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A doable trip?

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A doable trip?

If I have a full week, is a visit to Gettysburg, Antietam, Harper's Ferry, Baltimore and Annapolis a doable trip?

If so, what are the recommended days in each place?

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1. Re: A doable trip?

It really depends on a variety of factors:

Where you stay (do you plan on camping out at one satellite location and then go from there or do you want to stay in a variety of places?) This of course affects travel time - a huge consideration since rush hours can be brutal.

Do you prefer quantity over quality?

Do you tend to spend a great time at an attraction or is doing a quick overview satisfactory?

For non-battlefield locations what do you prefer to do...visit museums and historical homes and sites, go on self guide tours, shop, eat at local restaurants, enjoy boat rides, tubing??? Sure it's a doable trip, but will you truly enjoy your experience?

Antietam and Harper's Ferry are very close to each other so it is feasible to do this in one day again depending on how much time you like to devote to reading historical information, and seeing important sites. We did Antietam in a couple hours but it was wicked hot and we didn't want to spend much time out of the car. Harper's Ferry you could do in a long afternoon too, unless you want to participate in any local water activities like rafting or tubing.

I think Gettysburg would be an all day affair as would Baltimore and Annapolis. A tough question to tackle though, when details are few.

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2. Re: A doable trip?

distance wise, it is not a problem. and you aren't losing that much time traveling from place to place. In fact, you could stay in Frederick and be close to Antietam, HF and GB and spend a day at each. Then 2 days in Baltimore and Annapolis. you could spend more in each but not "necessary". Advantage to staying in Frederick is very good restaurants and cute downtown area.

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3. Re: A doable trip?

We are planning this for late October, so water activities are not a factor.

I think we would probably stay in 2-3 places over the course of the week.

We tend to stay longer at attractions. Love to learn the history and culture of an area. Love historical sites and self-guided tours.

Sounds like 3-4 days for GB, HF, Antietam. 2-3 days Baltimore and Annapolis? Anything I should make sure we see?

So far planning on the Naval Academy tour. Inner Harbor, Gettysburg Battlefield Tour

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4. Re: A doable trip?

Lots of posts on to see. If there is a particular interest let us know. If you aren't sick of all the historical stuff then fort McHenry would be a must see .

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5. Re: A doable trip?

Lots of posts on to see. If there is a particular interest let us know. If you aren't sick of all the historical stuff then fort McHenry would be a must see .

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6. Re: A doable trip?

OK that sounds reasonable and very doable. By the way, late October in these parts can be absolutely beautiful. If we don't have a drought before Fall, you are prone to see brilliant colored leaves still on the trees especially locations near the water.

In Baltimore, Fort McHenry is definitely a must see. I believe water taxis may still be running during that time, If they are you can use them to get to various waterfront locales and get a harbor view to boot. "Inner Harbor" is the touristy section, but there are still some interesting sites here including the aquarium, Science Center, USS Constellation, Maritime museum and of course shops and restaurants. Fells Point is the oldest neighborhood in Baltimore and is seeped with seaport history. It is also a fun place to stroll the cobblestone streets and enjoy the eateries, shoppes and restaurants.

Little Italy is not far from the harbor and is a great place to get some authentic, delicious food. Mt. Vernon, another neighborhood is located away from the harbor, and is centered around this city's version of the Washington monument. There are many graceful historical homes, and there is also the Walters Art Museum.

Besides the Naval Academy in Annapolis, there are many other historical sites. The historic district has more than 1,500 restored and preserved buildings. More than several of the homes on tour were owned and lived in by the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Don't miss the State House. Loads of information and history. There are several boat tour companies that will still be running if the weather cooperates. Annapolis is the kind of town where if a day in December hits 65 degrees, the town comes alive with outside dining and activities. www.visitannapolis.org is a great web site. Be sure to go to the visitor's center that hosts this site to pick up self guided tour maps and other pertinent brochures and information on attractions, food, hotels, tours, parks and restaurants. They are located on Church Circle.

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