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Baltimore is all about the Harbor, but be prepared...there have been a few incidences of violence down there lately. You would probably be alright during the day, but I would prefer Annapolis at night over Baltimore any day of the week. Then you could shoot over the Bay Bridge and take the back way to Philly through the Eastern Shore. I love that drive, quiet and peaceful.
If you're starting off in Dulles, does that leave time for DC?
Annapolis is one of my favorite places, but Olde Towne Alexandria and the National Harbor could be a nice 2 day one night stop. I would stay at the National Harbor and head over for lunch or dinner in Olde Towne.
Growing up in Southeast Virginia meant that learning local history was a given. I've lost track of how many times I've been to the Cape Henry Cross, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Jamestown, DC, Mount Vernon, Monticello, and everything else surrounding these landmarks. Living in the Philadelphia area opened up additional opportunties to visit many more places and landmarks of historical importance.
I've been to a number of battlefields of both the revolutionary and civil wars. One of my hobbies is metal detecting (hope to get back to doing this on occasion when the health improves) and various trips to certains locations has brought forth a number of bullets, belt buckles, buttons, etc. If any of these relics could talk, the stories would be simple in most cases, but fascinating to us.
The one place that has eluded me is Gettysburg. Heck, I've been to Shiloh and that is so much further away. It was an awesome trip though. Gettysburg is still on the to do list and the sooner, the better.
When you decide to visit the Philadelphia area, let me know. That goes for everyone.
1) G-Burgh is a full day trip...if not more. Rec you find a good book or historiography and read up before visiting....the knowledge will enhance the impact many times over. take in the Eternal Light Peace Memorial (more because of who else has been there) as well as the usual spots (e.g., Seminary Ridge, Soldiers National Cemetery, etc.)
2) If a theme vacation...visit National Cemetery and Robert E. Lee's home while in DC....Ford's Theatre as well.
3) I have friends who live in Philly and can get the drop on where to go if you change your mind.
Had a fantastic couple of days. Saw the Baltimore Harbor with the tall ships and the Blue Angels flying overhead. Spent a day in Gettysburg. What an amazingly reflective experience. War is hell and especially when fought among each other from the same country. Horrible!! I appreciate the suggestions. D.C. was great as well.