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Best things to do in Berkeley Springs

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Where in the world: USA  /  West Virginia  /  Berkeley Springs

Top 15 things to do in Berkeley Springs

1. Berkeley Springs State Park

Berkeley Springs State Park is situated in the center of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, USA. The centerpiece of the Park is its historic mineral spa. These waters were celebrated for their medicinal or restorative powers and were generally taken internally for digestive disorders, or bathed in for stress relief. Native peoples visited these springs as did George Washington. Berkeley Springs is the only state-run spa in the United States and is operated by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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2. Cacapon Resort State Park

Opened in 1933, the 6,115-acre (2,475 ha) Cacapon Resort State Park is located on the eastern slopes of Cacapon Mountain in Morgan County, West Virginia, USA. Panorama Overlook, at the southern end of the park and 2,320 feet (710 m) above sea level, is the highest point in the park and in Morgan County.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Spas

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Fallingwater, Mill Run

A Frank Lloyd Wright house built over a waterfall, Fallingwater was named the "best all-time work of American architecture" in 2007 by the American Institute of Architects. The family house was commissioned by Edgar Kaufmann Sr., and Wright welcomed the challenge. Kaufmann once dared to go behind Wright's back to consult an engineer about the risky design. Wright was so offended that he threatened to leave the project. Kaufmann relented, and Wright buried the engineer's report in one of the walls. The house was the Kaufmann family's weekend retreat until 1963, when the family gave it to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which opened it to the public. Notice the remarkable furniture--Wright designed it specifically for the space.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Give Purrs a Chance

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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6. Berkeley Springs Antique Mall

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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7. Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle

Bike, hike, or whitewater raft along the Youghiogheny River Gorge at Ohiopyle State Park. This park, which opened in 1965, features 23 km (14 mi) of the Youghiogheny River and boasts some of the best rafting in the eastern United States. Different parts of the park offer level I and II rapids, while another section affords the more difficult level III and IV rapids. Take in stunning views of the park's many waterfalls, including the 6.1 m (20 ft) Ohiopyle Falls, as you raft. Another favorite is the park's natural Meadow Run Waterslides, which have been carved out by nature and function like a waterpark waterslide in a natural setting, only a bit rougher. You can also canoe, kayak, horseback ride, and even cross-country ski through this 19,052 hectare (7,710 acre) park with over 160 km (100 mi) of trails.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. Swallow Falls State Park, Oakland

Swallow Falls State Park is a public recreation area located on the west bank of the Youghiogheny River nine miles (14 km) northwest of Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland, in the United States. The state park features Maryland's highest free-falling waterfall, the 53-foot (16 m) Muddy Creek Falls, as well as smaller waterfalls on the Youghiogheny River and Tolivar Creek. The park is notable for its stand of old hemlock trees, some more than 300 years old, "the last stand of its kind in Maryland."
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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9. Museum of the Berkeley Springs

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Morgan County Observatory

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Climbing Tours, Ohiopyle

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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12. Prospect Peak

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Johnstown Flood Museum, Johnstown

The Johnstown Flood Museum is a history museum located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The museum is housed in the Cambria Public Library Building.On May 31, 1889, a neglected dam above the city of Johnstown that held back a lake, burst. An hour later, a 40-foot wall of water, reaching 40 miles an hour, raced into Johnstown. It killed 2,209 people, leaving thousands homeless and a prosperous town a wasteland.The Johnstown Flood Museum chronicles the events of the flood through many exhibits and media. Every hour, the museum shows the Academy Award winning documentary, The Johnstown Flood in the Robert S. Waters Theater. This documentary, created by filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, tells the gruesome tale from before the dam broke to the horrifying aftermath of the destruction. The theater and the film were refurbished and upgraded in 2009–2010. The film, which had been shown on 35 mm film since 1989, has been transferred onto a high-definition digital format, enabling a perfect presentation every time the film is shown. New projection equipment and theater controls were installed as well. Finally, the film now features captions for the deaf and hearing-impaired. The seats were reupholstered, and carpet has been replaced.Exhibits include the relief map that uses lights and sounds to display the path of the flood. Surrounding the map are several artifacts including a bottle of flood water, the wall of debris, a morgue book, and a quilt used to drag survivors to safety. You can also view cartoons and movie clips that are centered on the flood as well as news reports and Victorian Steroptic photographs.The museum also features a restored Oklahoma house, a temporary structure used to house survivors. The house is 1 1/2 stories and there were only a few rooms.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. Paw Paw Tunnel, Cumberland

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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