Spring break is a time for rest and relaxation, and you can find both in West Virginia. This scenic state is home to thrilling attractions for the adventurous. Spend your spring break riding the coasters at Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in Princeton, or dance the night away in Parkersburg. Make a splash in the Monongahela River in Morgantown, or hike the Appalachian Mountains in Wheeling. Plan for an unforgettable spring break by booking a West Virginia vacation rental in one of these breathtaking cities.

1. Princeton

Give your family or friends a thrilling time during spring break with a vacation rental in Princeton, home to the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park. After a few rounds on the roller coaster, head over to the H.P. Hunnicutt Field to catch a sporting event, or visit the Out of the Box Room Escape, where you can put your heads together to escape a room. History buffs enjoy tours of the Princeton Railroad Museum, while the foodies in your group can savor barbecue and wings at A Taste of Memphis. Spend your final day hiking the trails at Glenwood Park or Princeton Youth Park.

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2. Charleston

As the largest city in West Virginia, Charleston is a popular vacation destination for spring breakers and families. Start your adventure with a tour of the capitol building or the West Virginia State Museum before stopping in at Capitol Market to grab some fresh vegetables and fruits to take back to your vacation rental. Explore the outdoor attractions at Cato Park, Coonskin Park, or the Kanawha State Forest, home to hiking and walking trails that lead you to observation decks to see the picturesque West Virginia mountains.

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3. Bluefield

Take in the history of West Virginia when you make Bluefield your vacation destination. Snap a selfie with your friends or family at the East River Mountain Overlook, or take the kids to the playground at the Lotito City Park or the Ridge Runner Train at Bluefield City Park. If you need some retail therapy, the downtown area is chalked full of specialty shops, such as the Landmark Antique Mall. The nightlife in this West Virginia town draws crowds to TCR’s Place Bar and Grill.

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4. Morgantown

A vacation rental in north-central West Virginia gives you access to water adventures on the Monongahela River and outdoor activities along the Cheat Lake Trail. Spend your days hiking the trail and bird watching before taking in the river views at Dorsey’s Knob Park. When hunger strikes, grab some Italian fare at Puglioni’s Pasta and Pizza, or grab a brew at Bent Willey’s. The Monongalia Arts Center is the perfect spot for art enthusiasts, and the West Virginia Botanic Gardens appeals to lovers of nature.

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5. Martinsburg

If you make Martinsburg your vacation destination for spring break, you’ll feel as if you’re stepping back in time when you tour the Adam Stephen House or the Belle Boyd House from the 1800s. Kids enjoy spending a day at the For the Kids by George Children’s Museum and the Wonderment Puppet Theatre, while the outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking the Yankauer Nature Preserve and the Eastern Panhandle Recreational Trail. Top off an evening at the VIP Lounge, or savor some bar bites and beverages at the Sky Room Lounge.

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6. Parkersburg

A quiet oasis awaits you with a vacation rental in Parkersburg. Explore the city on the Julia-Ann Historic District Walking Tour, or browse the artifacts at the Blennerhassett Island Historic Museum. Parkersburg City park is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch with family or friends, while Pure Path Yoga is the perfect spot for anyone who wants to relax and unwind. Tour the Oil and Gas Museum, and then take in a show at the Smoot Theater before heading back to your vacation rental that overlooks the river. College crews enjoy dancing the night away at the Hot Spot, and if you’re over 21, grab a cocktail or two at the North End Tavern and Brewery.

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7. Wheeling

Make Wheeling your vacation destination to enjoy a vacation rental in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Stop at the West Virginia Independence Hall for a tour, or see the historical homes near the Centre Market. If golf is your thing, enjoy a round with friends at Oglebay Park Golf Club or Crispin Golf Course. Treat the kids to a day at the Oglebay Good Zoo, or tour the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum. When nightlife is calling your name, bond with friends and family at Garbo’s Neighborhood Bar.

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8. Huntington

Spend your spring break exploring the college town of Huntington, home to the Heritage Farm Museum and Village and the Museum of Radio and Technology. Take the kids to the Ritter Park Historic District to see the blooming spring flowers, or treat your friends to happy hour at Huntington Ale House or The Lantern. Fat Patty’s is a popular place to grab some comfort food before retreating to your cozy vacation rental.

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