness center has more than 20 exercise stations and a personal trainer for a fee. A dozen restaurants and no fewer than three large shopping malls are within walking distance. Pros:

complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails in the sun-filled atrium; great location adjacent to shopping and Metro.

Cons:

although rooms come outfitted with noise-strip sealers and triple-pane windows, that won't always be enough to keep out streets sounds from busy Wisconsin below; street parking is scarce, and the garage is available only for a fee. www.embassysuites.com. 198 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Friendship Heights.

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33 General Sutter Inn
General Sutter Inn
14 E. Main St.
Lititz, PA 17543

Built in 1764, this is the oldest continuously run inn in Pennsylvania. It was named after the man who founded Sacramento in 1839, only to lose his home during the frenzy of the gold rush. He retired in Lititz while seeking to be reimbursed by Washington. The inn is on the main square of Lititz, within easy walking distance of the historic district. The 1764 Restaurant ($$-$$$) offers fine dining with an artistic flourish; favorite selections include crab cakes, rack of lamb, and Pennsylvania trout. In warm weather the brick patio is a favorite dining spot. Pros:

great on-site dining options; central location; accommodating staff.

Cons:

some rooms need updating; climate control issues; no elevator. www.generalsutterinn.com. 12 rooms, 3 suites. In-hotel: restaurants, bar. Credit cards accepted.

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34 Limestone Inn Bed and Breakfast
Limestone Inn Bed and Breakfast
33 E. Main St.
Strasburg, PA 17579

Richard and Denise Waller are the gracious hosts at this 1786 Georgian-style home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The formal living room, library, and sitting room with a fireplace are nice places to relax, as is the fishpond in the small garden. The guest rooms feature Amish quilts and four-poster beds; each has a private bath, and some have old-fashioned claw-foot tubs. The hearty breakfast might include cinnamon-raisin French toast, eggs with country sausage, or creamed chipped beef with Parmesan cheese. The B&B is in the center of the village, within walking distance of many attractions. Pros:

Old World charm; fireplaces and stoves in rooms; home-style breakfasts.

Cons:

some guest rooms on small side; lack of privacy. www.thelimestoneinn.com. 6 rooms. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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35 Swiss Woods
Swiss Woods
500 Blantz Rd.
Lititz, PA 17543

Innkeepers Werner and Debrah Mosimann designed this chalet while they were still living in Switzerland. They planted it on 30 acres, creating an open and airy, European-style B&B with light pine furnishings, contemporary country decor, and goose-down comforters in bold checks and patterns. Nestled on the edge of the woods overlooking Speedwell Forge Lake, the chalet is surrounded by extensive flower gardens. Each room has its own patio or balcony. The full country breakfast is a highlight and features a changing rotation of dishes like vegetable quiche and blueberry-orange French toast. Pros:

delicious breakfast; picture-perfect setting; great hospitality.

Cons:

small guest rooms; no restaurants within walking distance. www.swisswoods.com. 6 rooms, 1 suite. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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36 Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325

In 2008 the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center moved to a $103 million facility, which makes for an excellent starting point to understand the events leading up to the battle, its significance to the Civil War, and its impact on the town. The center includes a dozen interactive galleries, which feature a compelling mix of artifacts such as a wooden desk believed to have been used by General Robert E. Lee, paired with the latest in interactive video and audio displays. Each section takes its name from a phrase used in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It is also home to the 377-foot "Battle of Gettysburg" cyclorama painting

from 1884, which has been completely restored including a 3-D foreground. The painting, a must-see in its colorful, life-like depiction of Pickett's Charge, along with a documentary film, "A New Birth of Freedom," are packaged together as a 45-minute ticketed experience. There is a restaurant and a bookstore on site. The Park Service also provides a free map with an 18-mi driving tour through the battlefield, walking-tour guides, and schedules of free ranger-conducted programs which range from walks and talks about the battle to the aftermath and the Civil War experience. Private, licensed guides may also be hired at the center. Value package information and online purchase specials are available on the Web site. www.gettysburgfoundation.org. Admission: Free for visitor information; $10.50 for museum, film, cyclorama; $6 for museum only; $55 for two-hour guided auto tour for one to six people. Hours: Apr.-May, Sept.-Oct., daily 8-6; June-Aug., daily 8-7; Nov.-Mar., daily 8-5.

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37 Historic Lancaster Walking Tour
Historic Lancaster Walking Tour
100 S. Queen St.
Lancaster, PA 17603

The Historic Lancaster Walking Tour is a 90-minute stroll through the heart of this old city by costumed guides who impart anecdotes about notable points of interest. There are also theme tours. Tours of the six-square-block area depart from the downtown visitor center. Admission: $7. Hours: Apr.-Oct., Tues., Fri., and Sat. at 10 and 1, Sun., Mon., Wed., and Thurs. at 1; Nov.-Mar., by reservation.

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38 Indian Echo Caverns
Indian Echo Caverns
368 Middletown Rd.
Hummelstown, PA 17036

One of the largest caves in the northeastern United States has a 45-minute guided walking tour of its underground wonderland. The temperature is always around 52°F, so bring a sweater; strollers are not allowed. The children can enjoy panning for gold at Gem Mill Junction. There's the Expressions gift shop with gemstones and souvenirs, and a picnic area. The caverns are about 3 mi west of Hershey. www.indianechocaverns.com. Admission: $13. Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9-6; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 10-4.

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