Straddled between the vibrancy of the North and the low country of the South, D.C.’s location makes it easy to take road trips and explore nearby destinations. There’s never been a better time for travelers to explore hidden gems right within their own backyard, as many want to get away but are still concerned with the safety of traveling via plane, train or other modes of public transportation.

From the lush Virginia countryside to relaxing vibes along the Chesapeake Bay, there’s something for everyone near the District — whether you’re looking to get away with family, a significant other, or a group of (COVID-free) friends.

Here are a few easy weekend getaways near D.C., all within 3 hours of driving distance or less.

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