Photos: One Tank Escapes for 8 Cities

Shenandoah ValleyBlackberry Ice Cream PieMimslyn Inn
Napa ValleyBouchon BakeryComal River
Orchardtasting room Sleepy Hollow cemetery
Rockefeller Estate Picasso roomBlackhorse Pub & Brewery
Elms Resort and SpaHall of Waters
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Shenandoah National Park is a short drive from Washington, D.C., and offers unparalleled hiking trails.

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

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First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt stayed at Mimslyn Inn while hubby FDR was roughing it in nearby Shenandoah National Park.

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California's Napa Valley is wine-tasting central, less than 60 miles from San Francisco.

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

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Tubing on the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, is a stay-cool summer tradition.

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

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Journeyman Distillery's tasting room offers visitors organic bourbon.

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

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Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate, just north of New York City.

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The Picasso Room at Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate.

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Blackhorse Pub & Brewery, in Clarskville, Tennessee, is famous for its Barnstormer Red Ale.

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The Elms Resort and Spa, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, was allegedly once the site of parties thrown by ganster Al Capone.

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Hall of Waters and Cultural Museum houses the world's longest water bar.

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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.

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