Top 10 West Virginia Getaways

Spas, casino, whitewater rapids and history: West Virginia is a perfect place to play when you're looking to escape the DMV area.

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Whether you're looking to hit a casino or paddle the whitewater rapid, West Virginia is a perfect place to play when you're looking to escape the DMV area.
ACE Adventure
You can use ACE Adventure (Minden Road, Oak Hill, W.V.) as a home base (both mountain-top camping and chalets are available) while you go whitewater rafting on the nearby New River Gorge -- but if you stick around, you can play like a kid in the ACE Adventure Park and Lake, billed as "part water park, part climbing gym, and all kinds of awesome." We've been there, and we agree with this assertion. DISTANCE: 325 miles from downtown D.C.
Travel Berkeley Springs
Want to experience a day of relaxation? Try heading to the scenic Berkeley Springs Spa (127 Fairfax St., Berkeley Springs, W.V.), where you can enjoy warm natural mineral springs, exquisite dining and a plethora of outdoor activities like golf, hiking and swimming. Berkeley Springs also includes excellent boutiques for shopping and year-round entertainment with live music and theater. DISTANCE: 106 miles from downtown D.C.
Whether you’re interested in the slot machines or the races, take a gamble and head over to Hollywood Casino (750 Hollywood Drive, Charlestown, W.V.), where you'll find more than 100 table games and 3,500 slots. If you love the excitement of thoroughbred racing, head on down to Charles Town Races. DISTANCE: 65 miles from downtown D.C.
Where can you go to relax or get your blood pumping? Take a trip to Canaan Valley Resort (230 Main Lodge Road, Davis, W.V.), where you can clear your head with countryside golfing, or go hiking and biking through meadows and streams. Ditch the indoor lifestyle and go outside for a game of paintball or go rock climbing. Hitting it up in the winter? Go skiing, snowboarding or tubing. DISTANCE: 185 miles from downtown D.C.
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Bond with nature and take a scenic horseback ride through Horseshoe Creek (Smales Branch Road, Hico, W.V.). Enjoy the breathtaking West Virginia mountains, go for a relaxing carriage ride or stroll through the forest. For those who really want a taste of West Virgina’s outdoors, try an overnight ride, camping out in the wilderness near a campfire under the stars. DISTANCE:307 miles from downtown D.C.
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Want an adrenaline pumping-adventure that will have you racing over dirt paths on a monster ATV? Check out Burning Rock (191 Burning Rock Drive, Sophia, W.V.), where you can also zipline across lush forests and sleep in a rustic cabin during your trip. While you’re there, be sure to take in the picturesque views of New River Gorge. DISTANCE: 316 miles from downtown D.C.
Soar over tress while you're 200 feet in the air at Gravity New Gorge Zip Lines (219 Chestnutburg Road, Lansing, W.V.). Let the fresh air blow through your hair and enjoy the views of the valleys below. Gravity has the longest zipline on the East Coast. Your tour starts out with 500-foot warmup zips. By the last ride, you’ll be able to kick it up a notch by crossing a distance of 3100 feet at more than 50 mph! DISTANCE: 320 miles from downtown D.C.
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The Bavarian Inn (164 Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, W.V.) is a romantic chalet nestled in the West Virginia countryside. Take your S.O. out for a European-inspired getaway overlooking the Potomac River. Head into town for restaurants, spas and shops such as Plum to find handcrafted jewelry. It's also an easy walk or bike ride to the C&O Canal path. DISTANCE: 75 miles from downtown D.C.
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Step back into time in historic Harpers Ferry, W.V., where you can tour the John Brown Museum to learn about the pre-Civil War armory raid, tiny shops and a historic cemetery. Take a short trip on the Appalachian Trail, or a scarier trek with a ghost tour. DISTANCE: About 65 miles from downtown D.C.
Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
The Mardis Gras West Virginia Casino and Resort (1 Greyhound Drive, Cross Lanes, W.V.) combines the flavor of New Orleans with the glamour of Las Vegas, featuring several casino and poker games with a lavish Creole-style resort. Also, check out the French Quarter restaurant for some fine NoLA-themed dining, or bet your stakes high with the thrilling Greyhound racing event. DISTANCE: 345 miles from downtown D.C.
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