The mid-Atlantic region of the United States encompasses beautiful drives along the coast and through hills that will connect you to the nation’s history in many memorable ways. No matter the season, the mid-Atlantic, specifically in and around Washington, D.C., has much more than museums to offer visitors. Venture outside the capital city, rent a car and discover amazing destinations within a three-hour drive.
Ocean City, Maryland
- From Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport: 150 minutes
- From Philadelphia International Airport: 150 minutes
- From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport: 160 minutes
You can hit the beach year-round in Ocean City, Maryland. The island town is dotted with quaint, turn-of-the-century homes, many of which have been converted into bed-and-breakfasts. The colorful 3-mile-long boardwalk is lined with shops, snacks and, of course, plenty of Maryland’s lively paper-tablecloth crab shacks like Crab Alley that will leave you with Old Bay spice under your fingernails and a buttery smile on your face.
A winter visit to Ocean City offers another advantage for drivers: free parking. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as you walk around during the Winterfest of Lights, which takes November through January. In the summer, participate in the Family Beach Olympics on Tuesdays, enjoy free concerts on the beach on Wednesdays and don’t forget about Sundaes in the Park on, you guessed it, Sundays at Northside Park.