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Cape May, N.J.

Distance from Baltimore: 154 miles, about a three-hour drive Why it's worth the gas: Situated where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May bills itself as the nation's oldest seaside resort. Vacationers have been streaming here since the late-18th century; one of its oldest hotels, Congress Hall, is about to celebrate its bicentennial. Victorian homes abound within the town, which has retained much of its 19th- and early-20th-century charm. Cape May Point State Park, on the oceanfront, includes nature trails, a lighthouse 199 steps high and an abandoned World War II bunker that stands like some silent concrete sentinel just yards from the ocean. Don't miss: To really do Cape May right, you should approach from Lewes, Del., taking the Cape May-Lewes Ferry 17 miles across Delaware Bay. 1-800-643-3779 or capemaylewesferry.com for schedule, rates and other information. Information: capemaycity.com Baltimore Sun
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