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Between Washington DC and New York

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Between Washington DC and New York

We will be spending 5 days in Washington and 5 in NYC in late April/early June. We have 3-4 days clear in between. Where should we go? Happy to hire a car if we have to, though we were originally intending to take the Amtrak up to NYC. Would prefer not to drive in NYC itself...! Virginia?

We love the look of Newport and the large houses but that would of course take us N of NY. WE saw Boston and Cape Cod last year.

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Baltimore, Maryland; Wilmington, Delaware; and most obviously, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are all on the Amtrak route and all have things to do and places to see.

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Malvernman, we are also Brits and are visiting Washington in May. We plan on 4 nights Washington, then renting a car and spending 2 nights in Baltimore, then via Annapolis to 5 nights in a cute little cottage in St Michaels, Maryland for a little R&R before driving back to Washington to catch the Amtrak to NY then on to Niagara.

After 3 nights in Niagara, ONT (Canadian side) we will then taxi back to Buffalo where we get a JetBlue flight back to JFK for our flight home.

Done a LOT of research on this (and every trip we do!) do please feel free to ask if you want any more info.

By the way, Darrell is a HUGE mine of information...very knowledgeable, he's helped me immensely!

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Some ideas are, would be maybe Baltimore (good food, museums, and a huge Aquarium), definitely Philadelphia (grand looking, historic city), and maybe Princeton (on the rail line, no car needed, like Oxford but more resort-like). I'd not go to Wilmington, DE, except on a weekday afternoon, and even then, it's nothing special.

With the car, I'd visit, as others said, Annapolis and St. Michaels, MD, then go back to DC to not pay a drop-off fee on the car.

Or you could drive to the Amish country centered on Lancaster, PA. Between Baltimore and Philadelphia, it's an extra 50 miles of driving total to go up 83, east on 30 to Lancaster, then east again on 30 to the highways leading to Philadelphia.

If you want to see big casinos, you could go to Atlantic City, and see nice beaches in Margate, Ocean City or Wildwood, NJ, or Cape May, NJ. There are buses from DC or Philadelphia to Atlantic City that charge a small amount, then give you that back in quarters so you are tempted to spend it at a casino. Then you could take a different bus up to NYC or Philadelphia.

Around Washington, you could visit Civil War battlefields about 30-50 miles out in Virginia.

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If your sole purpose for driving back to Washington from St. Michaels is to return the car and take the train to New York, consider this--it is a 2+ hour drive from St. Michaels to Washington, just to catch a train that is at least $49 per passenger for a 3.5-hour train trip.

Unless the one-way rental dropoff fees are outrageous, it's a lot of backtracking, extra time and added expense to backtrack to Washington. St. Michaels to New York directly is a four-hour drive.

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The actual city limits of WIlmington may not be all that interesting, but the nearby attractions are enough for several days. Notably Winterthur and Longwood Gardens, http://www.visitwilmingtonde.com/



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6. Re: Between Washington DC and New York

What do you want to see?

If you like getting off the beaten path?

Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Gettysburg,

New Hope, PA, (nice restaurants, great crafts, scenic views along the Delaware) Doylestown, PA (http://mercermuseum.org/ or http://www.michenermuseum.org/ )

It's early in the season but Cape May, NJ has wonderful architecture and a great hotel, Congress Hall.

Lots of options, pick a couple and come back for the rest.

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