Shenandoah National Park, VA
Just 75 miles outside DC, Shenandoah National Park is a place of beauty and peace. Me and Nena decided to go explore with some friends, and ended up spending a whole day on a gorgeous natural escape.
We entered via the Front Royal entrance, about an hour and a half from the city. Shenandoah does charge a $15 fee to enter, but the pass lasts for a week and, as it turns out, the views made it well worth it. As with other national parks, there are also annual and lifetime passes available.