Fredericksburg, Va.

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,
Jerry Jackson, Baltimore Sun
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