Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jul 3, 2012 7:18 PM Last Post By: dixiebell
Jul 2, 2012 4:16 PM
Washington D.C.-IndianaWe're planning some family travel later this month. We'll spend the nights of July 16-18 in Washington D.C. and plan to spend the next several days driving back toward Fort Wayne, IN, planning to arrive on July 23. I'm trying to figure out where we should stop along the way. We're all adults, from 20-somethings to 70-somethings, and open to many different activities. Also, if there's anything we must do in D.C., besides the givens (Smithsonian, national monuments/memorials, etc.), let me know. Thanks for any help!
Jul 2, 2012 4:29 PM
Jul 2, 2012 6:52 PM
2You could spend a week in DC alone, there is so much to see and do, and much of it takes time. As for the driving there from Ft Wayne, you can go a but more south and enjoy the Kentucky area, horse country, whisky and wine making, then over the Appalachians and then to DC.
This a wonderful place thats also a working farm and lovely old historic grounds and Shaker history.
Side roads and not interstates would be lovely from on out all the way to DC or in sections.
Head to Charleston West Virginia, or Roanoke. The scenery, mountains and small towns along the way are lovely, not to mention the National and State parks.
Jul 3, 2012 6:32 AM
Jul 3, 2012 6:50 AM
4I've driven between DC and Indiana a couple times, and unless you're specifically trying make the trip a "road trip," I think you are better served by not taking several days to get from DC to Fort Wayne. Instead, just do the 11 hour or so trip all in one day (there seem to be enough people to switch off driving), and give yourself more time in DC. There really isn't anything between the two locations that, in my view, is worth giving up time to see more stuff in DC. I mean, you could stop for a day in Pittsburgh, or maybe check out some Amish sites on the route, or spend some time in the Appalachians in Pennsylvania. But none of these (to me) are worth forgoing more time in DC.
If you truly do want to use several days and make this an actual road trip, I agree with #2 that you're best served by taking a more southerly (and longer) route through Kentucky, then up through Indianapolis to Fort Wayne.
Jul 3, 2012 7:57 AM
5I would break the drive up into two stops, staying two nights in each. If the National Road works for you, great, if not you can drive interstates, but they are not the road less traveled. You could stop in the Laurel Highlands area of PA. If you have the money, stay at Nemacolin, if not you can find less pricey digs. The adventurous could whitewater the Youghiheny. The shoppers could go to the Somerset outlets and take in the 9-11 Memorial site there. The artsey could tour both Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water and Knob Hill.
Then I'd stop somewhere in the Columbus area for the other two nights. Columbus has a great Science Museum (COSI) and an awesome German Village area with great food. Schmidts Sausage house is a must eat, as is Thurman's Cafe...but Thurman's would be small for your large party. I believe both these have been on Man vs. Food, so they are uber popular...try to hit them at an off time. Nearby is Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/visit/index.asp . Also near Dayton you'll find an Indian Village and archaelogical site...http://sunwatch.org/ Just some ideas...good luck with the planning.
Jul 3, 2012 10:42 AM
This is a great place. You might think to yourself, "Well, we'll have just seen the Air & Space Museum in Washington--why more planes? Well, the Dayton Air Force museum is enormous, and has a very different collection of planes. There are also a couple Wright Bros. sites in Dayton, if you're interested. (Not, however, the bicycle shop where they actually invented the airplane, which was carted lock, stock, and barrel by Henry Ford up to Greenfield Village in Michigan.)
By the way, even if you do decide to drive straight through on interstates, I do recommend sticking relatively south. Drive Interstate 68 to 79 to either 70 or 76, rather than taking the PA Turnpike. The scenery's a little better down that way, the road a little wider, and the tolls a lot lower.
Jul 3, 2012 10:55 AM
7Hi Mr. Penny, good to see...erh...post with you. ...sorry for the slight hijack OP. I need to get off some other non-travel sites and post more here...since travel is near and dear to my heart. Have a couple big trip reports to write up (Yellowstone/Grand Tetons/Montana and Alaska). Just need to find the time.
I agree about avoiding the PA turnpike, there is just no way to update that thing for the modern age. The drive along 68 is lovely. Not too far a drive from DC, you'll find Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. A lovely vacation spot to spend a few days. And as you motor on, Morgantown is a college town well worth a lunch stop and perhaps a chance to poke around the quirky downtown shops.
Jul 3, 2012 5:48 PM
Jul 3, 2012 7:18 PM
9I like the Phillips as well. To be in the presence of Luncheon of the Boating Party was as surreal as when I stood in front of A Sunday Afternoon on the island of the Grande Jette at the Chicago Museum. I literally had to be pulled away from both. The National Geographic Explorer's Hall is very good, when I was there last, they had a Davinci exhibit. Had fun in DC's small china town at a shop that made noodles in the window(Chinatown Express 746 6th St. NW), nothing fancy, just the real deal. Also enjoyed the paddleboats in the Tidal Basin near Jefferson Memorial. If you don't want to wait on tickets to see the mint, just walk in to visit the store...you'll see a bit of it that way. And don't forget to stop in the Old Post Office. Easy place to grab an inexpensive lunch and some souveigners and go up into the tower for the veiw. Coming down past the bells is impressive. Oh, and grab a good beer at Gordon Biersch, 900 F Street NW.
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