. . . crossed the Potomac the low-tech way. There are faster ways to traverse the river. Have been for years. But racing across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge at 75 mph hardly compares to a lazy ride on the Jubal A. Early, the East Coast's last cable-guided freshwater ferry. Spanning the Potomac at a narrow spot between Poolesville, in western Montgomery County, and Leesburg, the ferry offers a shortcut to hundreds of commuters each day. For others, the ride -- with the placid river bubbling quietly under the chugging barge -- is the joyful end in itself.
White's Ferry docks at the end of White's Ferry roads in Montgomery and Loudoun counties. It runs from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily but may be closed for high water or icy conditions. Cars: $3 one way, $5 round trip. Pedestrians: 50 cents. 301-349-5200.
Know of a uniquely Washington area experience, a place you always take out-of-towners or the thing you'd miss most about the region?