Washington D.C. Day Trip Guide: Fredericksburg, Virginia
Just 50 miles south of downtown Washington, DC, lies the historic haven of Fredericksburg, Virginia, population 28,000. Steeped in rich colonial heritage and nestled along the Rappahannock River, this quaint town beckons visitors with its timeless charm and enchanting atmosphere.
Immerse yourself in the echoes of the past as you explore the cobblestone streets lined with beautifully preserved 18th-century buildings. Uncover the stories of Civil War battles and visit iconic landmarks like the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. Fredericksburg welcomes you to step back in time and experience the allure of its historic treasures.
Here’s a taste of what Fredericksburg has to offer.
Virginia Outdoor Center
Take a trip down the river by canoe, kayak, tube, or paddle board. Outdoor instruction available for rookies.
La Petite Auberge
"The Little Inn"
This spot in the historic district is known for its romantic ambiance and soft shell crab in the summer.
Fredericksburg Farmers Market
Fill your tote bag
Squeeze this in on a Saturday for fresh produce, baked goods, crafts and more from local farmers, food vendors, and artisans.
Dishes from across Italy
Wild boar pasta? Calzone? San Daniele pizza? You really can’t go wrong.
Specialty food store on Caroline Street
Step into Italy. Imported cheeses, meats, pastas, and sauces, plus coffee.
Agora Downtown Coffee Shop
Rev up with caffeine—and a read
Sisters own this adorable coffee spot that’s also a used book store.
Simply put, good food: shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, Rosie’s fried chicken, and much more.
River Rock Outfitter
For your outdoor adventure
A must-stop for apparel and gear for nature moments, as well as guided outdoor experiences.
Shop local artisans
Find a gem amid the fine art, ceramics, and handmade jewelry made by locals that Ponshop stocks.