Make your next vacation an easy one with these family-friendly resorts near DC that take the guess work out of meals and activities
Washington DC offers a great selection of vacation spots close by so whether you’re looking for a beach getaway, a romantic escape, a family adventure, or a cultural experience, you’ll find a wide range of options within an easy drive from the capital. Whether you want to take in some of the area’s famous monuments and museums, explore the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay, the historic towns of Virginia, or simply want to relax and unwind, there are plenty of vacation options that won’t require a long drive or expensive airfare.
The Best Places near DC to Go for Spring Break
1. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD
Distance from DC: 10 miles
Thankfully you don’t have to drive over 20 minutes to experience a memorable getaway just outside of DC. For a spring break trip that requires minimal travel, book a stay in a room that overlooks the shore of the Potomac River. Bonus? You never have to worry about the weather while dining and shopping within the hotel.
What to do near Gaylord National Resort: So you’re not too far from home, but have you visited Piscataway Park’s National Colonial Farm? Go on a guided tour of the 1770s working tobacco farm and meet the two-and four-legged residents. Also, there are 7 nature trails that cover 3 miles. They run along the Potomac and are mostly shaded by the tree canopy.
Where: 201 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD
2. Massanutten Resort
Distance from DC: 120 Miles
This all-season resort has more than 100 daily activities to choose from, meaning, you (and your kids) will never run out of things to do and places to explore. Taste the local flavors at 12 on-site dining locations, challenge yourself (or your team) to multiple escape room concepts, indulge yourself at the full-service day spa, play a few rounds at both 18-hole golf courses, and experience what will be the highlight of everyone’s trip—the award-winning indoor/outdoor waterpark.
1822 Resort Dr.
3. The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, VA
Distance from DC: 200 Miles
It’s hard to believe you are still in Virginia when a turn off Highway 81 leads to incredible elevation, vistas and the grand Homestead Resort. Twenty-three US presidents have visited this 2,000 acre property and you’ll feel the Presidential treatment your entire stay. The indoor pool is still heated by the hot spring water naturally flowing beneath the resort (so the temperature of the water does fluctuate). Consult the Resort Guide, printed weekly and provided at check-in, for restaurant hours and available experiences.
Kids’ Activities: Homestead Adventure Kids offers activities ranging from crafts to hikes for kids ages 5-12 (geared mostly towards 5-10, but 11 & 12 year olds are welcome). The program has day and evening options, reservations required. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the spa, falconry experience, day of golf or a dinner at Jefferson’s Restaurant—the kids won’t even miss you!
What to Do near the Omni Homestead: You can easily spend your entire time on property and never run out of fun, but if you want to explore the area, take a quick drive to a waterfall you can see from the road! Set your map to Falling Spring Falls which is located off Route 220 and about 15 minutes from the resort. There is a parking lot before the falls on your right.
7696 Sam Snead Hwy.
Hot Springs, VA
4. The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV
Distance from DC: 250 miles
Situated on 11,000 acres and surrounded by the Allegheny Mountains, The Greenbrier Resort is a must do for history buffs who enjoy the finer things in life. Opened in 1778, the resort is well known for hosting a variety of activities that include carriage rides, bowling and croquet, hot mineral springs and fine dining. Dig into their offerings and you’ll find unique experiences like the “Fairy and Gnome Workshop” (build your own fairy and gnome garden) or the “Bunker Tour” (tour the declassified Cold War fallout shelter located under the West Virginia Wing).
Kids’ Activities: The Adventure Zone offers full and half day or evening options for kids while parents kayak, play pickleball or go off-road in the Jeep Driving Adventure. Kids ages 3-12 will enjoy structured activities geared towards their creativity and curiosity during the full or half day program. The evening Adventure Zone is for kids ages 6-12.
What to Do near The Greenbrier Resort: The quaint mountain town of Lewisburg, WV is just 15 minutes outside the resort. Spend a few hours taking in the local stores or embark on the Historic District Walking Tour. We recommend grabbing sandwiches for lunch at the Stardust Cafe on Washington St.
101 W Main St.
White Sulphur Springs, WV
5. Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY
Distance from DC: 300 miles
A Victorian castle resort with an address on “Mountain Rest Road” is well worth the 5.5+ hour drive for a getaway! You’ll feel more relaxed just booking this all-inclusive vacation in the Hudson Valley’s most iconic resort where all meals and activities are included in your room price. Hiking trails, yoga, fitness and meditation classes, afternoon tea and an indoor pool will help melt away the stress of daily life. You’ll want to carve out time for the campfires with s’mores and guided nature hikes. Or just spend all day sitting on your balcony enjoying the endless views!
Kids’ Activities: No one will be bored during their stay as kids’ can hike, fish, play tennis, row a boat, and even pick up a craft kit. Their website breaks down activities by age and includes countless options. In the summer they offer a top rated Kids’ Club.
What to Do near Mohonk Mountain House: If you can drag your family away from the resort, you won’t be disappointed by a hike to see Awosting Falls located at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. The State Park is located just a few miles outside of the resort. Sheer rock cliffs, clear mountain water and fall foliage will leave you in awe of nature’s beauty.
1000 Mountain Rest Rd.
New Paltz, NY
6. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa in Pigeon Forge, TN
Distance from DC: 484 miles
There’s no bad time to explore the Great Smoky Mountains, and there could be no better Southern hostess than Dolly Parton. Book a family suite with generous space and bunk beds for comfortable breaks between fun resort activities. The indoor, heated pool in the Garden House is open year round and offers views of the mountains. Don’t miss trying Dolly’s Stone Soup at the Song & Hearth buffet style Southern restaurant (you’ll need a tissue after hearing the family story of the soup!).
Kids’ Activities: Grab a copy of the weekly schedule when you arrive to see what is happening with Camp DW for the week. Activities include live entertainment, s’mores and crafts. Of course the founder of the Imagination Library has incorporated a bedtime storytime into her resort. Each evening kids can gather around the wood burning fire in The Barn and enjoy a book before bed.
What to Do near Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa: If you have a theme park loving crew then you’ll make a trip to Dollywood a priority when visiting Pigeon Forge. The 160-acre theme park features 50 rides for kids of all ages, entertainment and multiple dining options. The cool fall weather is perfect for enjoying the famous cinnamon bread sold in the park. Also, keep an eye out for signs displayed around the park paying tribute to the many hosts (employees) who have worked at the park for 30+ years.
2525 DreamMore Way
Pigeon Forge, TN