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Take an East Coast Road Trip

All summer long you’ve talked about taking that road trip. Now that the calendar reads August, and the days are starting to get shorter, it’s time to make it happen. A collection of deals from this week’s Top 20 newsletter happen to chart out the perfect path for a week of exploring and experiencing some of the best the East Coast has to offer. So, round up your friends, download some new music, get the oil changed and set your sights for the open road – at a savings of as much as 70% per night.

Depart from New York and leave busy city life behind. First stop? Gettysburg, Pa. The Gettysburg National Military Park is the obvious must-see, but this small city lures visitors with its regional wines shown off on extensive winery tours, prime hiking and picnic spots,  myriad antique shops and more. Through autumn, The Lodges at Gettysburg is offering Travelzoo subscribers a stay in a stone cottage with a fireplace for 45% off current rates. At $79 per night, this offer comes with breakfast before you hit the road.

From here, set the GPS for Flintstone, Md. Rocky Gap State Park is known for its mountains as well as its waterfront. Fishing is a favorite activity there as well as kayaking, hiking and bicycling. Right outside the park is the AAA 4-Diamond Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort. On stays through September, rooms are more than 70% off regular rates.

Next stop is the nation’s capital, home to cultural and historical attractions aplenty. A way to keep costs down in Washington, D.C., is to check out one of the 17 Smithsonian museums (most of which do not charge admission fees) or free performances at the Kennedy Center. Travelzoo Deal Experts have negotiated a deal with the Twilight Tours company in D.C., which offers an array of sightseeing options -- from walks to bus trips -- for 50% off current prices. And another popular attraction is the National Harbor, the only true waterfront in the area. This spot is home to a fun mix of nightlife, dining and shopping as well as a hip hotel with rooms at $99 per night.

A short drive away is Baltimore, and before you leave home, be sure to download the free app for visitors created by the tourism group there. With it you can navigate to the most popular and the most off-the-beaten paths across the city. Built up an appetite? Try Ciao Bella in Little Italy, a spot where Zagat says “you'll feel like part of the family.” (Book soon! Offer ends Friday.) In summer, the must-see spot is the Inner Harbor, the place for The National Aquarium, cruises, shops and more. Rest your head at an Inner Harbor hotel, with rates discounted by 40% through mid-September.

Last stop before returning to the Big Apple will welcome you with open arms. Late summer and early fall is considered one of the best times to visit the City of Brotherly Love. The best way to see the sites in Philadelphia is to ditch the car and walk the centuries-old streets. See the architecture of Old City and Society Hill and the charming residential areas that have sprung up around Washington and Rittenhouse squares. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without a stop by the Liberty Bell. Cap off the visit at Winthorpe & Valentine at The Westin in Rittenhouse Square, which is offering a three-course meal with drinks for $55. Nearby, an elegant hotel has cut rates 25% through Sept. 5. and provides free valet for its guests. Cap off your trip with a stop by the Liberty Bell as you leave Philly for the drive back north.

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Deal Expert, New York
Thursday, August 4, 2011
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