Driving on I-95 is probably the most direct route by car. It is just a short 140 miles. However, I-95 is also a toll road. For the first few miles out of Philly one will follow along the Delaware River. Crossing the Delaware state line, one can exit onto I-495 and stay along the river. A nice place to stop on this route is the Fox Point State Park featuring paved trails, picnic areas, playgrounds and river views. I-495 will converge with I-95 again on the other side of Wilmington.
If one stays on I-95 Bellevue State Park is a great place to stretch your legs. Set on the grounds of an historic estate, this park features tennis courts, walking trails, picnic grounds and even fishing.
Crossing into Maryland one will continue on I-95, also known as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, winding through some beautiful countryside. The highway will cross over the Susquehanna River. The nearby Susquehanna State Park offers spectacular hiking trails, fishing, boating, camping and other outdoor activities.
Entering into Baltimore one has the opportunity to stay on I-95 and travel through the city center or take I-695 south and go around the main portion of the city. The route through the city will bring one near several attractions that may be worth taking in on one’s road trip to DC. Places such as Fort McHenry, the National Aquarium, Top of the World Observation Deck, and many other historic and adventuresome attractions. I-695 will meet up again with I-95 at Exit 11B.
I-95 will come to a T at I-495 which circles Washington, DC. Hwy. 29 through Silver Spring or Hwy. 1 through College Park are both good roads to take into the city.
Washington boasts just about any kind of restaurants one could think of. There are family friendly options, late night venues, brunches, bistros, gluten free menus, steakhouses, and seafood, just to name a few. One will be surprised by the range of restaurants from budget conscious to high-end, luxury restaurants.
The capital city offers lodging with a wide range of amenities. From budget hotels and hostels to upscale luxury hotels and quaint bed and breakfast establishments, one can find just the right lodging to meet their needs. Photo: finkandreas/Fotolia
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