We need a nice vacation spot between dc and cleveland that teen age boys would enjoy.
It's less than a 6 hour drive so you could make it in one day if you want. But...post in the Pittsburgh, PA forum as you will be going thru there....the most direct route.
Plenty of suggestions in three states. Being in the mountains, most of my resort suggestions will involve ski resorts that have summer activities like golfing, boating, swimming, kayaking, mini golf, dining, shopping, and yes one with it's own man-made whitewater rafting adventure and mountain coaster!
If you choose the northern route (PA Turnpike/ Interstate 70/ 76) you'll pass some beautiful and fun areas such as:
Seven Springs Resort
The middle route would have you taking Interstate 68 off of I-70 and going through Cumberland, MD. Deep Creek Lake in Maryland is home to a wonderful summer lake with boating, dining, a beach, state parks, waterfalls, amusement park, ski lodge, golf, and of course the whitewater rafting and mountain coaster at the Wisp. And again... it's a man-made river for the rafting/ kayaking where they can control the level of the water at any time to give you a calmer or wilder ride. Perfect for boys your age if they've never been rafting. They also have zip lines, bowling, and anything else you can thing of.
If you are more-adventurous (and want to see some beautiful country), you can take a southern route. From the Falls Church area, take Interstate 68 West as far as you can go. Find US 48 on a map and take that route up to Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, as well. In West Virginia, US 48 is also called "Corridor H" and is 4-lane interstate. It's one of the most beautiful drives I've been on (through the Moorefield/ Petersburg area). Eventually US 48 will connect to Interstate 66 and it will be renamed I-66 the entire route... but probably not in my lifetime.
My final option would be to take the northern route, but get off the PA Turnpike in New Stanton, PA and take Interstate 70 West to Wheeling, WV. Wheeling is home to a fabulous resort with a great Lodge, dining, swimming, golf, mini-golf, par-3 golf, a zoo, and skiing in the winter. So much to do there, AND it's really easy to get to Cleveland in a little over 2 hours by taking I-70 to I-77.
Again, plenty of good options any way you go. Scenic beauty any of the three routes. State Parks and historical areas. Enjoy your trip!Edited: 19 June 2018, 19:42