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The 11-best Delaware, Maryland and Virginia beaches just a car ride away from Washington, DC

The 11-best Delaware, Maryland and Virginia beaches just a car ride away from Washington, DC

As increasing heat and humidity descends on the capital district, beach getaways will be in high demand. Whether you’ve lived in DC for years or are just in town for the summer, you will find yourself weighing a number of variables when deciding where you’ll make your escape to.

Each beach destination has their pros and cons, so we’ve compiled a list to help you sort things out.

From the bluffs of the Potomac to the coast of Delaware, these are the 11 best beaches within a one-day roundtrip of DC:

BEST: Sandy Point State Park

S Beach Rd, Annapolis, MD

Sandy Point is the ideal beach destination for DC residents. Just 39 miles (48 minutes) from Capitol Hill, this park’s beach is located right on the Chesapeake Bay and is lifeguarded from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The daily entrance fee is $5 for Maryland residents and $6 for out-of-state travelers. Fishing and crabbing is also permitted in designated areas.

Other Options…

2. Rehoboth Beach

Grenoble Pl, Rehoboth Beach, DE

2 hours and 33 minutes away, this is the closest DMV beach with Atlantic Ocean access and a full array of amenities, highlighted by a mile-long boardwalk with restaurants, arcade games, and a small amusement park. Crowned the “Nation’s Summer Capital,” this has been a popular getaway for generations of DC residents. For a slightly quieter option nearby, check out Bethany Beach (the next beach town over). 

3. Point Lookout State Park

11175 Point Lookout Rd, Scotland, MD

Hidden on the southern tip of Maryland, this former Prisoner-of-War camp is now a beach and Civil War Museum. Just under two hours away, this state park features areas for swimming, fishing, an expansive campground and Point Lookout Lighthouse. It’s not your conventional water and sand beach, and the fee is $7 for out-of-state visitors, but it’s a nice contrast from the office.

4. Ocean City

Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, MD

Just down the road from Rehoboth, Ocean City is the premier beach spot for Maryland residents.  All beaches are free, with the Atlantic on one side and a number of restaurants, shops and resorts on the other.

5. Virginia Beach:

Oceanfront Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA

It's  the farthest of the DMV’s best beaches, but distance is the only con. A good four hours removed from the District, Virginia Beach is a chain of free beaches, each with its own style to fit your beachgoing needs. Resort Beach is the most crowded with both amenities and, consequently, people. Sandbridge offers far more privacy, while Chick’s Beach is known for being extremely family friendly for young children.

6. Assateague Island National Seashore:

National Seashore Ln, Berlin, MD

Wild ponies. Picturesque sunsets. A VSCO-lovers dream and another markee beach location within a drive of DC. The Maryland portion of the 37 mile long park is 138 miles, or 3 hours, away. Cost is steep for day-trippers – $10 for a seven-day vehicle pass – and the island’s only lodging is campsites, but this National Park should be on every DMV residents’ bucket list.

7. Westmoreland State Park

145 Cliff Road, Montross, VA

Another check in both the family-friendly and distance boxes is Westmoreland State Park. Entrance fees are $7 for Virginia residents and $10 for out-of-state visitors, a small tax to pay for priceless views from the bluffs overlooking the Potomac or the myriad of prehistoric fossils scattered throughout the shore. “Fossil Beach” is 1 hour, 54 minutes away and also features swimming pools, hiking trails and camping sites.

8. Lewes Beach

Bay Ave, Lewes, DE

Another beach town in close proximity to Rehoboth is Lewes Beach. Located 2 hours and 36 minutes away, this is a quaint beach town with plenty of history, restaurants and shops. The beaches are free and lead into the Delaware Bay, so there are little to no waves compared to Rehoboth.

9. Colonial Beach:

McKinney Blvd, Colonial Beach, VA

Voted USA Today’s No. 1 beach in Virginia in 2018, Colonial Beach is another ideal DMV antidote to the summer heat. This beach is an hour and 52 minutes away and has the second-longest accessible shore in Virginia, not to mention you can visit the birthplace of George Washington and James Madison and watch bald eagles nest. ‘Merica.

10. Breezy Point Beach:

Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD

Another beach town within an hour of DC is Breezy Point Beach. Located on the tame surf of the Chesapeake Bay, this destination features a free half-mile beach and a 200-ft pier for fishing and crabbing.

11. Dewey Beach: 

Coastal Hwy, Dewey Beach, DE 

Day trips to this beach are not suggested unless you aren't the driver. This stretch of .3 square miles is littered with bars and clubs and has the unique advantage of Rehoboth Bay on one side and the ocean on the other. Just under 2.5 hours from Washington, this the spot for party-loving beachgoers. 

Whether you want a day off from work or a weekend with the whole family, these 11 DMV beaches and their surrounding towns have more than enough to keep you occupied this summer.


Iconic former boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies after being struck by car

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Iconic former boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies after being struck by car

Former boxing champion Pernell Whitaker has died after he was hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55.

Police in Virginia Beach on Monday say Whitaker was a pedestrian when struck by the car Sunday night. The driver remained on the scene, where Whitaker was pronounced dead.

Whitaker was an Olympic gold medalist and welterweight champion. He was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters.

Sweet Pea was his nickname, and it fit perfectly. Whitaker was a left-hander who slipped in and out of the pocket and rarely gave an opponent an opportunity to land a clean shot.

He won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, made his pro debut on national television, and was fighting for a major title by his 17th fight, a loss to Jose Luis Ramirez that he would avenge the next year.

NASCAR weekend recap: Kurt Busch outduels brother Kyle Busch in overtime at Kentucky

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NASCAR weekend recap: Kurt Busch outduels brother Kyle Busch in overtime at Kentucky

Were you not entertained?

Kurt Busch took his horse to the old down road and rode it 'till he couldn't no more (I'm sorry, I had to) in the Bluegrass State and beat his younger brother Kyle Busch in a thrilling overtime restart at Kentucky Speedway. The win was Busch's first of 2019 for him and Chip Ganassi Racing, 31st of his career and first for Chevrolet at the Sparta, Kentucky 1.5-mile oval.

Here's what went down this weekend in the racing world.

Brotherly Love

It came down to a two lap, overtime shootout between what we thought would be Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. But when the defending champion's No. 22 got a sub-par restart, that allowed Kurt Busch's No. 1 to get a good launch on the outside lane and get to the No. 18's right rear quarter panel.

And as they say, the rest was history.

"As we drove down into Turn 3 on the last lap, I just stared straight at his door," Kurt said of his brother. "I could see the No. 18 to my left and I never lifted until I heard him lift, and then I'm like, wait a minute, I've got to still miss the wall. And he gave me just enough room, as a true racer would or as my little brother would. But I'm really proud of the way that we finished this race 1-2, put on one hell of a show, one of those old-school type races where it's two guys duking it out."

"Just happened to be brothers, different manufacturers," he said. "But this one, I can't wait to go watch the video of and tell people about it and show the sport of NASCAR and the production and the pride that everybody has to try to get to Victory Lane was shown in those last few laps."

Points Still Matter

With the advent of the new "win and you're win" playoff format introduced prior to the 2014 season, the long-stated "good points day" type of race became a thing of the past ... or did it?

With the advent of stages prior to the start of the 2017 season, points racing and points in general became a bit more important. Sure, winning still is the end all be all at the end of the day. But for those drivers who aren't the Joe Gibbs Racing's and Team Penske's of the world, A.K.A. winning week in and week out, stage points and scoring points in general are just as important as ever.

Especially on the bubble, as NASCAR.com's Terrin Waack exemplified prior to Kentucky, comparing William Byron and Clint Bowyer's recent weeks.

Partially due to Byron's new crew chief and seven-time champion Chad Knaus, the No. 24 seems to be on his way to qualifying for the playoffs and possibly earning his first victory in what has been a rapid ascent to NASCAR's top series. Byron, however, was in position to challenge for the victory but was penalized for a restart violation, ironically against Bowyer.

Bowyer came home sixth, a solid run in a summer stretch that has been marred by a lack of points and finishes for the No. 14 camp.

Playoff Push

Believe it or not, Kentucky marked the final 1.5-mile track in the regular season. From here on out until the playoffs, New Hampshire (one mile), Pocono (2.5 miles), Watkins Glen (road course), Michigan (two miles), Bristol (half-mile), Darlington (1.3 miles) and Indianapolis (2.5 miles) make up the next stretch of races.

With only seven events remaining before the playoffs are set, those below the cut line will become more aggressive on track and with strategy on pit road.

Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Paul Menard currently sit below the cut line, while Erik Jones occupies the final spot on the heels of his third-place finish at Kentucky. Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Kyle Larson narrowly are in the clear--for now.


This upcoming weekend, NASCAR travels to The Magic Mile and New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301, scheduled to go green on Sunday afternoon (July 21) at 3:30 p.m. EST on NBCSN.