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There is certainly no shortage of “Hot Travel Destinations” or “Best Places to Visit” lists circulating these days. But we find that most of these lists include many of the usual or well-known travel destinations. Why not add a twist to your traditional travel list this year and add an off-t…

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One of the nearest counties to Washington D.C. and other cities, Hardy County, West Virginia, offers a wide range of family getaways. Only 2 hours and 15 minutes from the nation’s capital, it was founded in 1786 as a spinoff of Hampshire County and is named for Samuel Hardy, a Virginian. Fro…

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Find picturesque views, crystal clear waters and plenty of room to set up camp for a weekend escape when you visit Mountaineer Country. Located in north central West Virginia, Mountaineer Country offers travelers rolling hills, mountainous terrain, breathtaking views and shaded forest paths.…

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Virginia’s Crossroads is a region of South Central Virginia that spans 11 counties, two cities, a few state and national parks plus rivers and lakes. A rich tapestry of historical sites, outdoor recreational, adventure, culture and leisure activities await those who visit. Why not plan your …

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The Altoona region and Pennsylvania’s Blair County open a window onto dramatic episodes from this nation’s past. At Fort Roberdeau, visitors can troop to the colors in a reconstruction of a Revolutionary War fort. Railroad enthusiasts can track the course of railroad history at the Altoona R…

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After last year’s hiatus due to COVID-19 guidelines, music enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Berks Jazz Fest returns to Reading, Pa. Held from Aug. 13-22, this year marks the festival’s 30th anniversary. Spectators can view an impressive lineup of both returning and new artists at sev…

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It’s an old adage: “Timing is everything,” and timing couldn’t be better for Howard County, Maryland’s Restaurant Weeks. From July 12 through 25, celebrate the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel by enjoying “Summer Menus, Big Flavors” at more than 30 participating restaurants throughout…

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Great wilderness and outdoor adventure has always been a stark contrast to the concrete jungle of D.C. or the gridlock of traffic that surrounds it. Many folks wish they could get away but lack the money or the time to do it. One such destination is The Allegheny National Forest (ANF). Many …

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I experienced a gastronomic classic in a backroads café in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The place was an absolute hole-in-the-wall, but it served barbecue: Not some catsup-infused ground meat foisted by barbecue imposters; but, real slow-cooked-til’-it-could-be-shredded-with-a-fork pork! He…

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There are many reasons to visit lighthouses. Visitors enjoy the beauty of the scenic locations and like to capture the romance of lighthouses in photographs. Others want to see how lighthouse keepers and their families lived. Some are interested in the architecture of a lighthouse and its te…

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When you are looking for summer fun, make Deep Creek Lake your destination. Located in the mountains of Western Maryland, this four-season vacation getaway is within three hours, or less, from the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area.

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This month, Recreation News is teaming up with the Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania, to give away tickets and a getaway for two. Scroll down to fill out the form and enter to win. 

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The Laurel Highlands region of Pennsylvania continues to be one of my favorite places to visit — it’s secluded, while still having plenty to do; it’s absolutely beautiful (I mean, the waterfalls!); and it’s a perfect place to add into a trip to Pittsburgh or Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Now that a hybrid school year of online and in-person classes is coming to a close for many, families will no doubt be looking for opportunities to spend time together out of the house and away from the computer. Less than an hour away from D.C., Howard County has an outdoor getaway in store…

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After months of breathing stale air and staring at the same boring view from your window, you’re aching for a change. Quick! Cross the Bay Bridge and head for Somerset County, where fresh air and wide-open spaces beckon. With 600 miles of shoreline, open vistas, and impressive forests, it’s …

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West Virginia’s Tygart Lake State Park, four hours west of D.C., has been called West Virginia’s best-kept secret for years. Now, with splashy new waterpark features, float excursions and active water adventures, word is getting out about the 10-mile long mountain lake.

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Less than an hour from our nation’s capital lies Charles County, Maryland, which hugs the Potomac and Wicomico Rivers near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Most known for its scenic backroads, bald eagle nesting areas and convenient access to waterfront activities, Charles County brings fami…

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Is your face chafing from wearing masks? Have your hands chapped from all the sanitizing? Are you constantly calculating a 6-foot distance from everyone? Well, maybe you oughta’ take it outside!

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Spring has sprung and it is time to pack your bags for an epic WanderLOVE road trip to Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Once you cross our causeway surrounded by marshes that are turning greener by the day, it is time to leave the road behind and take to the trails to discover our outdoor splendor.

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In central Virginia lies a charming town in Prince Edward County named Farmville. Home to a variety of eclectic activities and attractions, Farmville is a magnet for visitors with a knack for arts and history. The area’s museums, shops, and galleries make up the perfect day trip for anyone l…

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As we continue through our second year of social distancing, wearing masks and enforcing public safety, some of our favorite indoor activities become possible again. However, with a newfound appreciation for outdoor activities that give us a little more breathing room, destinations with a mi…

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The seventh-generation Clark family farm at 10500 Clarksville Pike near Ellicott City is in the business of selling its own produce, but also has created a wonderland for families. Meet the goats, pigs, sheep, donkeys, chickens, emus, ducks, rabbits and more at Clark’s Elioak Petting Farm, a…

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TRIANGLE, VA - The National Museum of the Marine Corps (NMMC) will reopen to the public on 17 May, after a temporary closure related to COVID-19. The Museum team is excited to welcome visitors while taking great care to ensure the wellbeing of visitors, volunteers, and staff.

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Civil War Trails, Inc. has teamed up with Fairfax County Parks and Recreation, Old Baldy Civil War Round Table and several local stakeholders to launch a new bilingual sign at Ox Hill Battlefield Park. This new sign offers a new amenity for the many Korean and Spanish speaking residents and …

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The Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has recently received the highest designation a road can receive from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration — an All-American Road. Forty-nine new designations as an All-American Road in 28 state…

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Home to historic Ellicott City, Patapsco State Park trails and countless culinary destinations, Howard County is known for its wide range of activities and attractions all within one central location. Adding to the list of things to do in Howard County is its variety of museums and galleries.

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In the oldest house in one of West Virginia’s oldest towns, a major restoration has begun. Moorefield’s Robert Higgins House, completed in 1788 by a Revolutionary War officer, is being transformed into a museum that will interpret the regional history this house witnessed.

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While many people travel to Mountaineer Country to enjoy the great outdoors, there are quite a few attractions that provide another reason to visit. The area around Morgantown, West Virginia, is home to a wide mix of museums that offer visitors everything from the chance to view modern and f…

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Since 1920, the Monongahela National Forest, or “Mon Forest” as the locals call it, covers about a million acres of National Forest system lands in the north central highlands of West Virginia. This ecologically diverse land has elevations ranging from less than 1,000 feet to a whopping 4,86…

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National Geographic states “America’s newest national park is a haven for hiking, climbing, and rafting. West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is well-suited to welcoming adventurers in a time of pandemic.” And we are lucky to have this gem so close to us we can drive th…

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What is there not to love about a small town? Quaint beautiful places where you meet your friends at a baseball game. Places where you share a pot-luck supper at a neighbor’s house, gather for a picnic in the park or enjoy a sundae at a local ice cream shop. Places where you still keep up wi…

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With spring bringing an end to a particularly snowy and distanced winter, it’s no wonder folks are itching for weekend vacations to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and longer days. However, with social restrictions still in place, spring fever poses a new challenge for travelers as c…

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When Larry Lange retired from the Department of Justice, he focused on finding the perfect retirement lifestyle. At Buckingham’s Choice, a premier Acts Retirement-Life Community in Frederick County, MD, Larry chose a charming cottage on the beautifully situated campus and selected his favori…

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For rest and relaxation, Shenandoah National Park is a natural choice. This is the escape you need. Skyland, Big Meadows Lodge and Lewis Mountain Cabins are located right inside the park, which helps you see more of it.

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“Everything is open for business in Wytheville,” says Shane Terry of the Wytheville Convention and Visitors Bureau. With terrific cultural amenities and the lure of surrounding mountains and streams, Wytheville is the envy of many communities this spring. Here, at the crossroads of the Blue …

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Established in 2004, Virginia’s Civil Rights Education in Heritage Trail features local landmarks that tell the story of the Civil Rights struggles and triumphs for African Americans, Native Americans and women in Virginia. Originally comprising of 41 unique sites, Virginia’s Crossroads has …