Harper's Ferry offers small, free history museums, beautiful views, nature walks, unique small shops and an increasing variety of restaurants. A little more than an hour from Washington, the steep inclines of this town nestled at the confluence of two rivers, offers a good workout in addition to the history. The National Park Service continues to add to the displays; the John Brown Museum offers interactive computer displays and short movies, along with historical pictures and artifacts. There's also a small, but decent book store with unique reads on the Civil War and local history. Walk across the railroad trestle across one river and you can walk on a level path or hike up a strenuous path for gorgeous view of the whole area (you have to navigate steps, however). While the Park Service encourages you to park at a visitor's center a short drive away, we can usually find free, three-hour parking all the way in town near the train station (drive as far as you can to the last left). There is handicapped parking there, too. The restaurants can be a little pricey and some only accept cash, but the location is fun. Follow the steps up past the prominent church up the hill and continue on the steps to the cemetery above with spectacular views of the river valley and town below.
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