9.5 hours, 606 miles
If you’re part of the lucky set of folks who snagged tickets to the new National Museum of African American History & Culture in DC before they sold out, you’re in for culinary delights at the museum’s Sweet Home Café alongside historical exhibits at a museum that was long overdue.
Where to stop:
Make the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia, one of the sites you see along the way. This sprawling stone building served as a mental health facility until it was closed in 1994, when presumably it was discovered haunted buildings aren’t so great for your psyche. You can get wild with a ghost tour or go mild and do a heritage tour.
This is your last chance to take in the oddity that is Lawyer’s Farm in Thurmont, Maryland. For the low, low price of $7 -- plus an additional $10 if you want to take your turn on the pumpkin cannon (you do) -- you can tour this fully operational hay farm, which also happens to be a pumpkin patch, littered with zip lines, corn mazes, giant robots, and an equally giant teepee.