Things to Do | Travel Do something different this year for Father’s Day.
Cycling in Gettysburg. Photo courtesy Gettybikes. Dads are notoriously hard to buy for. What do they want? What do they need? Instead of stressing over what to get dad for Father’s Day this year, how about whisking him away for a memorable day trip with the family? Here are a few ideas, all within two hours of downtown DC. Best For: Cyclists With an Interest in the Civil War
Where: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Why: Although driving through the battlefield at Gettysburg is impactful, cycling the approximately 10-mile route offers a closer experience to the hallowed ground of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle. Gettysbike, whose home base is located right at the visitor’s center parking lot, has licensed guides who are both knowledgeable and approachable (not lecture-y). The family-friendly tour leads cyclists along a network of trails and streets to the most pivotal sites, such as Seminary Ridge and the Devil’s Den. You can bring your own bikes or borrow one from their bike shed.
NOTE: Families can book private tours, and those with younger children probably should since the group tour moves at a brisk pace. Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Best For: Amateur Photographers and Maritime History Buffs
Why: Just south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge sits a handsome red-and-white octagonal lighthouse. Built in 1873, the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is the last surviving example of a screwpile, whereby the structure is […]