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Martinsburg, WV
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Watch motorsports, hike through oak forests and learn about the history of this scenic city in West Virginia.

Martinsburg is close to the bustling city life of Washington, D.C. but has less than 20,000 residents and manages to hold onto its rural charm. If you love nature and wildlife, this city is a welcome weekend retreat and vacation spot. Martinsburg also delights those in search of history, motorsports and culture.

Go on a self-guided tour of the town’s historic buildings and districts. Visit the B&O Roundhouse, a historic railroad complex that encompasses railroad shops and a 16-sided roundhouse. See the large textile mills in the Boomtown Historic District. Stop by the former home of Colonel Morgan Morgan who's thought to be the first English settler in what is now West Virginia. The rebuilt 18th-century wood cabin still contains many of the structure's original logs. Inside the Triple Brick Museum, learn about the cultural life of the town from the 1800s to the early 1900s.

Outdoor recreation is one of Martinsburg’s biggest draws. Hike through the 23,000-acre (11,331-hectare) Sleep Creek Wildlife Management Area. Go bird-watching in the oak forests and fields of Yankauer Preserve. Martinsburg is a popular location for geocaching, an outdoor treasure hunting game that involves sets of GPS coordinates to find hidden containers.

Fans of motorsports can watch car and motorcycle races at Summit Point Motorsports Park. Nearby are the motocross and supercross tracks of Tomahawk MX.

For arts and entertainment, reserve tickets for a show at the Apollo Civic Theatre and browse the work of local talent at the Berkeley Art Works.

Children will enjoy roller skating and roller blading at Galaxy Skateland and seeing antique horse-drawn farm equipment at the L. Norman Dillon Farm Museum.

Visit Martinsburg in mid-October for the 4-day Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, with parades, fireworks, arts and crafts shows and pie baking contests.

Martinsburg is about 90 minutes away from Washington, D.C. by car. The town is on the Washington Heritage Trail, a 136-mile (219-kilometer) scenic route that traces former president George Washington’s footsteps through West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle.

Where to stay in Martinsburg

Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town
Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town
2.5 out of 5
4328 William L Wilson Fwy, Harpers Ferry, WV
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,811 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in the heart of Harpers Ferry, this golf hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Harpers Ferry ...
4.2/5Excellent! (969 reviews)
"Good stay"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry - Charles Town
Holiday Inn Express Charles Town, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Charles Town, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
681 Flowing Springs Rd, Charles Town, WV
The price is ¥11,410 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jefferson Medical Center and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. Zion Episcopal Church ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"Hotel was extremely clean and comfortable and a full breakfast was included with our stay. Staff was very warm and friendly. Location is excellent - close to Harper's Ferry National Historic Park, Summit Point race track where my husband was racing and several other historic towns and points of ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Charles Town, an IHG Hotel
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Martinsburg
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Martinsburg
2.5 out of 5
451 Foxcroft Avenue, Martinsburg, WV
The price is ¥10,221 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in Martinsburg, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Martinsburg Mall, Wonderment Puppet Theater, and Apollo Civic Theatre. For the Kids, By George Children's ...
4.2/5Excellent! (279 reviews)
"Convenient to interstate and restaurants in the area, Room was very clean and comfortable."

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Martinsburg
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Blue Ridge Beauty, River Excitement, Wineries, Breweries, Casino
Blue Ridge Beauty, River Excitement, Wineries, Breweries, Casino
Harpers Ferry, WV
Situated in Harpers Ferry, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
Short sweet visit
"Very nice with nice neighbors"

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Blue Ridge Beauty, River Excitement, Wineries, Breweries, Casino
Upscale Private Getaway Near Sleepy Creek
Upscale Private Getaway Near Sleepy Creek
Berkeley Springs, WV
Situated in Berkeley Springs, this romantic cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cacapon Resort State Park, Cacapon State Park, and Berkeley Springs State Park. Museum ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (135 reviews)
Getting away
"Great cabin for two folks looking for a little peace and quiet. Berkey Springs was also a fantastic town with good food."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Upscale Private Getaway Near Sleepy Creek
Riverkeeper Inn, Waterfront Property on the Potomac River
Riverkeeper Inn, Waterfront Property on the Potomac River
Harpers Ferry, WV
Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Civil War Living History Museum, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (66 reviews)
Just what we needed
"We found the property just as described and just what we needed. The location for perfect for day activities in Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown and the Antietam battle field. The house had the charm of camping with rusticness of both the interior and exterior. We enjoyed ourselves very much!"

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Riverkeeper Inn, Waterfront Property on the Potomac River
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Martinsburg

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
27
5 - Excellent 21.25984251968504%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 53.54330708661417%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 20.47244094488189%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 4.724409448818897%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 3, 2020

We only did a quick overnight here.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 21, 2020

Nice place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 2, 2019

Only drove by on the way to our wedding destination. Seemed like a quaint & clean town.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 5, 2019

Has a terrible reputation for drugs

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 16, 2019

Had a fantastic breakfast at the Blue White Grill. It was a step back in time. A true downtown diner with great pancakes and bacon.

4/5 - Good

Joe

Aug 26, 2019

Just a quick overnight stay

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