If you live on the East Coast, chances are you are well aware of Interstate 95.
I-95 is the longest North-South highway in the United States, stretching almost 2,000 miles. It runs through 15 states and connects the most densely populated parts of the country. You’ll find 95 running from the beaches of Miami to the Canadian border in Maine.
And while it might just seem like another highway, there are plenty of things to do and see along the way.
In this post, we want to highlight three areas in particular: Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. You’ll find many great attractions that aren’t too far removed from I-95, making them the perfect place to take a small detour along your road trip.
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Virginia is home to tons of history, and thankfully much of it is accessible right off the highway. You can’t go wrong with any of these destinations.
Right in the middle of downtown Richmond, you’ll find Belle Isle. This small island in the James River is a 54-acre public natural area. It’s a perfect spot to relax or have a picnic lunch on the water before you continue on your journey.
Many cite Fredericksburg as ‘dripping with history.’ Wander the streets that have been alive and well since the 18th century exploring the stores and shops. And pop into the Rising Sun Tavern, built by George Washington’s younger brother.
Keep following I-95 past Fredericksburg, and you’ll hit the heart of the Nation’s capital. There are tons to do in DC, but we picked a few of our favorites.
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
There are many incredible Smithsonian museums in DC to visit, but the NMAAHC is often universally highlighted as truly special. It “highlights the American story through the African American lense.” Plus, it’s free.
The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum
If you want to feel like you’ve been transported away from a major American city and to a quiet and peaceful Japanese garden, you need to check out The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy over 150 bonsai trees.
Even though Maryland is a tiny state, it really packs a punch in terms of things to see and do. While you’re on 95, don’t hesitate to check out these spots.
Faidley’s is an institution in Baltimore. Around since the 1800s, it’s been featured on dozens of ‘best crab’ lists in the last 100 years. If you’re spending any time in Baltimore at all, you need to head to the counter and get yourself a crabcake.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
If you love baseball, surely Camden Yards is on your list of ‘must see’ places. This park draws millions each year to not only see the Orioles play but take a tour. It’s a modern building that still gives off an old-time feel, and if you’re in Baltimore in the summer, you’ll see why it’s so beloved.
These are just a handful of the things you’ll be able to see on your drive up I-95. With so many different attractions and opportunities, you’ll have plenty to do and see on your road trip!