With Richmond, Virginia as a starting point, it’s easy to find a beach community or mountain town perfect for a weekend of relaxation. Whether you’re looking for a new town or mountain resort to explore, there are numerous options around Richmond. Stay at a Richmond vacation rental to enjoy convenient access to the exciting cities and attractions in the surrounding area. Take a look at the most noteworthy weekend getaway spots.

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1. Hagerstown, Maryland

Unwind and relax after your three-hour drive to Hagerstown, Maryland. Once used to move goods, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park gives you a glimpse into the past. Stop by the visitors center before exploring the hiking trails. Board one of the mule-drawn canal boats for a ride up the water. In the downtown area, the Discovery Station is a kid-friendly museum that teaches the basics of science through hands-on activities. Learn more about how the railroad helped this area thrive at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum with its collection of model trains and restored train cars. Pack a picnic to enjoy in one of the shaded areas of Hagerstown City Park and then let the kids cool off at the splash pad.

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2. Ocean City, Maryland

Ride the waves and build a sandcastle in Ocean City, Maryland. It takes around four hours to reach this family-friendly beach town on the Atlantic Ocean. The Ocean City Boardwalk is the place for an afternoon or evening stroll with its selections of shops and places to grab a bite to eat. Jolly Roger Amusement Park has two location and a vintage train for a quick ride along with the standard fair attractions. Hear tales of shipwrecks off the coast of Maryland and the men who helped sailors lost at sea when you tour the Ocean City Life-Saving Station. Next, visit DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum to see artifacts brought up from the ocean bottom.

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3. Charlotte, North Carolina

Explore one of the South’s upcoming cities with a vacation rental in the vibrant city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Throw your hands up in the air as you zoom down the first hill on the Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds, an amusement park. The park offers rides for all ages, including a dedicated kiddie ride section. Have a race fan in the family? The NASCAR Hall of Fame provides a look at racing legends past and present. After winding your way through the interactive exhibits, stay for the movie on the history of NASCAR. Kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, and so much more are on the agenda at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

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4. Dover, Delaware

In a little over three hours, arrive in Delaware’s capital city, Dover. Built between 1787 and 1792, the Old Statehouse is the original capitol building and gives you a glimpse of America in its early days. Walk past vintage aircraft that helped the United States and her allies win World War II at the Air Mobility Command Museum. Kids love seeing the planes that refuel other planes during flight. Spend an afternoon learning about Delaware’s rich agricultural history at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village. After seeing the tractors and other farming equipment, go next door to see the village set up to look like a 1800s farm.

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5. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Reach Winston-Salem in three and a half hours for a weekend of family fun. Meander through the hands-on activities, coloring opportunities, and places to run and play at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem. Kids learn social skills and motor skills through play. Enjoy an afternoon of walking and birdwatching in the Historic Bethabara Park. This park was once home to the Moravians who used it as a religious village, and today, more than 160 species of birds call it home. Hop on a Segway and explore the downtown area with Triad ECO Adventures. This tour group takes the time to teach you how to navigate a Segway before starting out.

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6. Hershey, Pennsylvania

In a little less than four hours, you can check in at the Hershey Spa for a Chocolate Bean Polish while your partner and the kids head to Hershey World to learn more about the history of the town and the chocolate maker. Hop on the Hershey Trolley and learn more about the area as you ride around town in style. Stroll through Hershey Gardens to see the flowers blooming and stop at the butterfly garden to see if your kids can stay still long enough for one of the delicate creatures to land on them. Hersheypark is the town’s chocolate-themed amusement park with rides that include roller coasters, thrill rides, and kiddie rides.

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7. Wilmington, North Carolina

It takes a little less than four hours to reach the coastal community of Wilmington, North Carolina. Experience what life was like in the area before the American Civil War when you tour the Bellamy Mansion Museum. This 10,000 square foot home offers many original furnishing and classic Victorian architecture. A mix of formal and informal gardens, Airlie Gardens is a great place for an afternoon stroll. While strolling around the grounds, check out the 468-year-old Airlie Oak. Kids love all the creepy crawlies at the Cape Fear Serpentarium that include 40 different venomous snakes.

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