D.C. December 18, 2017
10 Winter Road Trips Near DC That Are Simply Unforgettable
Many Washingtonians enjoy vacation time and long weekends during the holiday season and in the winter. While we might not be able to quickly get to beaches and it might be a little too cold for winter hikes, DC is near some amazing winter destinations. These 10 places are the best winter road trips near DC.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Lancaster, PA
Lancaster is a two and a half hour drive from DC. It's best known as the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Between a peaceful countryside, family activities, light displays and shopping, it has something for everyone!
2. Williamsburg, VA
Williamsburg is a three drive from DC and it's a great spot for a long weekend. Experience history and charm in historic Williamsburg and take a visit to Busch Gardens for thrills.
3. Middleburg, VA
Middleburg is the nation's Horse and Hunt Capital. This little town 90 minutes outside of DC offers small town charm, beautiful countryside views, great restaurants and fantastic vineyards.
4. Shepherdstown, WV
Shepherdstown, West Virginia is a small town along the Potomac River. Stroll down main street and dine at independent restaurants before exploring the gorgeous landscape. Stay at the quaint Bavarian Inn for a rustic experience
5. McHenry, MD
McHenry is tucked away near Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland. If you're dreaming of a snowy winter, then you will want to make a drive to this remote spot for skiing at Wisp Park or long snowy walks in the woods.
6. Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem is in the heart of Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. In the winter, the town becomes "The Christmas City," a dynamic attraction featuring light displays, festivals and winter fun.
7. Tucker County, WV
Tucker County is the perfect destination if you are looking for winter adventures. It offers pristine wilderness, ski slopes at Canaan Valley, cross country ski trails at White Grass and gorgeous backcountry scenery.
8. Brandywine Valley
Brandywine Valley is between Delaware and Pennsylvania. It's home to gorgeous countryside, the stunning Longwood Gardens and will relax any stressed out Washingtonian with its peaceful vibe.
9. Frostburg, MD
Tucked away in the remote Frostburg, Maryland is Savage River Lodge. This gorgeous lodge sits on 700 acres of winter wonderland. It offers all the winter activities including snowshoeing, skiing and a warm fireplace to cozy up next to.
10. Charlottesville, VA
Historic Charlottesville is a wonderful winter destination. Washingtonians can explore the quaint downtown streets, experience history at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello or relax at one of their 30+ vineyards.
Where will you adventure this winter?
Keep exploring around DC on these not-to-miss day trips from DC!