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ADVICE TO AVOID BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON
METRO AREAS
.
    If you wish to by-pass both the Baltimore and District of
    Columbia areas you can go from the New Jersey Turnpike
    to the Memorial Bridge to the state of Delaware.  Take the
    exits off I-95 for US-13 or US-301 south, which are just a
    short distance in Delaware from the Memorial Bridge.  

Two choices: Go south to Norfolk, or swing inland to Annapolis.  

Norfolk is a straight shot south on US-13, which is just a few miles
from the Memorial Bridge.  On the way you may wish to take some
of the side roads, as this is quite open.  Maybe you’ll stop at
Chincoteaque and the Assateaque Island National Seashore,
which is a “must” for birders.  On our last visit to Chincoteaque we
saw the ponies that all girls know from
Misty of  Chincoteaque

If you wish to continue on US-13, continue to the
Chesapeake
Bay Bridge-Tunnel
.  Stop at the midpoint for a cup of coffee and
walk out on the fishing pier — always a welcome break.  (RVers
should check with toll collector to learn whether they can stop at
this man made island -- it's a bit tight!)  and go to Virginia, below,
for Williamsburg, or take US-301 to…

Annapolis is reached by taking the exit from Memorial Bridge for
US-301 south to...  

Maryland

Annapolis.  This is a pleasant small historic city with early-
American ambiance.  It is the capital of the state and home of the
United States Naval Academy.  Enjoy the walking tour of the
Academy and maybe see the noon formation.  Return to US-301
then south to…

Virginia

Virginia is a historian’s treasure trove – many weeks can be spent
at the historic sites, Revolutionary War, Civil War, etc.  It was a
combat zone – with both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War
being fought here to final victory.    

Bowling Green, VA.  From here go west on Route 207 to I-95
and go south to the ...

Richmond Area.  History buffs may wish to visit this city, which
was the capital of the Confederacy and is now the capital of
Virginia.  

You can by-pass Richmond on I-295.  The by-pass is a left lane
exit off  I-95, with signs posted several miles in advance.  Then go
south on I-295 to I-64 and go east to the exit for …

Colonial Williamsburg, located in Williamsburg.  This will be a
highlight of your trip.  Follow signs on I-64 for Colonial
Williamsburg that is a restoration of the colonial capital of Virginia.  
It was here that Jefferson, Patrick Henry and others led the effort
to split from the crown.  This led to the Declaration of
Independence, which was drawn up in Philadelphia.  Go to the
Visitors’ Center (ample RV parking is provided).  Visit the ornate
Governor’s Palace (photo), historic Capitol Building and see
hundreds of other buildings of the period that have been faithfully
restored with Rockefeller money.  

Enjoy a meal in the colonial style at one of the fine restoration
eateries.  Join in a mock trial.  Hear Patrick Henry deride the
crown.  Tour the palace and the marvelous gardens.  See
craftsmen working in the style of the 1770s.  Enjoy the fife and
drum corps.  There is much to interest adults and children.  You
can easily spend a week, even without visiting the nearby
Busch
Gardens
.  (We visited for a week with our daughters, when they
were teenagers, and they enjoyed it so much that two decided to
attend The College of William & Mary.)

The College of William & Mary, America’s second oldest college,
is located in Williamsburg.  The college’s Wren Building is open for
visitors.  This is the oldest academic building in the US still in daily
use by students.

You’re in good company – I believe all the presidents of the US
starting with FDR have visited Williamsburg, and royalty from
England and other dignitaries are frequent visitors.  



Plan to also visit the
Yorktown battlefield (photo), which was the
site of the last battle of the Revolution.  Nearby is
Jamestown that
was the location of the first English settlement of the colonies.  
Visit a nearby plantation.  See the neighboring cotton fields –you’ll
see more of these as you head south on the coastal route.  

LATERAL TO RICHMOND, CHARLOTTESVILLE, MONTICELLO

    From Williamsburg head east on I-64 to…

    Richmond.  History buffs may wish to visit this city, which
    was the capital of the Confederacy and is now the capital of
    Virginia.  To by-pass take I-295 north to I-64 on the western
    side of the city.  Then take I-64 west to …

    Charlottesville.  This is the home of University of
    Virginia.  The campus is a beauty with the rotunda and
    lawns surrounded by the buildings that were planned by
    Jefferson, who founded the University.  Worth a visit.  Then
    a few miles west on I-64 from exit 121 is …

    Monticello.  This was Thomas Jefferson’s home.  He was
    ahead of his time in the design — the tour of his home and
    gardens impresses the tourists of his diverse interests and
    accomplishments.  Continuing west you reach the Interior
    route...

Travel Letters
Governor's Palace shows the royal life of the crown's representative
Thomas Jefferson designed his home - called Monticello
3 US presidents were educated in W&M's Wren Building
Yorktown was the scene of battles during both the Revolutionary and Civil wars
Patrick Henry re-enactor makes history come alive
Bancroft Hall, US Naval Academy