7 Scenic Day Trips with Spectacular Views
By car, train, bicycle or foot, head outside to take in these unforgettable vistas.
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Two rivers meet here to become one, but you’re not in Pittsburgh anymore.
Leave the car behind and take the train to Harpers Ferry, with bicycles in tow. You’ll find this the perfect destination for the cyclist, hiker, photographer, Civil War buff or shopper in your group. For the best view, climb the railroad bridge walkway and look down to the Potomac River at your left and the Shenandoah River at your right; just ahead, they meet to form the Chesapeake Bay. You’re now seeing West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia all at once. The Civil War was disastrous for the small town but reconstructed and restored buildings and museums dot the streets for an immersive step back in time.
For other ideas while you're there.
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, 171 Shoreline Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Travel time: 3½ hrs by car,
6 hrs by train
The beautiful St. Peter’s Catholic Church up several flights of rough-hewn stairs to the hilltop, as well as the John Brown Museum in the Historic District.
Fees & Hours
Vehicle pass, $15 per vehicle; individual pass, $7 per person on foot or bicycle; motorcycle pass, $10. Open year-round; museums open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Historic District is a bit hilly but easily walkable if you take your time.