95 Reasons to Visit West Virginia
“Almost Heaven, West Virginia” is my home state. Having lived there for 44 years, I feel that I am an expert on The Mountain State. Though West Virginia catches a bad rap when it comes to lists and people poking fun at us, we take it in stride because we know better.
West Virginia was a fantastic place to raise my family; a place where we felt safe and a place that offered us the opportunity to make a good living, have a beautiful house and immerse ourselves the state’s great culture. West Virginia is home to astronauts, movie stars, Olympic medalists, inventors, musicians, authors, and Pulitzer Prize winners, just to name a few.
Here are 95 reasons to visit West Virginia. Come see for yourself why the pride of the Mountain State is catching on and people from all around the country are visiting.
When you are ready to book your trip to West Virginia
#1 Explore the Mystery Hole
A place where the Earth’s gravity is all out of whack and water runs uphill. The tour is fun and quirky plus the drive getting there is beautiful. You’ll take oodles of pictures!
#2 Visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Greenbank has 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 your FM radio to 99.9 to hear Steve Bishop (and partner Jenny) for the Steve and Jenny in the Morning radio show. Steve is Charleston’s favorite DJ and makes you feel like part of the station’s extended family.
#4 Visit West Virginia for the Whitewater Rafting Raft
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 welcome the Upper Gauley’s challenges. These combined rivers drop 650 feet in 24 short miles. Hang on!
#5 See the Famous Hatfields Gravesite
The 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. Kevin Costner made the historical drama into a TV event that drew in 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 in Sutton, about an hour from Charleston. The owners, Melody and her 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 Zabaglione. 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 bingo establishment that also sells tips (I’m a junkie for these instant prize winners) and delicious homemade food. This is 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 at the Greenbrier Resort is open year-round. It has the most fabulous decorations I have ever seen. Who doesn’t love a good Christmas store? Even the smells are spot on. Many US Presidents and the elite have visited West Virginia for the Greenbrier Resort experience.
#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. The contrast of the falls shimmering behind a rusted old power plant is impressive.
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. Burger Carte’s 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 on an intertube. Canoeing and kayaking are also fun 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 the lively WV Wine and All That Jazz Festival. Hundreds of boaters anchor around the school to hear the music while thousands of guests 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 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 eight alumni playing in the NFL.
#16 See the Beauty of the Monongahela National Forest
There is beautiful natural scenery in the Allegheny Mountains, a real working forest. Well over one million tourists will visit the forest for its wildlife, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and other recreational activities.
#17 Visit West Virginia’s Beautiful State Capitol
West Virginia is home to the most beautiful state capital 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. West Virginia Public Radio’s nationally syndicated show, “Mountain Stage“, has been going strong in the Kanawha Valley for over 30 years. Shows typically feature four to six artists and the venue is incredibly intimate. 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. This live show is a reason that people visit West Virginia.
#20 Indulge in a Treetops Canopy Tour
Zipline your way through the hemlock forest of the New River Gorge in a Treetops canopy tour. 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 just browsing or doing some serious shopping, be sure to check out Yarid’s for the fantastic 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. All shops are locally owned and community supported.
#23 Spend the Weekend at the Gorgeous Stonewall Resort
The Stonewall Resort is in West Virginia’s rolling hills and is full of outdoor fun. 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, three onsite restaurants (I am a fan of Stillwater), swimming facilities, and a spa. You can even rent a boat from their marina!
#24 Partake in the Crowder Auction QVC Showcase
This fast-paced auction house is home to QVC merchandise and 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 only seven miles outside of Charleston and is the perfect spot for a family picnic, gathering, or celebration. There are playgrounds, hiking trails, mountain biking opportunities, and covered shelters for picnics and parties. Pets are welcome, too.
#26 Tour the WV State Wildlife Center
Located in French Creek, the West Virginia State Wildlife Center is home to owls, raccoons, bison, river otters, and bears plus many other local animals. How did I live in WV for 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 a movie was made about 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. The operation here ceased in 1953 but in 1962, tours began. Everyone my age has been on at least one school field trip to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.
#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 River Bike Trail is the perfect place to walk, ride bikes or horses, and enjoy nature. It also 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 with the West Virginia Power. The Power is West Virginia’s minor league baseball team and is the class-A affiliate of 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 in Hillsboro. Buck was the first American woman to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize for Literature. The home is in one of my favorite parts of West Virginia; you will get a good dose of country charm and majestic mountains.
#33 Relax, You’ve Reached Domestic
…Is the tagline for this Shepherdstown eatery. The 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, stalactites, and flowstone.
#36 Have Lunch at the Cathedral Cafe
Locals love this 100+-year-old stone church, now a restaurant. It offers tasty sandwiches, soups, and drinks in downtown Fayetteville.
#37 Take a Drive or 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 jet boat 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. Chances are, you haven’t driven roads like this in your lifetime as the ones getting to Droop Mountain Battlefield.
#39 Attend the Funeral Parade
Dress in your Mardi Gras inspire costume and do not forget your best umbrella for Charleston’s annual Funeral Parade. This New Orleans style parade dances down Capitol Street to the sounds of the River Rat Band the Saturday before Labor Day (for 30 years now!).
#40 Drive Through Oglebay Park’s Winter Festival of Lights
One of the top-rated Christmas light displays in America is 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 draw around one 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. The New River Gorge Bridge is part of the National Parks Services so be sure to get your passport stamped.
#43 Visit a Retro Amusement Park
Camden Park, the sign of the happy clown, is a cheesy, but 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 arts and crafts. The Greenbrier Resort manages an onsite cafeteria offering delicious food and drinks. Try the fried green tomatoes!
#45 Eat a Biscuit Sandwich From Tudor’s Biscuit World
Tudor’s is practically a state institution, with a scrumptious breakfast menu and down-home lunch and dinner favorites. My picks are the Ron on toast (egg, cheese, sausage) and Peppy (pepperoni and melted cheese). FYI: The real name is Biscuit World, but the locals only know it as Tudor’s.
#46 Indulge in the Spa at Berkeley Springs State Park
Berkeley Springs has 102° mineral waters to enjoy in 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 at the Clay Center
Charleston’s premier performance hall, the Clay Center, is home to big-name entertainment, concerts, Broadway shows, and comedy acts. 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 Plantation Distillery grows their own lemons and makes limoncello to rival their Italian counterparts. This is a fun and funky spot where you can enjoy a delicious tasting.
#49 Book the Historic Home Tour of Bramwell
Once the richest neighborhood in West Virginia, this town is a delight to explore. About 10 historic homes open their doors to the public once a year for this popular event in the super cute and friendly town.
#50 Take a Tour of the Palace of Gold
Walk through the Prabhupada’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 the Indian Kingdom full of lush gardens and lovely waterfalls. 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.
#52 Have a Photo Shoot on the Locust Creek Bridge
A beautiful covered bridge in Hillsboro that is well worth the drive.
#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 that 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 setup 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 a 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 Lewisburg. 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 Railroad Train
Springtime is the perfect time to plan your trip because 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 the winery is now offering. It is definitely a hidden jewel in Morgantown.
#60 Discover Lost World Caverns
Lost World Caverns is a self-guided cave in Lewisburg where you can spend as much time as you wish to explore the rocks and crevices throughout the 120 feet deep cave. The cave remains at 52º 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. There is also a climbing school that has been in business for 40 years. Seneca Rocks are for serious climbers!
#62 Try a Delicious Pizza and Craft Beer from Pies & Pints
My favorite pizza ever! Pies & Pints lets you order one pie and choose two different combinations. The restaurant offers a decent happy hour and has 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. Grab your binoculars and start the hunt.
#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 is The Fiddlehead in Thomas, West Virginia. Go on Wednesdays for Open Mic night and snack on a sausage and cheese plate.
#66 Camp at Summersville Lake
One of my favorite seasonal activities was taking our boat to Summersville Lake and camping nearby. This man-made freshwater lake is formed by a rockfill 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 West Virginia!
#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 visit 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. Some complain about the prices, but for the area, there is nothing that can compare.
#71 Take Time to Play at Ace Adventure
There is something for everyone at Ace Adventure. The lake has giant inflatables to climb and jump from, such as large “icebergs” and slides. A huge “Blob” that looks like a big pillow can catapult a person at least 20 feet in the air with one jumper following another. Ace Adventure also has a zip line across the lake that is quite popular and offers mountaintop 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 the 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 Discounted Fiestaware
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
The Winterplace Ski Resort is home to epic snow tubing; the largest in the state! Winterplace features two super tubing carpet lifts and 20 lanes of sliding fun. No gear? No problem. Rent everything you need on the premises.
#76 Spend the Weekend at the Glen Ferris Inn
This historic Inn has a gorgeous landscape and epic views of Kanawha Falls that crosses the entire river. I like to treat myself to the “penthouse” and keep an eye out for the themed dinners. German is the Inn’s 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 Go 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 Enjoy a Touch of European Elegance
Visit the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, overlooking the Potomac River, in one of the cutest, small towns in West Virginia. 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 huge crowds and is fun for the entire family is the awesome Corn Maze.
#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 Mexican Food at Cozumel Mexican Restaurant
“The” place for delicious fajitas, finger-licking good cheese dip, and spicy salsa with fresh, warm tortilla chips is in the Ashton Place shopping complex on the Corridor G, right outside of Charleston. Cozumel Mexican Restaurant 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 this cliffside amphitheater. “Honey in the Rock” is a WV based show that has been playing for dozens of years, preserving West Virginia’s history since 1955 (although I prefer to see the touring productions).
#86 Dine at 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 whoopie 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 Snowshoe
Snowshoe is a resort for all seasons. The winter months are popular for skiing, snowmobiling, and snow tubing 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.
#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. The selection of six homemade pasta sauces will knock your socks off! 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
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 (especially 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. There is also 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 more than 800 feet off of the New River Gorge Bridge into the river below as the crowds cheer them on during the annual Bridge Day.
#94 Take Fido to the Dog Park
Let your dogs play off of their leash at the Ruth Rafferty Peyton dog park in Charleston’s East End. Relax on a bench while your dogs run and play.
#95 Stroll Down Capitol Street
Capitol Street is arguably the most popular street in Charleston and where all of the memories of days gone by took 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.
Surely this is enough reasons for you to want to visit Almost Heaven, West Virginia. Need more? Check out the state tourism site for more West Virginia ideas.
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