Treat yourself to some much needed relaxation and serenity! Take a day trip to Berkeley Springs, a beautiful natural hot spring just outside of DC.Known as the country's first spa, the Berkeley Springs is a historic spa and small town nestled in the West Virginia mountains, a mere 90-minute drive from Washington DC. This historic site has attracted visitors for centuries, including George Washington, who first visited in 1748 and frequently stayed through the 1760's. Berkeley Springs offers visitors state-of-the-art spas and many shopping areas, all while surrounded by the beautiful mountains. From a bandstand to an 18th century millstone to George Washington's Bath Tub, there's plenty for families of all ages to enjoy! Splash around in one of the Roman baths, or practice on your swimming techniques at the park's outdoor pool. [gallery size="large" columns="2" ids="823,826"] It's the perfect place to relax and enjoy the serene effects of the warm mineral waters, located right in the center of the town! The water stays constant at 74.3 degrees, so you'll feel the effects of the mineral waters instantly. If you're interested in the history of Berkeley Springs, there's a museum chock-full of the town's history to inspire you. The Museum of Berkeley Springs is located on the second floor of the Roman Bath House, and includes a "light-up model of springs geology and an exhibit of antique bathing wear that will delight the children."
Travel a few miles south of the town and you'll run into Cacapon Mountain, a full resort and state park nestled across 6,000 acres of mountain wilderness. Take a stroll along the sand beach, go swimming in the lake, or go fishing. If fishing isn't your thing, you can feed the fish at the Ridge Fish Hatchery just a few miles mouth of Cacapon State Park. [gallery columns="2" size="large" ids="825,827,821,822"] What are you waiting for? Take a trip to Berkeley Springs and share your experience with us!