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The Spring / Summer 2021 Go Outside and Play Guide

Looking for a quick getaway but don’t want to go through the hassle of making all of the decisions?

We have you covered with this guide to 11 adventure-packed destinations across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. You’ll find everything you need to make it a memorable trip, including awe-inspiring outdoor excursions, top-notch restaurants, and cozy lodging recommendations. Please check with locations prior to travel to make sure it is safe to visit or use this guide to plan future trips when we can all be together again.

Photo courtesy of Visit Spotsy

A Day in Spotsylvania County, Va.

Conveniently located between D.C. and Richmond, Spotsylvania County offers the perfect day trip for those looking to get outside and away from the crowds. Surrounded by history and spectacular vistas, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Virginia. From peaceful Lake Anna to scenic drives over rolling hills, treat yourself to a Spotsylvania getaway.

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Photo by Sam Dean

A Weekend in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge Co., Va.

As the southern gateway to the Shenandoah Valley, the “small towns, big backyard” of Rockbridge County offer 64,000 acres of public forests, parks, and rivers where outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can hike, bike, paddle, and camp. In the college towns of Lexington and Buena Vista, visitors enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway, Appalachian Trail, food and spirits scene, and historic sites.

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Photo by Jonathan Kozowyk

A Day in Shenandoah Co., Va.

Escape the crowds and enjoy an outdoor adventure in the fresh mountain air of Shenandoah County, Va. Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, visitors can hike, bike, or horseback ride more than 178 miles of trails throughout the George Washington National Forest or the newly opened Seven Bends State Park for incredible views of the valley. 

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Photo courtesy of Waynseboro, Va.

A Day in Waynesboro, Va.

Work up an appetite for outdoor adventure and culinary delights when you visit Waynesboro, Va. Situated at the convergence of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, and Appalachian Trail, it’s the perfect spot to spend a day outside before heading into town for refreshments. 

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Photo courtesy of Bedford, Va.

A Weekend in Bedford, Va.

Set at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find a weekend filled with hiking and biking trails, wineries and orchards, restaurants, and shops when you visit central Virginia. Discover for yourself why Bedford was named the “2020 Top Small Adventure Town” by Blue Ridge Outdoors and one of “15 Best Small Towns to Visit” by Smithsonian Magazine.

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Photo by Freddie Hodges

A Weekend in Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Find your next metro mountain adventure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge—America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital. We invite you to be a #Trailsetter and explore over 1,000 miles of trails, with incredible options for hiking, biking, paddling, and more. When you’re not conquering a trail, explore the charming small towns and vibrant downtown areas full of local flavors, history, and culture.

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photo by Sam Dean

A Weekend in Alleghany Highlands

It’s easy to get to the Alleghany Highlands, yet it couldn’t be further from the stress of a hectic life. Beautiful mountain views, endless outdoor recreation, and two walkable downtowns with locally-owned shops and restaurants add up to a charming and adventurous way of life. We love sharing it with visitors. It’s Uniquely Alleghany! 

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Photo courtesy of Mountain Maryland

A Weekend in Mountain Maryland

With over 60,000 acres of public land, Allegany County is a paradise for all things outdoors. Plan your visit to coincide with the C&O Canal’s 50th anniversary, celebrating the eighth most-visited national park and one of the country’s most beloved hiking and biking trails. Immerse yourself in the history, outdoor adventure, and culinary delights of the Mountain Side of Maryland. 

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Photo by Eli Johnson

A Weekend in Bristol, Tenn.

With the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains serving as a backdrop, Bristol is known for its incomparable outdoor beauty, and is one of Northeast Tennessee’s most precious jewels. A rich musical heritage, a world-renowned racing facility, and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet make it a perfect destination for your next great adventure!

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photo by Bill Russ

A Weekend in Henderson, N.C.

Surrounded by Pisgah National Forest and minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hendersonville beckons travelers looking to disconnect from daily worries and reconnect with each other and the natural world. Just south of busy Asheville, the vibrant mountain town of Hendersonville delivers its own blend of arts and culture, outdoor adventure, and creative craft beverage producers.

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photo courtesy of Helen CVB

A Weekend in Helen, Ga.

A natural beauty perched on the Chattahoochee River in the north Georgia mountains, Helen is Georgia’s official outdoor adventure destination. Discover the charm of Bavaria in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains when you travel to a place with old world towers, gingerbread trim, cobblestone walkways, and traditional German foodstuffs. It’s the perfect spot for a family vacation or romantic getaway. 

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Cover photo: Mount Mitchell, N.C. photo courtesy Getty Images

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