Dewey Beach, Del.

Distance from Baltimore: 114 miles, about three hours' drive Why it's worth the gas: Dewey officials would prefer to have their town seen as more than a party destination, but for our purposes, we're going to focus on it as a party destination. For years, this mile-long strip of sand has served as a weekend getaway for professionals looking to unwind and cut loose in group rental houses and in bars and restaurants, including the Starboard, Bottle & Cork and Rusty Rudder. If all that living it up leaves you in need of a little detox, you're in luck: Dewey boasts yoga sessions on its very clean beaches. Don't miss: The Running of the Bull. It's just like in Pamplona, but without the goring and blood. The Starboard Restaurant organizes this event every July, in which two dudes in a bull costume chase participants down the beach. Most celebrate after (and before) with libations, and the event has been known to draw protests from a suspicious group known as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal Costumes. Information: Town of Dewey Beach, 105 Rodney Ave., Dewey Beach, Del., 19971; 302-227-6363 or
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