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One of the best ways to get to know a place is to talk with the locals — not only are they familiar with the destination, but they know what makes it special year-round. In Maryland’s Somerset County, this means extending the laid-back, nature-loving way of life into another season.

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Regardless of age, who among us does not enjoy wearing a costume and playing the role of a character we have read about or studied in history? Who doesn’t want to be a lord or lady for a day? Or cheer for our favorite knight during a jousting tournament? Or shop for treasures from the past a…

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Autumn is a busy time of year in Indiana County, with a number of seasonal festivals and activities back after a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And Laura Herrington, executive director of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, couldn't be happier.

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When we told friends that we would be camping for an entire week in the middle of August near the shore, they thought we were crazy. “Won’t it be hot?” was the response we mostly received.

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Newport News, a Virginia tidewater city rooted in the 1600s, is a technological and cultural ready for discovery. Today’s lively arts scene involves performing arts, public sculpture, visual arts and, above all, the art and design of boatbuilding.

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Overlanding is a way to describe exploring by your own self-contained means, usually by 4-wheel drive vehicle or adventure motorcycle. For overlanders, the journey is as important as the destination. It’s the journey — and the activities that overlanders do when they get to their destination…

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Fall is a beautiful season throughout West Virginia, but nowhere is it more magical than in the New River Gorge, which was newly designated as a national park this past December. One of the most popular places to view fall foliage, the New River Gorge Park and Preserve attracts people for nu…

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It’s not fall without leaf-peeping! We’ve picked out the top almost-heavenly-destinations in north-central West Virginia to help you plan the perfect fall road trip. Drive through hills of gold and red hues for must-see destinations. And remember—leaf-peeping in Mountaineer Country peaks aro…

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West Virginia’s Hardy County, just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., offers a wealth of trails to roam and as well as history to explore. Sometimes the two combine, as in Lost River State Park’s paths through historic Lighthorse Harry Lee property or the heritage driving tours being p…

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What better way to celebrate the start of fall than with a celebration of agricultural heritage? In Howard County, Maryland, events and destinations highlight local agriculture and the impact it has on the region.

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After a brutally hot summer that kept us inside almost as much as the quarantine did, it’s time to enjoy the cooler temperatures and freedom of being outside again. Few places offer better opportunities to enjoy the outdoors than Somerset County.

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Have you ever visited a place where you immediately felt welcome and just knew that you would come back again? Kent County, Maryland, is just that place.

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Sturdy walking shoes, hiking socks, shorts, T-shirt. We don’t change our hiking garb, but this fall, here’s where you can find the latest fall colors in the Northern Neck:

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Any resort area with four seasons of attractions likes to promote them all. But in Garrett County, Md., autumn may be the favorite child. Arriving after a busy summer of Deep Creek Lake-focused activities and before the bustle of ski season, autumn in the mountains declares itself with a spl…

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August is here already, And we’re scratching our heads and asking, “Where did the summer go?” With a few weeks left to celebrate summer, why not head to one of your favorite Atlantic beaches to wrap up the season? Give these coastal destinations some thought when planning your next beach trip.

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Summer is still going strong — especially at Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains. One might argue that late summer and early fall is the best time to visit, with fewer visitors and more comfortable temperatures.

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When the dog days of August make you want to run for the hills, head southwest from D.C. to Lake Anna, a Virginia haven for boaters, fishers and lovers of all types of water sports. Boating is king here and if you don’t own your own float you can rent all types of boats for a day or half a d…

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It’s no secret that Somerset County, Maryland, ,is a destination for waterfront wonders. With direct access to the Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds, plus several rivers and creeks, which all lead to the Chesapeake Bay, there are endless ways to enjoy Maryland’s waterways. From kayaking, to fishin…

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Located in the Blue Ridge Highlands region of Virginia, Wytheville is a true original. Not only is there no other town in the country that shares its name, but the small community’s rich history and stunning landscape make it a one-of-a-kind destination.

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Once summer hits Indiana County, visitors and locals look forward to two of their favorite warm-weather activities: fishing and festivals. With a variety of natural parks and areas, the county offers plenty of opportunities to cast a line in the sunshine. On top of the waterside fun, the cou…

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Gettysburg, PA stands uniquely positioned as one of our nation’s premiere historic travel destinations. Nestled in idyllic Adams County, it offers breathtakingly scenic landscapes, wide-ranging outdoor activities, adventurous dining and – perhaps most famously – an unparalleled, firsthand lo…

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Forget the beach! Find picturesque waterfront destinations waiting for you in Mountaineer Country. Hop on a quick BWI to MGW flight to start your escape in Morgantown, West Virginia, or take the scenic route via Interstate 70 west and Interstate 68 west for stunning views and overlooks throu…

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The reward of taking a new trail into uncharted territory is usually all it takes to draw outdoor enthusiasts into the backwoods. Two North Carolina state parks, both accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway, offer backwoods adventures that are sure to please the savviest hiker. Grandfather Mo…

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Cutting through the entire length of Pennsylvania from the border of New York down to Maryland, the Susquehanna River is a treasure for all who find themselves on its waters. On any given day, visitors and locals alike can be spotted kayaking, canoeing, fishing, tubing, boating, observing wi…

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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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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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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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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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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…