Fredericksburg, Va.

<b>Distance from Baltimore:</b> 100 miles, less than a two-hour drive<br>
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<b>Why it's worth the gas:</b> It's the boyhood home of George Washington. Antiques shops, modern galleries, venerable old houses turned into B&Bs all compete for your attention with museums, Civil War battlefields and historic churches.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> Goolrick's Pharmacy (901 Caroline St., 540-373-9878). Said to be the oldest continuously operating drugstore soda fountain in the country, it offers real malted milks from hand-dipped ice cream, and lunch counter sandwiches.<br>
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<b>Information:</b> Fredericksburg Visitor Center, visitfred.com

( Jerry Jackson, Baltimore Sun / July 15, 2000 )

Distance from Baltimore: 100 miles, less than a two-hour drive

Why it's worth the gas: It's the boyhood home of George Washington. Antiques shops, modern galleries, venerable old houses turned into B&Bs all compete for your attention with museums, Civil War battlefields and historic churches.

Don't miss: Goolrick's Pharmacy (901 Caroline St., 540-373-9878). Said to be the oldest continuously operating drugstore soda fountain in the country, it offers real malted milks from hand-dipped ice cream, and lunch counter sandwiches.

Information: Fredericksburg Visitor Center, visitfred.com

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