Photos: One Tank Escapes for 8 Cities

Each of these one-of-a-kind locales is a short drive from a major urban area—all you need is a weekend and a tank of gas.

  1. Shenandoah National Park is a short drive from Washington, D.C., and offers unparalleled hiking trails.

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  2. Blackberry ice cream pie at Pollock Dining Room’s taproom at Skyland Resort Lodge

    (ARAMARK Parks and Destinations)
  3. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt stayed at Mimslyn Inn while hubby FDR was roughing it in nearby Shenandoah National Park.

    (Courtesy Mimslyn Inn)
  4. California's Napa Valley is wine-tasting central, less than 60 miles from San Francisco.

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  5. Bouchon Bakery makes Thomas Keller's amazing desserts available to even the most frugal gourmand.

    (Sara Davis)
  6. Tubing on the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, is a stay-cool summer tradition.

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  7. Oregon orchards like this one, with Mt Hood in background, are what gave the Fruit Loop drive its name.

    (Lisa Selfridge)
  8. Journeyman Distillery's tasting room offers visitors organic bourbon.

    (Courtesy Journeyman Distillery)
  9. A lantern-lit guided evening tour of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where author Washington Irving—creator of the Headless Horseman—is buried.

    (Courtesy Sleepy Hollow Cemetery)
  10. Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate, just north of New York City.

    (Mike Hales)
  11. The Picasso Room at Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate.

    (Mike Hales)
  12. Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, in Clarskville, Tennessee, is famous for its Barnstormer Red Ale.

    (Courtesy Blackhorse Pub & Brewery)
  13. The Elms Resort and Spa, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, was allegedly once the site of parties thrown by ganster Al Capone.

    (Courtesy Elms Resort and Spa)
  14. Hall of Waters and Cultural Museum houses the world's longest water bar.

    (Courtesy Hall of Waters)

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