Summer is the perfect time for that great American tradition known as a road trip. And what better spot than right here in the Mid-Atlantic region? We have everything: expansive forests, mountains, rivers and lakes, beaches, and oceans, and it all comes with great American history, idyllic towns, and family fun galore. So, if you want to plan a quick and memorable getaway (or two), we have six Mid-Atlantic road trip ideas to help you get started.
#1 Blue Ridge Parkway (VA)
No Mid-Atlantic road trip list would be complete without mentioning the Blue Ridge Parkway – so we made it first on our list. Winding from the NC/VA border up to Waynesboro, VA, this scenic parkway takes you through the Appalachian Mountains with highlights for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts along the way. Points of interest include Luray Caverns, Natural Bridge Zoological Park, Whitewater Falls, Mount Mitchell, and the Barboursville Vineyards & Historic Ruins.
#2 Chesapeake Bay Circle (VA/MD)
This road trip on the Eastern Shore will offer beautiful waterfront views, fresh seafood, and history everywhere. You can travel along the Atlantic to Chincoteague and the beaches of its National Wildlife Refuge, which is famous for its wild ponies and the Assateague Lighthouse. Then wind around the bay for picturesque Maryland stops like St. Michaels, Chestertown, Annapolis, and North Beach. Enjoy shopping, seafood, and amazing Chesapeake views.
#3 Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway (VA, WVA, MD)
In 2009, the US Secretary of Transporation designated this 180-mile stretch as the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway. This trip combines the beautiful scenery of all three states with the rich history of the region. There are Hallowed Ground journey curations that let you focus on particular history explorations such as African American Heritage, the Potomac Legacy Loop, and the Catoctin Scenic Loop.
#4 Dutch Country (PA)
If you’re bringing little ones with you, this road trip offers lots of family fun along with lots of great American history. Explore the National Civil War Museum and Gettysburg National Military Park, or discover the rich Amish culture of Lancaster County. The kids will love a trip to Hersheypark or Dutch Wonderland (the latter is great for younger kids). There are also campgrounds, resorts, and waterparks nearby.
#5 Delaware Bayshore Bay (DE)
Delaware’s Bayshore Bay is a pastoral two-lane byway that stretches about 100 miles along the Delaware River and Bay Estuary. Travelers can take in little, quaint towns, saltwater marshes, and beautiful wildlife refuges like Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Woodland Beach Wildlife Area.
#6: West Virginia Mountains (WVA)
We’d be remiss if we left out West Virginia’s famous country roads. This road trip takes you through the state’s heavily-forested mountains brushed with scenic valleys, gorges, rivers, and streams. You can take a tour of Lost World Caverns or spend a day at Summersville Lake where families can enjoy swimming, scuba diving, fishing, whitewater rafting, or boating on its 28,000 acres of water.
One last great idea for your road trip – you can do everything you want with a personal loan from Police FCU. We still have low rates, and our application process is easy. So, treat yourself, your friends, or your family to a Mid-Atlantic adventure that’s sure to be fun and full of great, lasting memories.