Memorial Day lands early on the calendar this year which means the annual kick-off to summer starts earlier this year.  While there are plenty of things to see in the city that weekend, if you want to stay away from traffic headaches, here are the best Memorial Day getaways near Washington, D.C.
Gettysburg National Military Park
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717) 334-1124

Spend your Memorial Day Weekend visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park, site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle and the inspiration President Abraham Lincoln’s famous address. Located 86 miles north of Washington, D.C. and boasting a museum, guided tours, ranger programs, live concerts and special events, Gettysburg National Military Park is worth the drive out of town. Over Memorial Day Weekend, both a Living History Weekend and Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will take place.

Inn At Perry Cabin
308 Watkins Lane
St. Michael’s, MD 21663
(410) 745-2200

St. Michael’s is a quaint Eastern Shore town located about 90 minutes from Washington, D.C. If you’re looking to spend some time by the shore this Memorial Day weekend but don’t want to deal with Bay Bridge traffic, this is a good option for you. A great place to stay is the Inn at Perry Cabin which is best known for being the location where the main wedding reception was filmed in Wedding Crashers. Offering fine dining, an on-site spa and resort activities including kayaking, wine tasting and a sailing academy, you can’t possibly become bored during the weekend.

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort
2198 Sweet Root Road
Bedford, PA 15522
(814) 623-8100

This thermal springs resort is located 3.5 miles from Old Bedford Village and features the newly renovated Spring Eternal spa, golf course, an indoor and outdoor pool. There’s plenty of onsite hiking as well. There’s also a steakhouse, a tavern and an upscale dining room on-site, in addition to a casual cafe, all featuring first-class cuisine. Some added fun comes with an outdoor fire pit where you can sit outside and make yourself some homemade summertime S’mores. The S’mores kit is available for purchase at the tavern.

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
4165 Mears Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
(410) 257-5596

Another option for visiting the beach without going to Ocean City, Maryland is the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa. This resort offers a variety of entertainment options including a casino, spa, three restaurants and an indoor heated pool. If you’re bringing the kids along and want to keep them occupied, loaner board games and movies are available free of charge. But with the nearby boardwalk, beaches and marina, as long as you’re not rained out, you shouldn’t have to resort to that.

Kings Dominion
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
(804) 876-5000

If riding roller coasters is your idea of summertime fun, then Kings Dominion is the place for you. Located 75 miles south of Washington, D.C., this local favorite is celebrating its 40th year. It has only gotten better over time. With thrill rides, family rides, Snoopy Park, live entertainment and a Soak City expansion, there’s plenty to entertain the entire family for the weekend.

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