Exploring DC Metro Area

There is a lot to see and do in Washington D.C but there are various counties and states that surrounds Washington D.C.  You can start your journey in Washington D.C and find yourself wondering around the mountains and shores of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia.  The following counties are all within 45 minutes to 3 hours away from Washington D.C.  

Maryland: The Home of Blue Crabs and one of the original 15 colonies.  You’ve explored the plains, rivers and the historic sites of Southern Maryland.  Here are the counties of the State that features foothills, mountains, lakes, oceans, battlefields and forts.  Maryland has so much to offer for its visitors and locals alike.  




Maryland Tourism: http://www.mdtourism.org/

Allegany County: http://www.mdmountainside.com/

Anne Arundel County: http://www.visitannapolis.org/index.aspx

Baltimore County: http://www.visitbacomd.info/

Calvert County:  http://www.ecalvert.com/

Caroline County: http://www.tourcaroline.com/

Carroll County: http://www.carrollcountytourism.org/ 

Cecil County: http://www.ccgov.org/tourism/ 

Charles County: http://www.thenationsbackyard.com/tourism/

Dorchester County:  http://www.tourdorchester.org/

Frederick County: http://www.fredericktourism.org/ 

Garrett County: http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/  

Harford County: http://www.harfordmd.com/ 

Howard County: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/hct/hct_homepage.htm

Kent County:  http://www.kentcounty.com/

Montgomery County: http://www.visitmontgomery.com/

Prince George’s County: http://www.visitprincegeorges.com/

Queen Anne’s County:  http://www.discoverqueenannes.com

Somerset County: http://www.visitsomerset.com/

St. Mary’s County:  http://tour.co.saint-marys.md.us/tourismtemplate2.asp?content=indexcontent.asp

Talbot County:  http://www.tourtalbot.org/

Washington County: http://www.marylandmemories.com/

Wicomico County: http://www.wicomicotourism.org/

Worchester County:  http://www.visitworcester.org/



Virginia: The home of the first settlement of America, our first president and a the home of a confederate general. All who are linked to family and state at which they called home.  It is also one of my most favorite states to visit and one I feel the most at home.  I should also mention that these are the Northern Virginia Counties.  Virginia is a big state and if you wish to explore all of it, please visit there state’s site.




North Virginia:http://www.northernneck.org/Home.html

Arlington County: http://www.virginia.org/Site/cities.asp?locality=Arlington

Caroline County: http://www.co.caroline.va.us/tourism.html

Clarke County: http://www.virginia.org/site/cities.asp?locality=Clarke

Culpeper County: http://www.visitculpeperva.com/

Fairfax County: http://www.fxva.com/

Fauquier County: http://www.visitfauquier.com/

King George County: http://www.virginia.org/site/cities.asp?locality=King%20George

Loudoun County: http://www.visitloudoun.org/ 

Prince William County: http://www.visitpwc.com/

Spotsylvania County: http://www.virginia.org/site/cities.asp?locality=Spotsylvania

Stafford County: http://www.tourstaffordva.com/stafford-visitorguide.cfm

Warren County: http://www.virginia.org/site/cities.asp?locality=Warren



Pennsylvania: One of the biggest three day battles was fought here, one of the 15 original colonies and the location where the Declaration of Independence was signed.  Also another state I find myself wondering the foothills and mountains.  It hosts many favored reenacting events and festivals.  Another really big state and I’m only posting information on the southern part of the state. 



Adams County: http://www.achs-pa.org/

Bedford County: http://www.bedfordcounty.net/

Berks County: http://www.readingberkspa.com/

Bucks County: http://visitbuckscounty.com/

Chester County: http://www.brandywinevalley.com/

Cumberland County: http://www.visitcumberlandvalley.com/

Delaware County: http://www.brandywinecvb.org/

Fayette County: http://www.fayettechamber.com/cwt/external/wcpages/index.aspx

Franklin County: http://www.explorefranklincountypa.com/

Fulton County: http://www.fultoncountypa.com/

Greene County: http://www.greenecountytourism.org/

Lancaster County: http://www.padutchcountry.com/

Montgomery County: http://www2.montcopa.org/montco/site/default.asp

Somerset County: http://www.somersetcountychamber.com/chamber/benefits.asp

Washington County: http://visitwashingtoncountypa.com/

Westmoreland County: http://www.laurelhighlands.org/

York County: http://www.yorkpa.org/



New Jersey: George Washington found a way through to finally defeat the British during his crossing of the Delaware and then the battle of Trenton.  The state had two major battles that had an important rolls during the American War for Independence and effected the war on how it would end.  If it weren’t for all the bridges and tolls I would visit this state more often.  But driving from the Washington D.C area can be a pain, but once you find yourself within the state it is smooth sailing.  I blame it all on Delaware.  I’ve never drove from Philadelphia to New Jersey, that might be a better way to travel.



New Jersey Shores: http://www.visitnjshore.com/

Atlantic County: http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/

Cape May County: http://www.capemaycountychamber.com/cape-may-county-visitors.htm

Cumberland County: http://www.discovercumberlandcounty.com/

Hudson County: http://www.visithudson.org/

Monmouth County: http://www.visitmonmouth.com/

Morris County: http://www.morristourism.org/

Salem County: http://www.visitsalemcountynj.com/default.asp?contentID=2

Somerset County: http://www.njwildlifetrails.org/AboutTheTrails/NJWelcomeCenters.aspx

Warren County: http://www.visitwarren.com/



West Virginia: Known for its rough frontiersmen and soldiers but it is most known for its mountain views and the rolls it played during the American Civil War.  I’ve had a chance to explore the towns and mountains of this state but again I’m only going to discuss the eastern portion of the state since it is the closest to the Washington D.C area.   It is also a great place to go tubbing, canoeing and mountain climbing. 



Southern County: http://www.visitwv.com/

Berkeley County: http://www.travelwv.com/

Grant County: http://www.grantcountywva.com/

Greenbrier County: http://greenbrierwv.com/

Hampshire County: http://www.cometohampshire.com/

Hardy County: http://www.visithardy.com/

Jefferson County: http://www.hello-wv.com/

Lewis County: http://www.stonewallcountry.com/

Marion County: http://marioncvb.com/

Morgan County: http://www.tourmorgantown.com/

Parkersburg County: http://www.greaterparkersburg.com/

Pendleton County: http://www.visitpendleton.com/

Pocahontas County: http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/

Preston County: http://www.tourpreston.com/

Tucker County: http://www.canaanvalley.org/

Wheeling County: http://www.wheelingcvb.com/


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