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List of Itineraries For Mid-Atlantic

As Published In The Karen Brown Guide.

Total Number of Itineraries in this list: 11

Delmarva Peninsula

Chesapeake Bay divides the state of Maryland neatly into two parts—to the west you find the state capital of Annapolis, the city of Baltimore, and the suburbs of Washington, D.C. To the east lies the Delmarva Peninsula, whose eastern coast is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean. “Delmarva” is an acronym for Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, the three states that share this peninsula, sometimes also called the Tidewater Peninsula or the Eastern Shore.

This driving itinerary makes a wonderful road trip for a family vacation holiday particularly during the warmer months along the coast. Use our interactive maps to find wonderful small hotels, bed and breakfast inns and resorts along the route.

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Eastern Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's Bucks County is full of historical charm and conveniently close to Philadelphia. Our suggested routing begins in this delightful area, extends your journey along the Delaware River as it winds its way north, and ends in the Pocono Mountains. Each segment of the trip is different but together they make for a few days' enjoyable excursion in this part of Pennsylvania.

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New Jersey: Pearls of Sand,

New Jersey, the state that you pass through on the way to somewhere else, rarely stopping to enjoy it, does indeed have some wonderful destinations. It’s a state of many contrasts, encompassing lively cities, beautiful ocean seashore and, inland, lovely farms in pastoral settings. New Jersey is the state where George Washington crossed the Delaware and fought many battles so there is much history and you find many historic sites to visit here. This itinerary leads you south from New York City (or its airports), with its fast pace of life and crowded highways, down along the coast to feel the sand between your toes, the water on your feet, and the salt air on your face, enjoying the more relaxed pace of the southerly shore towns.

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New York, New York!

New York is much more than wonderful: it’s an experience—there’s none other like it, and you must not miss it. It’s the energy of New York that clothes every moment of every day, with buildings that soar toward the stars and buildings that echo a city’s history, museums as fine as they come, hotels fit for a king or small, quiet and intensely personal, restaurants of unsurpassed quality and cafés for coffee, shops of great treasures and tiny trinkets, music of symphonies and single voices, theater for every interest, and sports activities of every description—all set in broad avenues and the narrow streets of its villages, in grand parks and quiet corners. All of this is New York, and it is all so special that any visitor to the Mid-Atlantic States not familiar with its wonders must include at least a taste from its great menu. The history of New York dates back to the days of tribes of Indians—long before George Washington—but it’s the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries that have given it the reputation that it enjoys today. New York City, often thought of as the capital of America, has been at the center of the country’s economic and cultural life, made all the more dynamic by the city’s size, its ethnic diversity, and a population more than double that of any other American town. It’s situated much like a keyhole to a house, opening directly to the Mid-Atlantic States and, more importantly, to all of the United States.

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New York’s Hudson River Valley: Great

Just as New York City is the gateway to the country, so the Hudson River is the gateway up the valley to the northeast sector of New York State. When first discovered by Henry Hudson in 1609 it was thought that this river might be the way to China but when that turned out to be a false hope, the river turned into a strategic means for the movement of supplies and armies. The consequences of this were twofold: New York City became the foremost trading port of the nation and the Hudson Valley became a vital part of the Industrial Revolution. One of the loveliest itineraries in New York State follows this river north from the city of New York or from any of the airports that serve the greater New York metropolis. Wherever you start from, the pace and the frenzy of New York City quickly evaporates as you begin to feel the tranquility of the countryside, see the green trees, and visit the bed-room communities where the com-muting executives of the great city sleep between their mega-transactions. The attractions along both banks of the Hudson reflect many of the significant events and people in America’s history—visiting them will give you insight into their lives and their many accomplishments as leading statesmen. Many of the more interesting historical places to pause at along the way are south of Albany, the state capital, while much of the state’s natural beauty is found in its mountainous regions—the Catskills and the Adirondacks.

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Philadelphia, sometimes called the "Cradle of Liberty"and often referred to as the "City of Brotherly Love," is where the United States of America was born on July 4, 1776 with the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. This is also where the Constitution of the United States was drafted in 1787. The city was founded in 1682 by William Penn who, with a group of Quakers, left religious persecution in England to establish a community in the New World based on freedom of conscience. Philadelphia has always carried with it a sense of its own history and its citizens bring to this current time values whose roots go deep into the past.

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The Brandywine Valley,

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is an ideal base from which to travel into the surrounding countryside, beautiful in its rolling hills and valleys. The towns of these neighboring suburbs, particularly those in the Brandywine Valley, have some of the best museums and attractions to be found anywhere. Nearby Pennsylvania Dutch Country provides you with the opportunity to see the Amish and the Mennonites as they live their lives according to their long-held customs and beliefs, while Valley Forge and Gettysburg offer a very different kind of experience—that of learning of the conflicts that have shaped our nation’s history. Your choice of one or more of these excursions will depend upon the time available to you and the depth of your interest, whether it be as a tourist or as a scholar, but all are worthwhile.

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The state of Virginia is steeped in history and offers a banquet of interesting and diverse attractions for all kinds of travelers—for historians, for those who want to frolic in the ocean, and for those love the mountains. From the seashore of the Delmarva Peninsula to the broad sweep of the Shenandoah Valley, to the mountains of the Alleghenies, Virginia is a place you’ll want to taste, to savor, and to remember. Its historical legacy is impressive—the birthplace of eight presidents, and the site of two Colonial capitals and more Civil War battlegrounds than any other state in our nation. Take that history and add the state’s natural beauty and handsome, fascinating old towns, and you have a bounty of attractions and memories in the making. The first permanent settlement in America was established at Jamestown in 1607, with the state’s capital being moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg and then to Richmond in 1779. In 1775, when the war between England and the Colonies broke out, Virginian Patrick Henry made his now famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Thomas Jefferson, native son of Virginia, was instrumental in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on the Fourth of July, 1776. In 1781 the British surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown, ending the Revolutionary War, and 80 years later the Civil War came to an end with the surrender of General Robert E. Lee to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Much of the history of the battlefields has been memorialized in Manassas, Appomattox, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Yorktown, Richmond, and Lexington.

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Washington, D.C.

Named for America’s first president, Washington is a beautiful city with impressive buildings on wide tree-lined streets, grassy parks, museums, art galleries, and historic monuments. See government at work in Supreme Court sessions and Senate debates. Visit the icons that symbolize the American heritage: the Declaration of Independence and the Lincoln Memorial. Tour the White House, one of the few residences of a head of state open to the public. Retire for respite in trendy Georgetown with its wealth of shops, cafés, and restaurants.

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Water’s Edge

The northern edge of New York State stretches from its most eastern point at Lake Champlain, along the St. Lawrence River into Lake Ontario, and across to the southern coast of Lake Erie. The spectacularly beautiful St. Lawrence separates the United States from Canada, flowing eastward for some 700 miles from the eastern end of Lake Ontario to the sea. This river has historically provided the means for the westward expansion into the interior of the country and has been used as the major shipping route of goods both into and out of the Great Lakes. The St. Lawrence, its tributaries, and the more than 1,700 islands comprise what is known as the Thousand Islands region of New York State. Whether your journey begins in the Lake Champlain Valley and goes west, or begins at the state’s most western point on Lake Erie and goes east matters not—you need only to determine the best point at which to begin and which of the many things to do are of greatest interest to you.

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Western Maryland

Western Maryland, northwest of D.C., leads into battlegrounds that shaped our nation’s history then through the Cumberland Pass into the mountains of Northwestern Maryland and Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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