West Virginia is nicknamed “Almost Heaven” and having lived there for 44 years, I feel an expert on the all of the amazing things to see and do in the mountain state. Though it always seems to catch a bad rap when it comes to lists and people poking fun at us, we take it in stride because honestly, we know better. West Virginia provided a fantastic place to raise my family; somewhere we felt safe that offered us the opportunity to make a good living, have a beautiful house, and be part of the state’s great culture. West Virginia is home to astronauts, movie stars, Olympic medalists, inventors, musicians, authors, Pulitizer Prize winners, just to name a few. Here are 95 reasons you should go to West Virginia for vacation or even a day trip. Come see for yourself why the pride of the mountain state is catching and now people all around the country are wanting to see it for themselves.
95 Reasons to Go To West Virginia- #gotowv
2- Visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory: Greenbank offers the world’s largest astronomical telescope. This one of a kind scientific wonder offers too many things to list; you have to see it to believe it! Wireless devices are banned here.
3- Tune in to Steve Bishop on V100 FM Radio: Tune in your FM radio to 99.9 to hear Steve Bishop (and partner Jenny) for their Steve and Jenny in the Morning radio show. Steve is Charleston’s favorite DJ and he makes you feel like part of an extended family.
4- Whitewater Raft the Gauley River: Paddlers rank this one of the top river destinations in the world for both technicality and scenery (think towering cliffs). Maybe that is why thousands of tourists flock here to brave the class 5 and 6 rapids. Newer paddlers will love the Lower Gauley river portion and daredevils will be salivating at the Upper Gauley’s challenges. These combined rivers drop 650 feet in 24 short miles. Hang on!
5- See the Famous Hatfields Gravesites: Hatfields, of the Hatfields and McCoys feud fame, that is. Visit the family cemetery and site of “Devil Anse” remains. This feud is a local and folklore favorite and Kevin Costner made the historical drama into a TV event that drew millions of viewers.
6- Take a Ghost Tour in Parkersburg: I first learned about this fun ghost tour through Southern Living magazine about 10 years ago. In Parkersburg, presences are felt from Civil War days, haunted hotels exist, railroad ghosts thrill ghost hunters, and an alien spaceship touched down here, from the “Mothman Prophecies”. It is no wonder that this is a spiritual world favorite and the tour is a way to get your feet wet. If you are really brave, spend the night at the Blennerhassett Hotel.
7- Dine with Friends or Family at Cafe Cimino: My favorite restaurant in the whole state of West Virginia is located in Sutton, about an hour from Charleston. Owners Melody and husband Chef Tim prepare and serve top quality organic and local (when possible) food and wine in a cozy inn setting. My go-to meal is the House Roasted Red Pepper appetizer, Filet Mignon Gorgonzola, and for dessert, the Zabalione. Enjoy a glass of wine and nibble on tapas in the artsy little riverside bar on the back of the property.
8- Play Bingo in Dunbar: N-35. I-26. B-5. BINGO! The stakes are high at this big paying bingo establishment that also sells tips (I’m a junkie for these instant prize winners) and delicious homemade food. A serious evening of entertainment for less than $30. Maybe you will win one of the big $500 or $1K jackpots. Profits benefit local school groups. BIG prize money!
9- Shop the Christmas Store at the Greenbrier Resort: This fancy Christmas shop outside of the train station and the Greenbrier Resort is open year-round and has the most fabulous decorations I have ever seen. Who doesn’t love a good Christmas store? Even the smells are spot on.
10- Have Your Photo Taken at Kanawha Falls: Kanawha Falls is an extremely wide and impressive waterfall across the Kanawha River in Glen Farris. I never drive by without stopping to capture a photograph of its beauty and contrast of the falls shimmering behind a rusted old power plant.
11- Eat at the Nostalgic Burger Carte: Located on I-60 in Smithers, this nostalgic and unique eatery is THE place to go when you are jonesing for a serious burger, fries, and milkshake. The fish sandwiches are pretty tasty, too.
12- Go Tubing or Kayak Down the Greenbrier River: Spend your day in the sun on the relaxing Greenbrier River in a recreational activity that anyone can do; floating in an inter tube. Canoeing and kayaking are also good choices.
13- Attend the WV Wine and All That Jazz Festival at UC: The University of Charleston is the perfect setting along the Kanawha River to host this lively festival. Hundreds of boaters will anchor around the school to hear the music and thousands of guests will sample wine and bring their blankets and lawn chairs for this fun social event. The daylong festivities benefit the Funds for the Arts program.
14- Play the Slots or Table Games at Mardi Gras Casino: West Virginia’s premier gambling facility houses both greyhound dog racing, slots, and table games, as well as a couple of restaurants and a 150 room attached hotel. The casino is 60,000 square feet and has over 1,000 slot machines that use the TITO (ticket in, ticket out) method. In case you had not guessed, the theme is Mardi Gras.
15- Watch a Marshall Thundering Herd Football Game: Marshall University’s football team is the big draw in Huntington when the Joan C. Edwards Stadium fills 40,000 people to cheer on the Thundering Herd. Marshall has produced some wonderful football players including Randy Moss and Chad Pennington. Marshall currently has 8 alumni playing in the NFL.
16- See the Beauty of the Monongahela National Forest: Beautiful nature scenery in the Allegheny Mountains, a real working forest. Well over a million tourists will visit the forest for their wildlife, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and other recreational activities.
17- Walk the Grounds of the WV State Capitol: West Virginia is home to the most beautiful state capitol of them all. The intricate architecture is overshadowed by its 293 ft gold dome. The inside of the capitol complex is made mostly of imported marble and the grounds lie across the street from the Kanawha River; a beautiful setting.
18- Schedule a Tour of the Blenko Glass Company: Blenko is a brand of hand-blown glass that has been produced in West Virginia since 1893 and is seen and sold around the world. They offer free tours and have an observation area for watching the glassmaking.
19- Take in a Mountain Stage Concert: Join host Larry Groce nearly every Sunday evening at the WV Cultural Center for a concert recording unlike any you have ever attended. This is West Virginia Public Radio’s nationally syndicated show, “Mountain Stage”, and has been going strong in the Kanawha Valley for over 30 years. Shows typically feature 4-6 artists and the venue is incredibly ntimate. I have seen many fantastic artists here through the years with my favorites being Natalie Merchant, Jonatha Brooke, and Zap Mama. Music genres include alternative, world music, country, indie rock, blues, and folk.
20- Indulge in a Treetops Canopy Tour: Zipline your way through the hemlock forest of the New River Gorge. Activities also include hiking, rappelling, and sky bridges.
21- Listen to some Bluegrass Music: The location for true bluegrass does not get better than right here in the center of Appalachia. Children learn to play at an early age and have impromptu jam sessions.
22- Shop the Bridge Road Shops: Located in my old “neck of the woods” are the upscale South Hills shops, now referred to as the Bridge Road Shops. Whether browsing or doing some serious shopping, be sure to check out Yarid’s for the best shoe selection, Sarah’s Bakery for the best sweets in Charleston, Geranium’s for ladies clothing and accessories, and Bridge Road Bistro for one of the best meals around (ask for Aaron or Marie). All shops are locally owned and community supported.
23- Spend the Weekend at the Gorgeous Stonewall Resort: This unique resort is located in West Virginia’s rolling hills and is full of outdoor recreation. The grounds feature an Arnold Palmer Golf course, one of the finest in the state, patios, lush greens, a fire pit, and gorgeous scenery. The “Adirondack-style” resort is lovely and provides excellent service as well as a stellar kids program, 3 onsite restaurants (I am a fan of Stillwaters), swimming facilities, and a better than average spa. You can even rent a boat from their marina!
24- Partake in the Crowder Auction QVC Showcase: This fast-paced auction house, located in Pinch, is home to QVC merchandise and I mean tons of it. Whether it is clothing, electronics, housewares, tools, jewelry, purses, appliances, or dishes you are looking for, the Crowder auction has you covered. Sign up for a number upon arrival and let the fun begin. You will score big time at this fun and entertaining live auction run by auctioneer Carl Crowder.
25- Plan a Picnic at Kanawha State Forest: Kanawha State Forest is located only 7 miles outside of Charleston and is the perfect spot for a family picnic, gathering, or celebration. Playgrounds, hiking trails, and mountain biking opportunities are available as well as covered shelters for picnics and parties. Pets are welcome, too.
26- Tour the WV State Wildlife Center: Located in French Creek, this site is home to owls, raccoons, bison, river otters, and bears plus many other local animals. How did I live in this state 44 years and never make it to this place?
27- See the Mothman Statue: This creature with the glowing red eyes singlehandedly terrorized the town of Point Pleasant plus they made a movie of it.
28- Ride Through Beckley’s Exhibition Coal Mine: West Virginia made its living through coal for many years and at this attraction, guests ride through the vintage mine in an actual coal car. Operation here ceased in 1953 and in 1962, tours began. Everyone my age has been on at least one school field trip there.
29- See the World’s Largest Teapot: Located in Chester, this stop promotes the teapot industry and the building even looks like one.
30- Bike the Greenbrier River Bike Trail: This reclaimed railroad track turned bike trail starts at White Sulfur Springs and ends 80 miles later at Cass Scenic Railroad. The Greenbrier Trail is the perfect place to walk, ride bikes or horses, and enjoy nature, plus offers designated spots to stop and rest or jump in the river for a quick cool down.
31-Watch a Baseball Game at Appalachian Power Park: Come out and enjoy America’s favorite pastime, baseball, with the West Virginia Power. The Power is a minor league baseball team and is the class A affiliate to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The park itself is remarkable and hosts many fun and charity events.
32- Visit the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace: See the historic home, now converted museum, of Pearl S. Buck, located in Hillsboro. Buck was the first American woman to win both the Pulitzer Prize (The Good Earth) and the Nobel Prize for Literature. The home is located in one of my favorite parts of West Virginia where you will get a good dose of country charm and majestic mountains.
33- Relax, You’ve Reached Domestic: The tagline for this Shepherdstown eatery. This college town restaurant is a foodie’s delight and a real hit with the hipster crowd. I will take the mushroom napoleon and the brown butter cajun catfish please. Do not miss the craft beer, wine, and cocktail selections.
34- Catch a Live on the Levee Concert: Attend one of these outdoor concerts for a night of free entertainment in a family friendly atmosphere. The tranquil river setting is the perfect backdrop. Street vendors are available for food and drinks. Better yet, pull up along the river in your boat and beat the crowds.
35- Explore Caves at Seneca Caverns: My favorite caves in West Virginia also offer gemstone mining and unique souvenirs. Take the 165 feet deep path into the 4.5 million year old cave to see the unique geological formations, including stalagmites (rises from the ground up), stalactites (hangs from the ceiling), and flowstone.
36- Have Lunch at the Cathedral Cafe: This 100+ year old stone church, now restaurant, is a local’s favorite and offers tasty sandwiches, soups, and drinks. This is a popular spot for locals, coffee drinkers, and artsy types, located in downtown Fayetteville.
37- Take a Drive and Hike Through Hawk’s Nest State Park: This state park is bursting with beauty and fun in the form of stunning panoramic views, wildlife, an aerial tram to the river, hiking, and a jetboat adventure ride. Rooms are cheap if you wish to stay and the restaurant is not bad either.
38- See Droop Mountain Battlefield: Visit the site of the last major American Civil War conflict in West Virginia at this 3104 feet elevation in Pocahontas County.
39- Attend the Funeral Parade: Dress for the occasion in your Mardi Gras inspired costume and do not forget your best umbrella for Charleston’s annual Funeral Parade, for over 30 years. This New Orleans style parade dances and marches down Capitol Street to the sounds of the River Rat Band the Saturday before Labor Day.
40- Drive Through Oglebay Park’s Winter Festival of Lights: One of the top rated Christmas light displays in America is located in Wheeling and has been going strong since 1985. This 6 mile drive featuring 300 acres of lights and displays was voted one of the 10 best Christmas light displays in the US by AOL Travel.
41- Tour Historic Harper’s Ferry: John Brown’s Fort, found at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, is where John Brown and his followers barricaded themselves during the infamous raid that sparked the American Civil War. The views are spectacular and draws around a million visitors per year. Ghost tours are available, too.
42- Drive Across the New River Gorge Bridge: Once the world’s longest single-span arch bridge, it is now the third, but still a beauty to behold.
43- Visit a Retro Amusement Park: Camden Park, sign of the happy clown, is a cheesy, but still enjoyable small amusement park established in 1902. Crowd favorite rides include the Big Dipper, Paratrooper, and Rattler. Long time visitors will remember pronto pups (which you can still buy today) and the roller rink.
44- Stroll through Tamarack: Tamarack is a huge artisan center full of quality West Virginia handicrafts and artwork in Beckley, right off of the WV Turnpike for convenience. These are not typical tourist trinkets on display but an impressive selection of upscale and handcrafted arts and crafts. The Greenbrier Resort manages an onsite cafeteria offering delicious food and drink. Try the fried green tomatoes! Certainly not your typical fast food selections.
45- Eat a Biscuit Sandwich From Tudor’s: Tudor’s Biscuit World is practically a state institution, with a scrumptious breakfast menu to choose from and down home lunch and dinner favorites. My favorites are the Ron on toast (egg, cheese, sausage) and the Peppy (pepperoni and melted cheese).
46- Partake in the Spa at Berkeley Springs State Park: Berkeley Springs has 102° mineral waters to enjoy in separate private walk-in tubs. This is one of the nation’s oldest health “healing spas”, most notably used by George Washington over a span of years.
47- Attend a Performance or Concert at the Clay Center: Charleston’s premier performance hall, the Clay Center, is home to big name entertainment, concerts, Broadway shows, and comedy. The calendar of events has something for everyone. My favorite performances were Jason Mraz and Peter Frampton.
48- Tour the Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town—The Bloomery grows their own lemons and makes limoncello to rival their Italian counter parts. This is a fun and funky spot where you can enjoy a tasting of all of their flavors.
49- Book the Historic Home Tour of Bramwell: Once the richest neighborhoods in West Virginia, this town of old money and said to be mansions is a delight to explore. About 10 historic homes open their doors to the public once a year for this popular event in a super cute and friendly town.
50- Take a Tour of the Palace of Gold: Walk through the Prabhubada’s glimmer temples created by the Hare Krishna community. The palace’s interior is that of opulence with over 50 varieties of marble and onyx, stained glass windows, and mirrored ceilings. The grounds mostly resemble an Indian Kingdom, full of lush gardens and lovely waterfalls. After visiting the Palace Lodge, I could not believe there were that many Indian people living in or near Wheeling, WV. Do not miss the lotus pond!
51- Eat a Pepperoni Roll in Fairmont: These tasty hand-held treats were invented in West Virginia in the 1940’s by a man from Italy who came to work in the coal mines. Pepperoni rolls, pepperoni wrapped in billowy bread dough, are officially the state food and once you try them, you will be hooked.
53- Tour the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: This stone psychiatric hospital was operational for 130 years, performing more lobotomies than anywhere else in the nation. It is open for tours and has a reputation for being haunted. TV’s “Ghost Adventures” (Travel Channel) and “Ghost Hunters” (SyFY) have visited the site and cannot explain all of the hauntings they witnessed.
54- Catch a WVU Basketball Game: Make a trip to Morgantown to see the Mountaineer basketball team play coached by the legendary Bob Huggins. The coliseum set up will have you wrapped up in all of the action and cheering along with the student section in no time.
55- Drive the Quilt Trail: Visit Monroe County and go on the quilt trail to see iconic quilt patterns on the sides of barns. A few of the examples of the patterns are wedding, log cabin, shoo-fly, and Dresden plate. There are more than 60 along the drive.
56- Attend the Annual WV State Fair: Outstanding eats, entertainment, a variety of competitions, carnival style rides, and games are what you will find at this incredible 10 day event in Fairlea. I love the livestock competition and all of the fun amusement style rides. Go for the eats if nothing more.
57- Ride the Cass Scenic Railraod Train: Springtime is the perfect time to plan your ride because at the top, the meadow on top of the mountain is abloom with wildflowers and looks like something out of “Sound of Music”!
58- Spend a day at Waterways: This 88 mile water park is Boone County’s major tourist attraction. Bring the whole family for plenty of fun with water slides, a lazy river, Olympic size pool, miniature golf, and picnic facilities. Coolers are even allowed.
59- Sip Some Wine at Forks of Cheat Winery: Friendly staff and local wines make this worth the visit as well as the rums they are now offering. A hidden jewel in Morgantown.
60- Discover Lost World Caverns: A self-guided cave in Lewisburg where you can spend as much time as you wish exploring the rocks and crevices throughout the 120 feet deep cave. The cave remains at 52 degrees year round and contains gorgeous formations. The Snowy Chandelier is quite impressive.
61- Climb the State’s Most Famous Seneca Rocks: Located in Grant County, Seneca Rocks has rock “fins” rising over 300 feet out of a hillside. They also offer a climbing school that has been in business for 40 years. This is for serious climbers!
62- Try a Delicious Pizza and Craft Beers from Pies & Pints: My favorite pizza ever! Pies & Pints lets you order 1 pie and choose 2 different combinations. They offer a decent happy hour and have many beers on tap to choose from. PBR for $1, sign me up!
63- Go Birding: Parkersburg is home to more than 250 species of birds.
64- Stop by Hillbilly Hot Dog for a Real Thrill: This restaurant in Huntington has been featured on Food Network shows in the past and offers dozens of different hot dog combinations. The decor is tacky and packed with dozens of dusty trinkets but people love it! Lots to look at.
65- Listen to live music at The Fiddlehead: One of the best venues (also a restaurant) in the state for live music, located in Thomas. Go on Wednesdays for Open Mic night. I opt for the sausage and cheese plate.
66- Camp at Summersville Lake: One of my favorite seasonal activities would be taking our boat to the lake and camping nearby. This man made freshwater lake is formed by a rock fill dam and can be up to 327 feet deep in some parts. Incredible rock cliffs line the lake which makes great fishing conditions for bass, catfish, and walleye. There are plenty of camping sites, boats, and cabins available for rent in the area.
67- Tour the West Virginia State Penitentiary: Located in Moundsville, this 1876 gothic tourist favorite has a creepy history with riots, fires, and over 100 executions. Ask about the Greenbrier Ghost.
68- Check Off Fish Hatchery from your Bucket List: (that was a joke) The WV Department of Natural Resources operates a few of them. The Golden Rainbow Trout was first bred in WV!
69- Stroll Through The Downtown Lewisburg Shops and Restaurants: Lewisburg is located in the heart of Greenbrier County and has the charms of a small country town with the hipster attitude that sets it apart from anywhere else in the state. Award-winning galleries and upscale shops line the main drag as well as tasty restaurants. My choices for eats are Stella’s and Stardust Cafe. If you are there in April, do not miss the Annual Chocolate Festival.
70- Dine at Cafe Acropolis: Summersville’s most famous dining spot, Cafe Acropolis brings diners the delight of Greek food in a unique setting. Caution: customers complain about the prices but for the area, there is nothing that can compare.
71- Take Time to Play at Ace Adventure: This spot has something for everyone. The lake has giant inflatables to climb and jump from such as large “icebergs” and slides. They have a huge “Blob” that looks like a big pillow, that can catapult a person at least 20 feet in the air with the right jumper following another. Ace Adventure also has a zip line across the lake that is quite popular and offer mountain top zip lining and white water rafting just a short bus ride from the lake. You can also stay in one of their cabins.
72- Browse the Capitol Market: Charleston’s premier fresh-food destination is that of a former rail yard. Exposed brick and trendy decor make this market visually appealing but the greatest draw is the fresh vendor stalls outside (weather permitting) and the onsite restaurants, coffee shop, and local merchants. Buy all of your seasonal items here, too, such as Christmas trees and pumpkins.
73- Have an Adventure at Stonewall Jackson Resort: Enjoy the lake by kayak or boat ride. Other fun activities include taking a bike ride and spotting wildlife along the way, swimming in the indoor/outdoor pool, or soaking in the outdoor hot tub. At night, sit by the campfire with an adult beverage or roast marshmallows.
74- Shop for Fiestaware Discounts: The outlet mall at Flatwoods has a Homer Laughlin China Co. Fiestaware shop that features deep discounts on this famous West Virginia made pottery.
75- Go Snow Tubing at Winterplace: Winterplace Ski Resort is home to epic snow tubing, the largest in the state! They feature 2 super tubing carpet lifts and 20 lanes of sliding fun. No gear? No problem. Rent everything you need on the premises. Better than average food selections also available.
76- Spend the weekend at the Glen Ferris Inn: This historic Inn has a gorgeous landscape and epic views of Kanawha Falls waterfall that crosses the entire river. I like to treat myself to the “penthouse” and keep an eye out for their themed dinners. German is their specialty and it is worth the drive.
77- Explore Cranberry Glades: This peat bog is a geologic and botanic anomaly; the plants that grow here are hundreds of miles north. A boardwalk allows for strolling through the glades and seeing the cranberries grow wild. Do not miss the pitcher plants and orchids.
78- Eat locally at the Thyme Bistro: This top-rated bistro is a delight for the palate. The sustainable restaurant, located in Weston, is friendly and nicely decorated; one would never expect to find such upscale eats in this quaint, country town. Venture out and try exotic dishes such as rabbit noodle soup, beef Bourguignon, and cottage pie.
79- Molly Moocher Hunting: Better known as morel mushrooms, they can be found and picked from March to early May in the damp woods. These mushrooms are delicious!
80- Get a Touch of European Elegance: Visit the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, overlooking the Potomac River, in one of the cutest, small towns in WV. Stroll around Shepherdstown to shop in unique stores and dine at locally owned restaurants.
81- Find Your Way Through a Corn Maze: A seasonal activity in Milton that attracts a huge crowd and is fun for the entire family.
82- Hike Dolly Sods: Sitting at the top of a mountain ridge near Canaan Valley is like entering another world. You are able to drive to the top of the mountain and then walk along the rock formations to enjoy the views. Most of the trees only have limbs on one side due to the almost constant winds.
83- Treat yourself to an awesome Mexican meal at Cozumel Mexican Restaurant: “The” place for delicious fajitas, finger-licking good cheese dip, and spicy salsa with fresh, warm tortilla chips is at the Ashton Place shopping complex on the Corridor G, right outside of Charleston. Cozumel is a neighborhood favorite and referred to as “Cozy”.
84- Visit Cacapon State Park in the Eastern Panhandle: Take a trail ride and stop by the equestrian center. The rolling hills are great for exploring.
85- See an Outdoor Drama at Grandview Theatre: Watch a live show in a cool outdoor setting at a cliffside amphitheater. “Honey in the Rock” is a WV based show that has been playing for dozens of years now, preserving West Virginia’s history since 1955, although I prefer to see the touring productions.
86- Dine in a Charleston Favorite- Bluegrass Kitchen: Jon and Keely know how to please Charlestonians and tourists alike with their farm-to-table comfort food choices including vegan and vegetarian options, prepared with a modern twist. Occasional live music and local artists work pop from the walls in this brunch, lunch, and “supper” eatery sure to satisfy your hunger and thirst.
87- Have a Delicious Pastry from Sarah’s Bakery: Oh my, the day Sarah’s Bakery opened up, my pants immediately started fitting tighter. Master baker Sarah Plumley could compete with any bakery, anywhere, and come out a champion. For sweets, I prefer the whoopee pies, scones, and strawberry danish, but my heart was stolen by the quiche the first time I tried it.
88- Enjoy Swiss Dining at Helvetia Hutte Restaurant: The Helvetia “HOO-tay” is a hidden jewel on a curvy mountain road near Buchannon. Stop when you reach the Swiss style buildings because you are in for an authentic treat, a Swiss one. The restaurant has a charming, homey setting that feels like “home”. Sign me up for the Sunday buffet!
89- Ski the Slopes at Snowshow: A resort for all seasons. The winter months are popular for skiing, snowmobiling, and snowtubing at the most popular ski resort in WV. Summer months are great for mountain biking, 4×4 tours along the mountain trails, and several weekend festivals that bring visitors from all over the country. During this time, they allow you to ride the chair lift down to the lake where you can kayak, Stand Up Paddle, swim, or relax in one of the hammocks hanging in the trees.
90- Feast on Italian Eats at La Trattoria: If you are in the Martinsburg area, run, do not walk, to this delicious authentic Italian eatery. Their selection of 6 homemade pasta sauces will knock your socks off! I hear the Fettuccine Gypsy is highly recommended. Gluten free pasta is also available.
91- Sing “Country Roads” at the Milan Puskar Stadium After a WVU Home Football Game Win: Although the entire football game experience at Milan Puskar Stadium is something that you will be sure to remember, nothing compares to singing “Country Roads” with every other fan in the stadium after a win. It is electric.
92- Stroll Through Days of Yore at the Heritage Farm Museum & Village: A place to learn about Appalachian heritage through museum offerings of past, present, and future showcases. They also have a country store, blacksmith, schoolhouse, petting zoo, and log home b&b’s available to stay overnight in.
93- Attend Bridge Day in October– See the BASE jumpers leap over 800 feet off the New River Gorge Bridge into the river below as the crowds draw to cheer them on.
94- Take Fido to the Dog Park: The east end of Charleston is where pet-lovers will be thrilled to let their dogs play at the off-leash Ruth Rafferty Peyton dog park, the only dog park in Kanawha County. Pet owners can relax on the benches while their dogs run and play.
95- Stroll the Shops on Capitol Street- Located in downtown Charleston, Capitol Street is arguably the most popular street in town and where all the memories of days gone by take place. Gone are the huge department and chain stores, but in their place, locally owned restaurants and shops that are fun to browse and explore.
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*** A special thank you to Angie Richards and Pama Rutledge for their contributions on this post.