Families, history buffs and political aficionados love to fly into Washington, D.C. to tour the city. But there also is plenty to do outside of the district, too. While hot summer days force many tourists inside, consider heading to the nearby beaches instead. Rent a car from Alamo, and start driving east where the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are waiting for you!
It’s easy to tack on a weekend getaway when visiting the nation’s capital; you just need to know where to go. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite beach destinations along the mid-Atlantic coast so you can decide which one is right for you.
North Beach, Maryland
If you want to cool off in the sand without driving to the coast, head to North Beach. The town’s sandy beach is located on the Chesapeake Bay, with a boardwalk that is perfect for letting the kids run out some energy. If you need a few snacks, pick up coffee and some sugary treats at Sweet Sue’s Bake Shop and Coffee Bar. Spend the night just south of North Beach at the Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, so you can enjoy all the area has to offer. The town of North Beach hosts fireworks, movie nights, a farmers market, art festivals and live concerts to entertain you when you aren’t dipping your toes in the water or making sand castles.
If you are looking to get on the water, not just in it, there are plenty of fishing boat companies offering day excursions, as well as The Sailing Academy, which offerings classes and workshops for sailing enthusiasts no matter your skill level.