Out of state visitors may be inclined to take the three-hour drive to Washington, D.C. Aside from the many significant buildings to our nation’s political system, there are many attractions off the beaten path. Visit Lincoln’s summer cabin in northern D.C., or stroll through the National Arboretum. For something a bit more macabre, visit the National Museum of Health and Medicine, which showcases the bullet that killed Abraham Lincoln. Two hours away, the urban and artistic city of Pittsburgh is an alluring destination for those seeking history and fun. Take a bike tour through the city, or explore the culinary scene from an expert guide. Head up to the top of Mt. Washington for a scenic overlook of the city. Once you’re at the top, enjoy a nice dinner with a glass of wine overlooking the city skyline. Drive three hours south to the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. Situated on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, these national forests combine to make one of the largest land areas in the eastern United States. Go hiking on one of dozens of trails, suitable for beginning hikers to advanced outdoorsmen and -women. If you visit in the fall, be sure to take a hike or a scenic drive to take in the vibrant autumn foliage.