Ballston, Virginia is an amazing place to live because everything you need is at your fingertips. There is dining, entertainment, fitness, and more all within walking distance. And when neighborhood residents want to venture out beyond the community, the metro makes it easy to get around. But when locals are looking for a slightly more memorable getaway, there are plenty of incredible options within a few hours’ drive of The Waycroft apartments. Take advantage of all the area has to offer during the last of the winter months.
Less than an hour and a half outside of DC, Gettysburg is the perfect day trip or weekend getaway. Stop by the visitor center for an auto map and do a driving tour of the battle highlights. For those who want to extend the trip for the weekend, book a room at one of the adorable BnB’s in town. The Swope Manor Inn is a lovely spot for couples or young families and the morning breakfast is a treat! Soak in the history of the region and return home better educated after a weekend in Gettysburg, PA.
Ski at Wintergreen
If you prefer a more active escape, hit the slopes! Wintergreen Ski Resort is about 2.5 hours from the DC area. All level skiers can enjoy this mountain with more than 26 slopes and trails. Check the mountain cam ahead of time to make sure there’s snow, but once you’re there you can get a lift ticket and ski (or snowboard rentals) on site. There are lots of traditional BnB and Airbnb options nearby that make for an easy weekend trip.
Hike at Bears Den
If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors but you’re not a skier, Bears Den is an easy drive from Ballston. Nestled along the Appalachian Trail, this rocky overlook is less than an hour’s drive from The Waycroft. Pack a picnic, plenty of water, and maybe a hot cocoa to share, and hike along the AT from the trailhead until your legs feel pleasantly tired. Take in the views from Bears Den and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way!
Even if your apartment building offers numerous amenities, it’s nice to occasionally get away for a day or two and enjoy the surrounding area. Ballston is conveniently located close to plenty of activities throughout Maryland and Virginia making it a great place to call home.