Another great thing to do if you happen to be west of the Washington DC metro area is to visit one of the many wineries in the area. Yes, I said wineries and Virginia has some very good ones. Although they are not as large or "snooty" as some found in California or New York, they are quite good with a uniquely southern flair. For instance, one of the wineries has gas grills set up outside so you can bring your favorite food and grill it at your leisure while you sample their wines. Nearly all of the best wineries are within an hours drive of DC and are situated in the beautiful countryside of Virginia. My most recent visit was to the Lost Creek Winery http://www.lostcreekwinery.com. It located about mile off RT15 (which as I mentioned before is a beautiful drive itself). They offer beautiful surroundings and a very relaxed and extremely affordable tasting experience. As an example, a tasting, plus a bottle of merlot, fresh baked bread and cheese for 2 costs about $35. The owners children have recently established their own winery nearby as well call...get this..Hidden Brook Winery...the tasting room is in very nice log cabin. So if yo are looking for something different to do on your visit to the DC area and have a rental car, check out the wineries.