Millions flock to DC for their annual getaway, so we know it is the perfect spot for a family vacation. With museums, national parks, and small towns nearby, why not plan a staycation this year? Skip the long road trip, and book a family-friendly escape right in your own backyard. Keep reading to find the best places to relax, recharge and make some fantastic family memories in the DMV.

The River Inn – Washington, DC

Tucked away on a quiet, tree-lined street, this Foggy Bottom district hotel offers stunning views of the Potomac River. Don’t worry; the local sights are all just a few blocks away. The National Mall and Georgetown are a short walk, and you’ll get to skip the busy streets in this residential neighborhood. What this hotel lacks in nearby restaurants and nightlife, it makes up for with in-suite kitchens and dining areas. A true home-away-from-home, you can play tourist in your city during the day and head back for that homey feel at the end of a long day of fun. The best part? The living and sleeping spaces are separate so that the grown-ups can stay up for a nightcap while the Littles sleep. 

924 25th St NW
Washington, DC 20037

Hotel Madera – Washington, DC

Located on a quiet section of New Hampshire Avenue, this newly renovated hotel pulls out all the stops for your family. Book the ultimate family room with two queen beds, plus a sofa bed. Not enough? They offer cribs and rollaway beds to sleep your entire crew. Bring your fur baby along too. It's a pet-friendly hotel. You won't have to take the elevator for some fresh air either. The balconies overlooking Dupont Circle are the perfect way to start the day. You’ll love the free wine hours hosted daily inside the on-site restaurant, Firefly. And any kids' menu with chicken and waffles is OK by us. Don't forget a family photo op in front of one of the brand new mural walls. You'll need Instagram proof, right? 

1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

photo: Lansdowne Resort and Spa

Lansdowne Resort and Spa – Leesburg, VA

Visit this kid-friendly town, and enjoy all the adult fun too. The resort’s seasonal Explorer’s Club offers fun-filled activities for your kids to enjoy while you make the most of the incredible on-site amenities. With a craft every session, snacks, movies, kids’ yoga, storytime, games and outdoor fun, your kids will quickly forget about you and enjoy some awesome vacation time. Don’t forget to explore outside the resort too. Outdoor-loving families will love Leesburg hikes, biking trails and waterfront attractions too. 

44050 Woodridge Pkwy
Leesburg, VA 20176

Wilderness Presidential Resort – Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA

Try your hand at family glamping with nightly marshmallow roasting around a bonfire and tons of kid-friendly activities to enjoy after a day splashing in the pool. Sign your little ones up for the ropes course or climbing wall. Take a canoe out on the lake for a lazy afternoon. Recently, the resort added archery, a fantastic way to build strength, focus and self-confidence. The friendly instructors will guide your kids through the process. The budget-friendly Lakeside Camp Cottages have all the comforts of home. Some even offer hot tubs if you need a little extra in your life right now. 

9220 Plank Rd
Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA 22553

Non Sea-Quitter – Annapolis, MD

Ready to try something way out of the ordinary? Book your “bed & boat” experience in this quaint waterfront town. Surprisingly comfortable, this classic yacht offers a full bed, single bed and forward “v-berth” for the whole family to enjoy. You’ll love waterfront glamping with a sunset sail, yacht races, historic lighthouses and a secluded cove. Captain Paul (your private host) knows the Chesapeake Bay as few sailors do, and from the moment he welcomes you aboard, your family will be delighted by his hospitality and silly sense of humor. His commitment to safety, comfort and fun will make for a family staycation you won’t soon forget.

721 Chester Ave
Annapolis, MD 21403

Club Wyndham National Harbor – National Harbor, MD

Book a spacious one, two or three-bedroom condo, and you’ll get access to two swimming pools, a kids’ club, and a theater with free daily movies. The full-sized refrigerators and ovens make meal prep a breeze even for the pickiest eater.  Located 10 miles south of D.C., this family getaway is a short walk from fun shops, delicious restaurants, a waterfront park and a giant Ferris wheel. Take a family-friendly sightseeing cruise, boating excursion or fishing trip. Give your kids an extra special treat, and book the nighttime tour of the Washington monuments. The bus will pick you up right by the hotel.

250 Mariner Passage
National Harbor, MD 20745

—Angelica Kajwara


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