The inauguration is about to bring an estimated 800,000 visitors to DC and with it, many road closures. Despite the historic nature of any inaugural activities, the influx of visitors into our quaint city can add a bit of a headache. The amount expected this weekend is enough visitors to more than double the city’s current population, causing many to forego political events and escape the city completely. The good news is that the regions surrounding DC have a lot to offer those seeking an escape.

If enjoying green spaces with a nice glass of wine is your thing, check out a local winery. The Olney Winery in Maryland and the Winery at Bull Run in Virginia both make for wonderful day trips and are less than an hour from downtown DC. For those always looking for that perfect bottle, both vineyards offer a monthly wine club, allowing you to bring the fun of wine tasting to your living room.

If a coastal escape is more your style, take a day trip to Annapolis. The capital of Maryland has much to offer visitors, is family friendly, and boasts an impressive view of the coastline. History buffs will love the museums, kids can enjoy a pirate adventure, and foodies will enjoy fine dining at many restaurants throughout the city.

With the forecast yielding unseasonably warm weather, spend some time outside while you still can! Harper’s Ferry National Park is just an hours drive away and boasts some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the region. Whether you are an experienced hiker or are looking for an easy trail, this national park has something for everyone.

As much as we love DC, we know that it is important to get out every once in a while. Take some time this weekend for you and your family, avoid the crowds, and relax away from the chaos of this weekend.