The Mid-Atlantic region contains layers of history. At Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, settled in 1607, you can travel the Historic Virginia Road Trip
and learn about American history in colonial-style buildings. What’s also important to note is that despite freedom being the rallying cry for many, captive Africans were brought to these same shores in 1619. This led to the scourge of slavery and eventual open conflict between North and South.
Therefore, no discussion of road trips in the Mid-Atlantic is complete unless we mention Civil War sites
. Located primarily in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia, these Mid-Atlantic battlegrounds contain unforgettable options for sightseeing.
For an in-depth journey through American history, take the 180-mile, multistate Hallowed Ground Historic Byway. The first two routes, Pennsylvania’s Journey Through Hallowed Ground
andMaryland’s Journey Through Hallowed Ground Historic Byway Road Trip
, are more northern and contain some of the most well-known Civil War battlefields. Heading south, you’ll reach Virginia’s Northern Journey Through Hallowed Ground Historic Byway Road Trip
, which navigates through Culpeper, Va., a wine-producing region, on toward the presidential homes located in Virginia’s Southern Journey Through Hallowed Ground Historic Byway
Planning a Mid-Atlantic family road trip? Here are two options, which touch on the Civil War but also offer fun things to see:
• This road trip is rich with unique American themes that range from the quest for religious freedom by the Amish and Mennonite culture to Gettysburg and Milton S. Hershey’s American dream.
• Circle back to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., after you appreciate Northern Virginia’s colorful history and foliage (which, it must be said, is equally good in spring if you’re interested in D.C.’s cherry blossom season).
For a route that’s historic in itself, consider traveling the Historic National Road, the first federally funded highway. Options include: Maryland’s Historic National Road
, Pennsylvania’s Historic National Road Trip
and West Virginia’s Historic National Road Trip