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Gettysburg wedding/Washington DC/& Cape May or Outer Banks

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Gettysburg wedding/Washington DC/& Cape May or Outer Banks

We'll be 2-3 nights in Gettysburg for family wedding (Aug 9 weekend).

Plan to add 2-3 nights in Washington DC and

then are thinking of Cape May or the Outer Banks. Never been to either.

At the moment planning on flying roundtrip DCA.

I realize we are really late planning Outer Banks for August but will avoid weekends.

Could probably take 5 nights or so for the coastal part.

Suggestions for route and itinerary for that part?

We've already been to St Michael's and Annapolis or would consider those spots for this trip.

Thank you!

Btw - we are not "sitting on the beach" types. We like to drive and see things til mid-afternoon and then settle hotel for cocktails and walk to dinner.

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1. Re: Gettysburg wedding/Washington DC/& Cape May or Outer Banks

Hi

We did a circular road trip covering much of the areas you mention, but we had a full 2 weeks, not counting time in DC, and as our trip was early April, we had no issues with finding lodging anywhere. In fact we found the opposite with many places pretty quiet, and several attractions still closed.

If you are short of time, then Cape May and the Delmarva Peninsula area might fit better. It's quite a drive from Gettysburg down to say Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks, whether you route around DC or take the far more attractive drive and cross the spectacular Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

If you add DC at the start or end of the trip, you won't need a rental car so can save a few bucks, and you can get directly from DCA airport to the middle of DC on the local metrorail system.

If you've visited Annapolis and St Michaels, skip them for other equally charming small towns on your route, such as Chestertown, Havre de Grace (for the decoy museum!) and Lewes, but there are many more.

Finally, of course, while in Gettysburg, visiting the Battle Field site and touring that historic area, plus a visit to the visitor center for the cyclorama are 'must sees' to me, and it's well done, even for those who only have little interest in history.

SWT

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2. Re: Gettysburg wedding/Washington DC/& Cape May or Outer Banks

Thank you SWT. How much time do you suggest we allow for Gettysburg. We'll have to fit that in around the wedding festivities.

I think we are going to try to make the Outer Banks work. Couple of questions:

1) We can leave Gettysburg on August Sunday at 1pm -ish to head south. Drive 2-3 hours. Good stop for overnight?

2) Then have maybe 4 nights in Outer Banks and plan to drive back up north toward Washington DC on Friday. Suggestions for 4 nights? 2 nights in one spot and 2 in another?

3) need a hotel that Friday night somewhere between Outer Banks and convenient to then fly out of Washington DC on Saturday afternoon.

Thank you!

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I'd guess somewhere like Charlottesville would be around 3 hours drive from Gettysburg. It's not in a direct straight line, but not too far off. It's a lovely town. The next morning, before heading on to OBX, you could try and squeeze a quick visit to Monticello in, or at least check out the pedestriam mall in the center and the UVA area.

I have no idea what demand will be like for the OBX towns. We stopped for just one night in a modest chain motel, which was basic but we only wanted a bed. We enjoyed our tour of the whole area on the days either side of our night stop - make sure you make it all the way down to Cape Hatteras and check out the lighthouses. If you want 2 places to stop, consider towns between Duck and Kill Devil Hills for one stop, and between Rodanthe and Avon for the other stop. In high season, I'd guess that the only highway up and down could be quite busy, we hardly found another car or another soul when we explored the dunes in the wildlife reserves.

The obvious midway point on the way back to DC would be Richmond, however, I'd suggest considering a smaller town, perhaps Fredericksburg or around there. Depending on your homeward flight time, you could make it all the way back in one stretch with an early start, as being a beach area, I don't there'd be too much early traffic to worry about and once back off the islands, it should be a fast divided highway leading to the interstate. You might need to check that with a local destination forum.

For high season lodging info, you should also ask on the destination forums, and check out the TA reviews.

SWT

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For your gettysburg to OBX drive.....the mid point on this is Richmond area.

for 4 nights---just pick one spot and see what you can find. A lot will be booked.

The OBX are mainly B&B and smaller hotels and home rentals. Virginia Beach has the high rise hotels along the beach..

Similar with Delaware and Ocean City, MD. Ocean City has the high rises and Delaware has B&B small hotels, rentals and its a bunch of towns.

In August you start getting into the peak of Hurricane season. If this happens you will have to improvise and switch to New Jersey beach towns instead.

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5. Re: Gettysburg wedding/Washington DC/& Cape May or Outer Banks

Another vote for OBX. We stayed 4 days at Best Western in Kill Devil Hills Ocean Reef suites. Right at the beach and rooms have full kitchens.

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