Labor Day Getaways

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Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is a treasure trove. The perfect destination for history lovers, Washington, D.C. also offers great nature experiences, and is just two and half hours from the Main Line. No visit to D.C. is complete without a stop at the National Mall and the many top-notch museums. Discover the 45.5 carat Hope Diamond, dinosaurs and many species at the National Museum of Natural History. Visitors can also get a look at America’s national parks in IMAX, celebrating 100 years. Those looking to the skies can explore the history of aviation and space travel at the National Air and Space Museum, home to the original Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 command module. Other Smithsonian highlights include the National Zoo, the National Museum of the American Indian, the American History Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

While there, take in famous political sites, including Capital Hill, the Library of Congress and the White House. The capital also contains plenty of impressive monuments, which are always impressive, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and the Jefferson Memorial.

Those looking to get outside of the city while still exploring history can visit Manassas National Battlefield Park, about an hour drive west. The park served as a key location in two battles in the Civil War. George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, also lies outside the city. His stately home is available for tours and offers insight on the country’s first leader.

Those who’d rather forego the car can get out in nature at Rock Creek Park, which covers 1,800 acres. A favorite among locals, the park offers hiking and biking trails, horseback riding, tennis, golf and even boating.

While there, call the Hay-Adams Hotel home. With impressive architecture to match its equally impressive location, it’s perfect for those set on exploring the highlights. The luxury hotel offers plush accommodations, but most importantly, a panoramic view of the White House and surrounds for a truly unforgettable weekend escape. 

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