Time for Last Minute Summer Road Trips in the Mid-Atlantic May 30, 2023 by MATPRA Admin With summer winding down, it’s time to hit the winding roads for a road trip! Whether it’s a solo jaunt, a couple’s retreat, or an outing with the entire family (Fido and Fluffy included), the Mid-Atlantic region is jam-packed with summer activities for all. Take on trails for novice and expert hikers alike, try a sport, swim or just lounge on the water or shake things up with a relaxing stay at a roadside bed and breakfast with a wellness spa. Adventure awaits! Click here to view the photo gallery, and please provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. A one-stop-shop for unique travel ideas, roundups, and in-destination experiences to uncover and explore across the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org DELAWARE Kent Kent County, Delaware is just a short road trip away from most Mid-Atlantic destinations. Bring your furry (leashed) friends to experience the beautiful outdoors with a 2.6-mile trail around the 66-acre pond at Killens Pond State Park. After a nice hike, cool off at the waterpark or go kayaking! Delaware’s Quaint Villages, VisitDelawareVillages.com, Catherine Jenkins, [email protected] MARYLAND Allegany There are countless reasons why people – and pups – love Mountain Maryland. Known as one of Maryland’s most dog-friendly parks, Rocky Gap State Park features two dog-friendly beaches, dedicated dog swimming areas in Lake Habeeb, 15 miles of trails, camping and more. Mountain Maryland also features pup-friendly stores, breweries and snacks! Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, MDMountainside.com/Blog/Dogs-Love-Mountain-Maryland, Mindy Bianca, [email protected] Calvert Calvert County is a perfect destination for a summer trip. With its stunning waterfront views, delicious seafood, and historic landmarks, there’s something for everyone! Don’t miss visiting Calvert Cliffs State Park for a hike and beach day or spend the afternoon with the family at the Chesapeake Beach Water Park. Calvert County Department of Economic Development, VisitCalvert.com, Hilary Dailey, [email protected] Caroline Smokey Cat Lavender Farm invites you to their Lavender Festival! Come enjoy a fun-filled day of all things lavender, food, crafts, vendors, live music, art and more! Admission includes a U-Pick bunch of lavender. Music featuring Annan Burgess Woodard, alpacas, petting zoo and crafts. Caroline County Office of Tourism, VisitCaroline.org, Tara Coursey, [email protected] Harford Make memories with the family this summer when you attend a night at the ball field to watch the Aberdeen Ironbirds. Learn about the rich baseball history in the county that’s home to many baseball legends like Cal Ripken and Ernest Burke. Visit Harford, VisitHarford.com, Megan Hallett, [email protected] Talbot As the Arts Capital of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, travelers will find entertainment most anytime in Talbot County. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosts seafood and maritime-related events, Easton’s Avalon Theatre holds indoor/outdoor concerts and its Plein Air Easton Festival, and other celebrations can be found in Oxford and St. Michaels. Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, TourTalbot.org, Krista Boothby, [email protected] Wicomico Get outdoors this June with a last-minute road trip to explore Maryland’s Wicomico County. With over 50 parks and 1,000 miles of waterways, there are a plethora of options to explore by land, by water or even by air! Maryland’s Wicomico County, WicomicoTourism.org, Kristen Goller, [email protected] PENNSYLVANIA Armstrong Add Armstrong Trails to your road trip itinerary! With 52.5 continuous miles of rail trail lined with vibrant flora and fauna, remnants of villages, a coaling tower, and other historical points of interest, and breathtaking views of the Allegheny River, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Experience Armstrong, Inc., ArmstrongCounty.com, Tracie LeShock Bowser, [email protected] Bradford Mt. Pisgah State Park is a great summer destination for hiking, biking, and outdoor recreation in the heart of beautiful Bradford County. 75-acre Stephen Foster Lake and pool complex offer ways to beat the heat while hiking trails, butterfly garden and other natural areas offer visitors a chance to connect with nature. Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, VisitBradfordCounty.com, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] Butler Butler County’s loaded with parks ripe for recreation like biking, hiking, kayaking, sailing & more. Its craft brew scene is hard to beat and strollable towns like Mars, Slippery Rock, Harmony, Saxonburg, Evans City, and Zelienople feature great antiquing, trendy boutiques, and wonderful dining options! Butler County – Explore more! Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, VisitButlerCounty.com, Jeff Martinelli, [email protected] Endless Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania A summer sojourn in a canoe or kayak along the beautiful Susquehanna River makes for a great way to cool off during the dog days of summer in the Endless Mountains. Relax along the beautiful waters of Pennsylvania’s river of the year and experience the region’s natural wonders that make a mountain getaway a perfect trip! Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, EndlessMountains.org, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] Happy Valley Part of Happy Valley’s best-of-both-worlds charm is found outdoors. Area state parks and forests feature trails for mountain bike, horseback and boot. PA State Parks in Happy Valley offer fishing, swimming and kayaking. Happy Valley adventurers may see a wide range of nature’s creatures, including beavers, bald eagles and bats. Happy Valley Adventure Bureau, HappyValley.com, Edward Stoddard, [email protected] Juniata River Valley Create magical summer memories with the people you love while staying at River Golf Lodge along the beautiful Juniata River. The resort, which is centered between the river and a golf course and near several well-known hiking trails, will help you get reconnected with nature and your loved ones. Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, JRVVisitors.com, Buffie Boyer, [email protected] Lancaster Enjoy relief from the heat with a visit to Mount Gretna. With tall, shady trees and a beautiful lake, this summer destination is a hidden gem in the Lancaster area, offering recreation, sweets, music, theater, artwork, and daily activities & talks on almost any subject imaginable. Rental cottages are available, too! Discover Lancaster, DiscoverLancaster.com, Joel Cliff, [email protected] Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of) For road trippers and scenery-seekers, VisitPA’s two “Beautiful Byways” road trips span the Historic National Road Byway and the Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway. Through curated itineraries and recommendations, travelers can ride through history, discover epic outdoor adventures, and dine at some of the best local establishments. Pennsylvania Tourism Office, VisitPA, VisitPA.com, Michael Chapaloney, [email protected] Potter-Tioga Potter and Tioga Counties are home to eight lakes including Tioga, Hammond, Cowanesque, Hills Creek Lake, Hamilton, Lyman Run, Nessmuk and Beechwood. Smaller lakes offer a variety of activities including motorless boating while larger offer the full spectrum of favorite outdoor water sports. Visit Potter-Tioga, VisitPotterTioga.com, Morgan Christopher, [email protected] VIRGINIA Hampton Need a last-minute summer road trip idea? Drive over to Hampton and enjoy many, exciting festivals planned for this summer. Road trippers can enjoy the Blackbeard Pirate Festival, the return of the Hampton Jazz Festival with headliners including Fantasia and the 2023 Supernova International Ska Festival featuring Sister Nancy. Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau, VisitHampton.com, Mahogany Waldon, [email protected] Harrisonburg Summer doesn’t just mean vacation with the kids. Enjoy a couples retreat at the By the Side of the Road Inn. Soak in a luxurious tub in front of a fire. Take a romantic walk by the pond. And it’s just a mile from downtown and restaurants and shops. Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services, VisitHarrisonburgVA.com, Jennifer Bell, [email protected] Loudoun With 300 miles of dirt roads – more than any other county in Virginia – a drive through Loudoun is a step back in time. Take our winding, stone-fenced country lanes to farm breweries, family-run wineries and historic 18th Century villages, sharing the road with tractors, horses and the occasional chicken. Visit Loudoun, VisitLoudoun.org, Jen Sigal, [email protected] Norfolk Norfolk is the perfect destination for a road trip. Located on the Chesapeake Bay and surrounded by beauty and culture, Norfolk is home to vibrant city life and relaxing beach days. Soak up the sun or explore the art scene before catching a live performance and enjoying a delicious meal. Visit Norfolk, VisitNorfolk.com, Paige Hawsey, [email protected] Prince William Prince William County is your destination to get outside. With over 60+ trail miles, you will find ways to challenge the experienced hiker or scenic vistas for restful exploration. Close to Washington, DC, Prince William County is a perfect addition to your road trip, with national monuments, museums, and parks. Visit Prince William, Virginia, VisitPWC.com, Joey Pierce, [email protected] Richmond The Richmond Region is a must-stop destination for amusement park fun, outdoor adventures, flower-filled gardens, and world-class museums, all within driving distance of half the U.S. population. The James River, running through downtown, offers abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation just steps away from award-winning food, lodging, and local breweries. Visit Richmond VA, VisitRichmondVA.com, Katie Potter, [email protected] Shenandoah County Are you looking for a fun sport that maxes out your step count? A sport that takes you through beautiful countryside, that you can play alone or with friends any time of year. What about low-impact, practically free-to-play? Then head to one of Shenandoah County’s disc golf courses this summer. Visit Shenandoah County, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, Brenda Black, [email protected] Staunton Hit the playground, jump in the pool or take your dog to the Bark Park in Gypsy Hill Park. Let your kids feed the ducks, ride their bikes around the 1.3-mile loop or set up your blanket for live music at the bandstand. There are lots to do in Staunton’s parks. Staunton, VA, VisitStaunton.com, Jessica Williams, [email protected] Virginia’s Blue Ridge Hit the road to Salem in Virginia’s Blue Ridge for the largest fair in Virginia. Whether you’re craving adventure, a more leisurely outing, or just plain craving, the Salem Fair has it all: favorite fair foods, 40+ rides, a stunt show, art exhibitions, live music and more. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, VisitVBR.com, Kathryn Lucas, [email protected] About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance Our goal is to make your job as travel journalists easier! These once-a-month emails provide a one-stop-shop for unique travel ideas, roundups, and in-destination experiences to uncover and explore across the Mid-Atlantic region. We work directly with destinations across D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to put together roundup stories. Understanding your timelines and lead time needs, we’ve preplanned hot industry and travel topics for months readily available to you. We encourage you to reach out to each destination contact above if you’re interested in covering their story, and also welcome you to email us at [email protected] if you’re looking for a roundup on multiple destinations or a different story topic altogether. 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