First Landing State Park is about 200 miles southeast of Washington. Take Interstate 95 south to I-295 south and then I-64 east to exit 282. Head north on U.S. 13/Northampton Boulevard, then take the U.S. 60 east/Shore Drive exit. The state park entrance will be on the left.
To reach Kiptopeke State Park from First Landing, retrace your steps by going west on U.S. 60/Shore Drive. Merge onto U.S. 13 north and head across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. On the Eastern Shore, turn left on Arlington Road and then left on Kiptopeke Drive.
To continue to Assateague State Park, head north on U.S. 13. Near Pocomoke City, Md., take U.S. 113 north. At Berlin, turn right on Assateague Road and follow Maryland Route 611/Stephen Decatur Highway to the park.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Cape Charles
235 Mason Ave.
Cape Charles, Va.
Immaculate new hotel close to the water in a charming town. Rooms from $160.
2 N. Main St.
Recently updated 1895 hotel, still with Victorian accents. Rooms from $140.
WHERE TO EAT
4097 Shore Drive
Pick up items for a gourmet picnic, or grab lunch to go. Sandwiches from $5.99.
Brown Dog Ice Cream
203 Mason Ave.
New, old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Cups and cones from $2.75.
Kelly’s Gingernut Pub
133 Mason Ave.
Local hangout in an old bank. Entrees from $9.50.
Cape Charles Coffee House
241 Mason Ave.
Perfect spot for a leisurely morning meal. Breakfast from around $6.
WHAT TO DO
First Landing State Park
2500 Shore Drive
Daily sunrise to sunset (day passes expire at 10 p.m.). Weekdays $4 per car, $5 weekends.
Kiptopeke State Park
3540 Kiptopeke Drive
Daily 8 a.m. to dusk. Weekdays $3 per car, $4 weekends.
Assateague State Park
6915 Stephen Decatur Hwy.
Daily 9 a.m.-sunset. Maryland residents $4 per person, $6 non-residents.