Have become a firm believer in day trips in addition to longer trips when possible, of course.
Just taking off to enjoy the day has all kinds of advantages! There are so many places I have never been and they are just a few hours or minutes away.
Saturday, I ventured down to The National Harbor to visit my favorite sculpture(The Awakening) that was recently moved there. The complex is amazing and easy to access from the Beltway even though Map quest didn't know that! The Gaylord Convention Centre is larger than life but parking there is a big mistake. The St George Parking garage is the way to go at $1 an hour! The views are amazing and in a couple of months the galleries and stores will all be open. Definitely worth a visit!
Lately have also made it to downtown Frederick, Whitewater State Park in West Virginia, various Quilt shows and the Frank Lloyd Wright home built in nearby Virginia.
Too much fun and really is a good break not to mention educational.