Trip #17: Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia

So much of this trip was a sobering reality check that left us understanding the bitter divide between North and South and the everyday souls who endured so much for their cause. Often times words could not describe our feelings looking at the battlefields and learning the personal stories of brave Americans, from decorated generals to those barely old enough to enlist. But not everything on this trip revolved around the Civil War. We got to know intimately Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and James Madison, all brilliant renaissance men. We learned about the battle that brought us our national anthem and symbol of the Star Spangled Banner. And not any less important, we explored the decorative arts, the flavors of the mid Atlantic coast (Old Bay anyone??) and got to know the wild ponies of Chincoteague Island. There is so much history, culture and natural beauty here it is almost overwhelming. Trip #17, will undoubtedly take your breath away. Here's what we did. You can follow our itinerary or make one up on your own. Either way, enjoy this very special part of America.

States Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia

Theme The Defense of Ideas & The Civil War: Part IIDuration 11 Days


Day 1

Baltimore• Fly to Baltimore

Day 2

Star Spangled Banner Flag House
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland
African-American History & Culture

Edgar Allan Poe's Grave
Charm City Cakes
The Charmery Ice Cream
Geppi's Entertainment Museum
• Baltimore Museum of Industry
Fort McHenry
Seadog Adventure (speedboat cruise of the harbor and bay)

Day 3

• Drive to Delaware
Hagley Museum and Library
First State Heritage Park

Day 4

• Drive to Chincoteague Virginia
Daisy's Island Cruise (Pontoon boat cruise around the island)
Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge
• Explore the beach

Day 5

• Drive to Virginia Beach / Norfolk
• Kayak in Virginia National Wildlife Refuge
Nauticus Science Museum / Battleship Wisconsin

Day 6

• Drive to Richmond
Historic Jamestowne
Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee
Museum of the Confederacy
The Civil War Center at Tradegar

Day 7

• Drive To Charlottesville
Virginia State Capitol
James Madison's Montpelier
Appomattox Courthouse and National Historical Park

Day 8

• Drive to Alexandria
Chancellorsville Battlefield Visitor Center
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington House
• National Inventors Hall of Fame
Dinner at Gadsby's Tavern

Day 9

• Drive to Gettysburg via Annapolis
Mt. Vernon
Maryland State Capitol Building
Naval Academy and Museum

Day 10

Tour Gettysburg
Gettysburg National Military Park (guided tour, cyclorama and museum)

Day 11

• Drive to Harpers Ferry and fly home
Harpers Ferry National Park

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