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Bucks County, Doylestown, Pa.
Distance from Baltimore: 133 miles, about 2 hours and 50 minute drive.
Why it's worth the gas: William Penn founded Bucks County in 1682. The historic area attracts visitors for its heritage, historic sites, outdoor recreation, wineries, and covered bridges. It's a great place to bring the family or escape to for a daylong getaway.
Don't miss: A tour of Fonthill Castle. The castle is on a 60-acre land and made of solid cement. Henry Mercer, who supplemented a family fortune by designing, manufacturing and selling decorative tiles from Pennsylvania's clay, built the home in 1908. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday and noon to 5p.m. on Sunday. East Court Street & Route 313 Doylestown, PA 18901. Call 215-348-9461 or visit http://www.mercermuseum.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets range from $6 to $12.
Information: 3207 Street Rd. Bensalem, PA 19020, 215-639-0300 or go to www.visitbuckscounty.com