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my wife and i are looking to take a 3 night mini-vacation. it has to be somewhere within driving distance (less than 10 hours). we kind of want to go to a beach, but are open to other things. we have a 2 year old that we'll be carting along.

any ideas? sight-seeing, beach, whatever you got, i'd like to hear it. we're on a pretty tight budget.

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Admission to the Smithsonian complexes is free and there are quite a few to check out. The new Air and Space annex is awesome. Just a thought.

we haven't been in a while, but we've been there quite a few times...though not to the air and space museum.

talking to the boss, seems i misunderstood her. she mentioned historical/ educational.....she meant historical/ educational near the ocean. :laugh:

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As much as I would hate to help out a WVU fan, down here is great for what you are looking for. Get a room on the beach, I recommend the Golden Sands Motel.

As for sightseeing, you have the U.S.S. North Carolina to tour(Awesome!), the aquarium, the serpentarium, plenty of museums, etc. You can also take a horse drawn carriage tour around downtown and learn about it's history. I've also heard good things about the ghost walks downtown. Wilmington is supposed to be one of the most haunted cities in America(so I've heard).

Good luck in wherever you go.

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You can never lose with the Outer Banks. (Although I don't know how far away it is for you.)

And it may not be the best for the budget, but the wife and I (before she was my wife) went down there for a weekend on a whim and found some pretty good hotel deals....looking online might help to to find a good deal on a hotel room.

Or you could just find an empty cottage and be a squatter for 3 days! :D

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http://www.restonzoo.com/about.htm

Reston Zoo is a surprising find in the heart of urban Fairfax County. It's a thirty-acre, family-friendly zoo:

an oasis in the middle of the city!

Zoofari wagon rides (included in admission fee) take young and old to see zebras, antelope, bison, ostrich, and lots more. Park staff lead regular animal demonstrations.

Reston Zoo encourages animal interaction. There are plenty of places to get "up close and personal" with the animals. Animal feed and lamb bottles are available, too! You won't want to miss the alligators, camels, reptile house, or waterfowl. You'll be amazed that such an opportunity is so close to you!

Reston Zoo has been a working zoo under several different owners for more than a quarter century. Under the latest owners, the zoo has undergone some major changes and will continue to renovate and add many new exhibits over the coming years.

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And since its vacation, maybe you can expand your horizons:

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http://www.restonzoo.com/about.htm

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And since its vacation, maybe you can expand your horizons:

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PB,

Your suggestion of the Zoo reminds me of that one Simpsons episode when they went to the Zoo to entertain Maggie and Lisa ends up being a vegetarian, which results in the flying pig getting destroyed from Homer's BBBQ. Better watch out Major Harris, or else your wife might turn veggie and ruin your future BBBQ! :laugh:

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PB,

Your suggestion of the Zoo reminds me of that one Simpsons episode when they went to the Zoo to entertain Maggie and Lisa ends up being a vegetarian, which results in the flying pig getting destroyed from Homer's BBBQ. Better watch out Major Harris, or else your wife might turn veggie and ruin your future BBBQ! :laugh:

You dont make friends with sal-AD!

You dont make friends with sal-AD!

:laugh:

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If you want an eduactional beach experience, I highly recommend taking your child to Ocean City, MD and saying to him or her, "See these people? Don't ever let yourself grow up to be like these people."

Edit: the boardwalk will the equivalent to his/her thesis.

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Visit the "High Country" Boone, Blowing Rock, Beech mountain, Banner Elk, Grandfather Mountin NC. Temps right now are in the low to mid 70's day and upper 50's at night. Plenty to do there and a half a day's drive. here's some links. My vacation home is 9 miles north of Boone.

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http://www.highcountryweather.com/

http://visitboonenc.com/

http://visitboonenc.com/article.htm?frontArticle=2

http://www.grandfather.com/

http://www.beechmtn.com/

http://www.visitblowingrock.com/home.cfm

http://www.highcountryhost.com/

http://www.highcountryoutdoors.com/

http://www.mountainsofnc.com/calendar.shtm

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I'm gonna recommend harpers ferry and the surrounding area. Harper's ferry itself is an interesting historical town. You can camp along the shanendoah river nearby and there are quite a few places where you can go tubing down the river. Been a favorite of mine for a while now.

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I'm gonna recommend harpers ferry and the surrounding area. Harper's ferry itself is an interesting historical town. You can camp along the shanendoah river nearby and there are quite a few places where you can go tubing down the river. Been a favorite of mine for a while now.

nice suggestion, but i live 7 miles from there. we're looking to get away for a few days. :laugh:

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My wife and I are going to Memphis this fall for a few days. Check out Graceland, Sun Studios , beale street and all of the old mansions on the river that they have open for tours.

You all are welcome to come with. :) There's no beach in Memphis, but they've got kick ass bbq and gambling in Tunica a few minutes south. :cheers:

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