Enjoy peace and quiet with spectacular mountain views by spending Memorial Day weekend in West Virginia. Tour the historic buildings and museums in Parkersburg, or join in on the festivals at the state capitol grounds in Charleston. Book a stay at one of numerous West Virginia vacation rentals for your upcoming getaway. Consider one of these nine cities in West Virginia for your next Memorial Day weekend trip.

1. Charleston

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Charleston is a popular vacation destination any time of the year, but when you book a vacation rental over Memorial Day weekend, you and your family can soak up the sun while hiking the trails of the Kanawha State Forest. Venture through the forests to see the West Virginia mountains, or indulge the history buff with a tour of the West Virginia State Museum or capitol building. The city offers plenty to celebrate over the holiday weekend with the Vandalia Gathering on the state capitol grounds, complete with crafters, food vendors, artisans, and dancers.

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2. Morgantown

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Enjoy the official start of summer tubing or kayaking the Monongahela River in Morgantown. The Cheat Lake Trail offers stunning mountain views and hiking trails, or you can opt to soak up nature with river views at Dorsey’s Knob Park. Join the locals as they celebrate military members and veterans at the Annual West Virginia Memorial Day parade, and don’t miss out on some American cuisine and live music at the city’s Memorial Day Military Appreciation Cookout in the town center. If you are looking for some Southern fare, stop in for lunch at Woodburn Shanks Pit BBQ.

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3. Huntington

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Once the college kids take off for the semester, enjoy the historical town of Huntington without the crowds over Memorial Day weekend. Stop in at Fat Patty’s for some comfort food, and then explore the Heritage Farm Museum and Village or the Museum of Radio and Technology. The Ritter Park Historic District is a great place for a walk with the kids to see the spring flowers in full bloom before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental with mountain views.

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4. Martinsburg

Show your family a bit of history when making Martinsburg your vacation destination for the holiday weekend. Tour the Belle Boyd House, complete with artifacts from the 1800s, and the Adam Stephen House that boasts unique architecture. The Eastern Panhandle Recreational Trail is a hotspot for nature enthusiasts. Treat the kids to a day at For the Kids by George Children’s Museum, or take in a show at the Wonderment Puppet Theatre. Once the holiday rolls around, join the local residents for their Traditional Memorial Day service at the American Legion.

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5. Princeton

Memorial Day weekend marks the annual opening of the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, where you and your family can ride the coasters or get wet and wild on one of the water rides. The Princeton Railroad Museum gives the kids a chance to see vintage trains. When you want to indulge your cravings for barbecue, sign up for the “A Taste of Memphis” foodie tour.

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6. Wheeling

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Wheeling is a hiker’s paradise with access to trails offering breathtaking views of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Get in your morning hike over Memorial Day weekend and then celebrate the holiday while learning more about American history at the West Virginia Independence Hall. The warm May temperatures offer the perfect setting for 18 holes at the Crispin Golf Course, or an afternoon at the Oglebay Good Zoo. Wheeling also sponsors several attractions especially for the holiday weekend, including the annual Half Marathon Classic and the Heritage Trail Bicycle Tour.

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7. Snowshoe

Say goodbye to winter and hello to summer when making Snowshoe your vacation destination for Memorial Day weekend. Bring your swimsuit, too, so you and your family can make a splash at Split Rock Pools, an indoor waterpark. After a busy weekend in the pool, satisfy your hunger with some comfort food at Foxfire Grille or specialty desserts at the South Mountain Grille.

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8. Bluefield

Tap your toes to the live country and bluegrass music stemming from the Cole Chevy Mountain Festival when you make your way to Bluefield for your Memorial Day weekend getaway. This annual festival in City Park features fireworks, live music, lumberjack contests, and food vendors for you to enjoy with the locals. This historic city is also home to the Ridge Runner Train display in the park, as well as the East River Mountain Overlook that is the ideal setting for a family photo. Enjoy the modern amenities when shopping at the Landmark Antique Mall, and stop in for some barbecue at the Big Whiskey BBQ Company.

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9. Parkersburg

If you’re seeking some peace and quiet, then Parkersburg is the place to book your vacation rental. This quaint, historic city is home to the Julia-Ann Historic District Walking Tour, which takes you and your crew to spots such as the Blennerhassett Island Historic Museum and the Oil and Gas Museum. Over the Memorial Day weekend, the city hosts Memorial ceremonies at the Spring Grove Cemetery and Sunset Memorial Gardens, in addition to the “Thank Our Veterans Cookout” at the Parkersburg City Park.

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