A three-part series celebrating our favorite U.S. road trips. Next up? Washington, D.C.
The second stop along our spring road trip series is the nation’s capitol. Cherry blossom season may have peaked, but there’s plenty to see and do over Memorial Day weekend. Here’s two drives—one shorter and one to put the pedal to the metal—that will certainly get you revved. Our choice of a stylish speedster? The Ferrari 488 Spider convertible. You can thank us later.
Drive Time: 32 miles from D.C.—less than an hour’s drive, with memorable stops along the way.
STAY: Hotel Annapolis has its pulse on the city, with a prime locale near the waterfront. Contemporary suites with separate living rooms overlook the bustling West Street, while Baroak restaurant serves Maryland inspired seafood and artisan sips.
EAT: Bivalves and bubbles are a must at McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar, a downtown hot spot since 1975. And if looking for town’s top brunch, this is your jam. Order the Heuvos Rancheros and a Bloody Mary before strolling the Naval Academy. If lobster is your calling card, hit Pusser’s Caribbean Grille. Located on the Annapolis Harbor, boat- and people-watching are the only demands of the day.
NOT TO MISS: No visit to Annapolis is complete without a visit to the aforementioned Naval Academy. Walk the lush grounds and discover what it’s like to train for a life at sea. Additionally, the Annapolis Maritime Museum celebrates and showcases the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.
DUCK, NORTH CAROLINA
Drive Time: 275 miles from downtown D.C.—a 5-hour drive for the weekend warrior.
STAY: Located on the Outer Banks, the oceanfront Sanderling Resort is an idyllic Memorial Day weekend escape, with two pools, tennis courts, a buzzworthy spa, and inspired cuisine. Recently renovated rooms include five large vacation homes (3 to 6 bedrooms) and romantic oceanfront suites for couples. Kimball’s Kitchen frames views of Currituck Sound, while the Sandbar serves poolside bites and sips.
EAT: The Outer Banks’ Blue Point Restaurant is a Duck mainstay. Opened in 1989, it’s known for southern hospitality and incredible jumbo lump crab cakes and she crab soup. Locals congregate at the backBar—an oceanside hot spot with rotating live music and indelible views.
NOT TO MISS: If you’re a history buff, climb to the top of the 220-step Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Expect Instagram-worthy views and historic facts of the 1876 structure. If an adventurist, check out the most famous residents of the northern Outer Banks—the wild horses on Corolla. The wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs are thought to be 500-year descendants of the shipwrecked Spanish mustangs. And lastly, if you’re a boutique-hopper, visit the shops peppered along the local waterfronts in both Duck and Corolla.
Stay tuned for our final stop, which traverses the California Coast.
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