Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Go here: Step back in time to walk the streets that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry walked on the road to American independence. Scores of original buildings and hundreds of homes, shops and public buildings are reconstructed over 301 acres most on their original foundations. Tickets start at $21.95 for a one-day pass for adults; children ages 6 to 17 get half off with a paying adult.

Stay here: Colonial Williamsburg offers a variety of accommodations ranging from budget hotels to Colonial houses to the grand Williamsburg Inn, 136 E. Francis St., 800-745-8883. If you lean to the luxurious, there is no place finer than the Williamsburg Inn, which has hosted royalty and heads of state. Guest rooms average a generous 500-square-feet, with luxuriously appointed marble bathrooms and English Regency style furnishings. Rates start at about $359„© a night. For the more budget-conscious, there's the Governor's Inn, with prices starting at $59 a night.

Eat here: The Fat Canary, 410 Duke of Gloucester St., 757-229-3333. Despite its historic location, the Fat Canary caters to modern sensibilities using fresh local ingredients for creative American fare. The menu is inspired by New Orleans, southern California, Hawaii and North Carolina cuisine. Entrees start at about $22.

Don't miss this: Revolutionary City. Every day, period actors present a two-hour show in the east end of the Historic Area that reflects Williamsburg's role in one of America's defining historical periods.

Get there: Williamsburg is about 200 miles from Baltimore by car. Take Interstate 95 south to I-295 then I-64 East toward Norfolk.

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