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Getaway Guide to mid-week destinations

July 04, 2018 - 4:06 pm

By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- As the holiday week comes to a close, summer destination vacations take a serious upswing. Crowds grow and so does weekend traffic. Restaurant reservations become tougher to score and there are lines for everything from popsicles to pony rides. It's time to think and travel mid-week. How about some of the spots we shunned in a crowd-avoidance mood over the holiday, even those with historical significance? Here's a sampling of spots that provide vacation fun and a glance into America's past.

LAKE CHAMPLAIN REGION

This long scenic lake that separates New York from Vermont was a vital liquid highway between Ticonderoga and Quebec. On its fringe you'll find the majestic beauty and rugged recreational region of the Adirondack Mountains and the pristine relaxation of the Vermont waterside. Your focal historical attraction here is Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga
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It was the portal of invasion for British forces sailing against revolutionary troops. This storied fortress is a vast canvas of changing military fortunes. A mid-week family vacation that provides recreation for the kids, adult dining for couples and a historical interlude is a stay at Basin Harbor, Vermont, less than 45 minutes from the fort. Rent a lakeside cottage or stay at the Inn. Bring your own boat or use one of theirs. Go fishing, play tennis or golf. And if you have a plane, they have a strip.

Basin Harbor
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WILLIAMSBURG 

A mid-week summer stay in historic Williamsburg is an immersion into the everyday life of a Colonial in the seat of territorial British Government. It's a place where the seeds of revolution were planted in meeting houses and taverns. Have dinner and be served and musically entertained in colonial fashion at one of the preserved taverns. Explore the Governor's Palace and take part in a courthouse trial. Go for a carriage ride. Then, there are golf courses, nearby resort hotels, and for the kids, the excitement of high soaring roller coaster action at Busch Gardens. 

Williamsburg Ox Cart
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FORT MCHENRY 

Go back in time while enjoying the amenities of today. Guarding the entrance to Baltimore's unique Inner Harbor is Fort McHenry, where the most famous of American flags is flying. Not the original, but impressive, nevertheless. The original was the one that Francis Scott Key saw as defenders of the fort battled the invading British fleet during the War of 1812. It was the keystone of the Star Spangled Banner. Stay at one of the hotels ringing the Inner Harbor. Reach the fort by water taxi. Take a cruise on the harbor and Patapsco River. Feast on Maryland steamed crabs. Dine in Little Italy or one of the Harbor's Seafood eateries. Visit the National Aquarium and the historical ship collection. Finally, walk to Camden Yards to watch the Orioles. I know - last place. But the stadium and it's food are still fun.

Fort McHenry
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GETTYSBURG 

The words of Abraham Lincoln echo through the town and region that saw one of the most important battles of the Civil War. The battlefield has been immaculately maintained. You can even see it as Rebel and Yankee officers did on horseback, in the saddle of a novice friendly mount. If you can score a room, stay in the heart of town at the Vintage Gettysburg Hotel. Modern amenities in a historic facade. Walk to restaurants or drive about a mile to the 18th century Dobbin House, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Dine in period rooms and from a menu that replicates Civil War era fare. They can even put you up in one of their cozy bed and breakfast rooms. Tour the Scenic Adams County countryside and its wineries or golf at nearby Carroll Valley.

Gettysburg Battlefield
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STATUE OF LIBERTY/ELLIS ISLAND 

Make it a summer in the city - New York City. With immigration high on many of our minds. Answer the youngsters questions with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Stay at a lower Manhattan hotel near Battery Park. That's where you'll find the ferry for a ride to both islands. Ellis Island holds the story of our immigrant past while the Statue of Liberty was their welcoming beacon. Nearby at 36 Lispenard Street you find a marker for the Underground Railroad stop where Frederick Douglass arrived as an escaped slave on his journey through New York. Just a short walk brings you to the Museum of the American Indian for a dramatic view into the life of the nation's earliest residents. Then, tour the New York Tenement Museum to visit apartments once occupied by the hordes of European immigrants and later Asian and Hispanic arrivals who populated the Lower East Side. And while you're there, grab a pastrami on rye at Katz's Deli, Then visit neighboring Chinatown and Little Italy.

statue of liberty
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Enjoy!