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Sometimes, there’s nothing better than taking a break from city life, getting in your car, and driving off into the countryside. If you’re in need of a destination during this impromptu journey, set your sights on Assateague Island. Home to a herd of wild horses enthralling enough to drag anyone away from their house–The Rolling Stones included–Assateague Island is a great place to spend a few relaxed days without having to pony up piles of money. And since, in the words of Dan Eldon, “The Journey is the Destination,” this week’s Travel Bug has a slight “road trip” twist. So, settle in to the passenger seat, and see where these words take you.
1. En route, satisfy your midday hunger at the Wildflower Cafe in Easton, Maryland. Choose from a tantalizing list of fresh, healthy, hands-down-delicious sandwiches, soups, and salads on this lunch’s cafe’s ever-changing menu. If the weather’s nice, nab a seat at their airy patio, full of verdant plants and rustic red brick. After lunch, wander the town’s historic center, and admire the quaint architecture of the adorable old houses.
2. When you arrive in Assateague, pitch a tent in the State Park Campgrounds. (Reservations are available online.) Camping doesn’t get cozier than a plot of sand in this little Eden. The bathhouses have flush toilets and hot showers, and the sand makes for a comfy camping ground. When you’re all set up, walk over the neighboring dunes, and spend some time on the beach!
3. Up in the morning with the golden sun, there’s nothing better to do than take a walk. Head out of the campground’s entrance, and take the short trek out to the island’s entryway bridge. Assateague’s famed wild horses are easy to spot in the marshlands you’ll pass, and the footpath alongside the high bridge offers a breathtaking view of the landscape.
4. After you’ve got your breath of fresh air, hop in the car and follow the bucolically beautiful drive to Chincoteague. Poke around the picturesque town’s small shops before heading over the bridge to Assateague’s nature reserve, accessible only from Chincoteague. Climb the candy-striped lighthouse if it’s open, or just enjoy a stroll through one of the park’s pretty paths.
5. Once you’ve got your fill of the outdoors, motor on over to Ocean City. Full of beachy Americana and kitsch, a stroll on the ‘OC’ boardwalk will provide a great daytime diversion, whether you’re hoping to fly kites on the shore or snack on scads of saltwater taffy.
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