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.
If you are ever bored on a Sunday afternoon and the weather is nice, a great thing to do is to take a leisurely drive to Fredrick, Maryland. It is the drive, not the destination, that I want to mention here. Route 15 north until you get to the Potomac River is a beautiful drive with lots do and see along the way once you get through Leesburg. Dotted along the beautiful scenic route are antique shops, wineries, and roadside produce stands that sell huge variety of things like apple butter, homemade sausage, and peanut brittle. I personally love the fresh peaches and plums you can get along this route in the fall. Be warned that this road is twisty and narrow with a speed limit of 45mph, but many try to go a few mph faster; not recommended in inclement weather. One other thing, as you cross into Maryland there is an area called Point of Rocks that will give you a spectacular view of the Potomac.
Newly-completed Sugarland Run Stream Valley Trail cuts right through the Stuart Woods apartment complex. The wonderfully paved trail is outstanding for biking, roller-blading, or the good old-fashioned walk or jog. It now connects all the way through to the W & OD Trail crossing on Herndon Parkway just north of Spring St.!