Eastern Shore, Maryland and Virginia: Washington, DC may get all the press with its cherry blossoms and museums, but the nearby eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay is also a great destination for a family vacation. Chincoteague, Virginia is known as a summer beach town, but the Chincoteague National Wildife Refuge is open year round, offering a chance to spy the wild ponies made famous in Misty of Chincoteague in their natural habitat. Bicycles and binoculars are both a good idea, as they help kids explore the abundant wildlife on the island. Just outside Chincoteague, the NASA Visitor Center at Wallops Flight Facility is a great place to learn about the rockets that are launched mere miles away (open Thursday to Monday in the spring).

Across the peninsula in Saint Michaels, Maryland, you'll find the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which tells the story of the bay through the various industries it has spawned, from oystering to sailing. With its flat terrain and country roads, the surrounding area makes a great spot for a family cycling trip. Make Baltimore your final stop and you'll find lots of family-friendly fun including the Maryland Science Center and the B&O Railroad Museum. For a treat, don't miss the cannolis at Vaccaro's (222 Albemarle St.).


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