31 Epic Day Trips from Washington, DC (By a Former Local)

Are you looking to break away from the Capital City for a day and explore some of the amazing sights nearby? Here are the top day trips from Washington, DC.

In this story, I’m highlighting the very best places to visit outside Washington, DC, for an unforgettable and epic day trip.

Spots of interest along the towpath include the Maryland side of Great Falls, Antietam National Battlefield (see below), and Glen Echo Park.

Explore the Chesapeake and Ohio (C and O) Canal

Just a short drive from Washington, DC, Arlington, Virginia, is a good destination for a day trip. It is best known as the home of Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington, Virginia

The Mount Vernon Estate includes Washington’s Mansion, which is a National Historic Landmark, as well as several outbuildings, gardens, and walks.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

There are three overlooks for beautiful views of the Falls on the Potomac River all within a reasonable walk of the Visitor Center.

Great Falls Park

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