Formerly a sleepy farm community 30 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Germantown, Maryland, has grown considerably over the last few decades. Its location allows tourists easy access to Washington, D.C. while also providing a release from the capitol's hustle and bustle. Germantown integrates rural nature and urban convenience, making vacation packages to Germantown quite popular.
While Germantown has boomed recently, its country roots are still evident. Take a trip to Seneca Creek State Park, which is a hotbed for outdoor activities and close to Germantown hotels. You can float or swim in Clopper Lake, take a kayak tour down Seneca Creek, embark on a hike or bike on the park's numerous wooded trails, or set up for a picnic. Speaking of picnics, Germantown offers perfect places to pick up food, as the Lancaster County Dutch Market is stocked with local produce. Also be sure to pick apples or sample cider from local orchards. After a day with nature you should head back into town. If you're into sports, Maryland SoccerPlex hosts the Washington Spirit of the North American Women's Soccer League in the spring and summer. If arts are more your speed, The BlackRock Center of the Arts hosts live concerts and has an art gallery and dance studio.
Germantown is a great place to dine if you are looking for diverse options. Century Boulevard is the main restaurant area in downtown Germantown and has everything from spicy Thai curries to hearty hamburgers. Middlebrook Road is close to hotels in Germantown and is a great place to find local Peruvian delights. The Churchill Town Sector is the bar area in Germantown, so head down there for a beer or a spirit while watching the game.
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