West Virginia is the state that has always taken travelers home away from home with its scenic ‘country roads.’ The Cacapon Mountain region is possibly the state’s best-kept secret, with spectacular panoramic mountain views, epic national parks full of hiking trails, and charming fairytale small towns. Here’s what to do in this scenic region.
Visit the Berkeley Springs
Back in 1748, the quaint small town of Berkley Springs was known as Medicine Springs, thanks to its healing mineral waters. People would return to bathe in the hot springs several times. Today, Berkley Springs continues to attract visitors with its fall foliage, mineral springs, and a diverse mix of offerings, like jewelry, artisanal cheeses and oil, cafés, and local breweries.
Soak in the Incredible Mineral-Bath Spas
Being the spa town of West Virginia, the mineral-bath spas are most certainly the prime attraction of Berkeley Springs. Especially the recently renovated Old Roman Bathhouse attracts visitors offering mineral baths, rejuvenating saunas, and different healing massage treatments for an immersive experience. The Atasia Spa offers an exotic indulging experience with its mineral whirlpool baths, a unique eucalyptus steam room, and a wide menu of body, face, and beauty treatments.
Stay at the Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge
The Cacapon Resort State Park Lodge in Berkeley Springs offers visitors an all-inclusive experience. The resort features a fitness center, a full spa, a whirlpool, and a large indoor heated pool, providing the ultimate West Virginia wellness getaway. The 124-room resort lodge sits on a rolling hill overlooking the 18-hole golf course of the property. Guests can relax by gathering in the indoor lounge areas or around the fire pit, while the elegant in-house family restaurant would take care of their delicious meals. The picturesque Cacapon Resort State Park surrounds the lodge. Along with a small swimming lake with a beach, the park is also home to 20 miles of hiking trails.
Visit Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry is one of the most charming small towns along the famed Appalachian Trail in West Virginia. A designated National Historic District, this gem of a town boasts several heritage sites, museums, a neo-Gothic cathedral, and restored Victorian buildings. The town also offers a natural treasure trove of scenic trails, mountain vistas, and flowing waterways. Eight national parks and two rivers converge at Harpers Ferry. The historic downtown area has a viewpoint with an observation deck, allowing the visitors to marvel at the stunning rugged landscape of three different states – West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia.
You probably don’t need us to tell you that California is one of the most popular destinations in the United States. People travel from across the globe to check out the City of Angels, the impressive deserts and valleys, the stunning National Parks, and just about everything else that this state has to offer. Of course, you could fly from one place to another, but why would you deny yourself the ultimate Californian road trip?
Days 1 – 2: Explore Los Angeles
No trip to California would be complete without checking out Los Angeles. By spending your first two days in this city, you can check out the Walk of Fame, hike up to the Hollywood sign, make your way to one of the amazing beaches, or just sit in one of their many coffee shops and keep your eyes peeled for celebrities…
Days 2 – 3: Make Your Way To San Diego
There is so much to see and do in San Diego, but we’d suggest hitting the waves and seeing what the San Diego surf has to offer you. Once you’re done, wander around Belmont Park, Balboa Park, and hike Point Loma.
Days 3 – 5: Wander Around Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park really does need to be seen to be believed. With amazing landscapes through the whole park, you can check out deserts filled with cacti, rugged hills made from giant boulders, and wander around some of the many hiking trails that are on offer here. You can even camp here, as well!
Days 5 – 7: Check Out Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks
It’s a long drive to these National Parks, but they are well worth it. From the gigantic trees at Sequoia National Park to the stunning lakes at Kings Canyon, you can find two birds with one berry during the last few days of your Californian road trip.
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