West Virginia Vacation Ideas

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #1: Take a scenic train ride on The Potomac Eagle through the West Virginia farmland and mountains. When you reach the Trough, a narrow gorge in the mountains, look out among the abundant wildflowers and evergreens for American Bald Eagles. These magnificent birds are spotted on 9 out of ten trips so this is your chance to see our country's symbol.

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #2: For hiking, biking and horseback riding, the North Bend Rail Trail is the perfect place to go.

Operated by West Virginia State Parks, the trail winds 72 miles through the beautiful woodlands and farms of Parkersburg to Wolf Summit. You will pass through tunnels, over bridges and streams, and past numerous rural towns and points of interest.

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #3: In the heart of the Allegheny Mountains you will find Helvetia, a small Swiss town founded in 1869 and now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The traditions and customs of the original Swiss settlers are preserved by the modern residents including an original settler's cabin, 10 preserved historic buildings and a museum.

Various community events and festivals are held and allow visitors to share in the Swiss traditions. This vacation idea makes a great family destination.

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #4: Lost River Craft Cooperative and Museum is a co-op of craftmakers and artisans in Lost River, West Virginia. Situated in a renovated 150 year old Harper Barn, the members get together to offer their crafts for sale. In the lower level is the Lost River Valley Museum with exhibits depicting life in West Virginia's Lost River Valley over the past 200 years.
West Virginia Vacation Ideas #5: Plan a vacation stop at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, the site of the last and largest Civil War battle in West Virginia. The engagement took place high on a plateau overlooking the Greenbrier River Valley north of Lewisburg. Droop Mountain Battlefield is an official Civil War Discovery Trail site. Battle reenactments are held every year. The battlefield is marked to indicate significant events and there is an observation tower, hiking trails to scenic overlooks, and a museum.
West Virginia Vacation Ideas #6: Take a tour of Smoke Hole Caverns west of Petersburg, home to the world's longest ribbon stalactite which weighs in at 6 tons. See the 274 ft high Sparkling Room of Million Stalactites. The Crystal Cave Coral Pool is filled with golden and rainbow trout. You will also find a wildlife museum and West Virginia's largest souvenir & gift shop.
West Virginia Vacation Ideas #7: The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is a great place to take the whole family. They have a pool & waterslide, tennis courts, basketball court, picnic and grill facilities, horseshoe pits, one-mile fitness trail, covered picnic shelter, concession stand, large playing field, volleyball, RV and tent camping, and a museum with old coal mining artifacts and photos.
West Virginia Vacation Ideas #8: Canyon Rim Ranch in Fayetteville, has several excellent vacation activity packages. You can explore the New River Gorge on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle). You can rent a horse for a full-day ride, dinner and sunset rides, or overnight pack trips. If you need a little more excitement, they can hook you up with some whitewater rafting which is very popular spot in West Virginia.
West Virginia Vacation Ideas #9: Wheeling Island is connected to Wheeling by the historic Wheeling Suspension Bridge, the world's oldest major long-span suspension bridge. On the island is the Wheeling Downs Greyhound Racetrack and Gaming Center where you can enjoy live dog racing and video slots. Wheeling's Civic Center is the place to see some ice hockey action with the East Coast Hockey League Wheeling Nailers.
West Virginia Vacation Ideas #10: West Virginia rivers are considered to be in the top ten white-water rafting experiences in the world. The Gauley River is the most challenging as it passes through the gorges of the Appalachian Mountains. “Heaven Help You” and “Pure Screaming” are the names given to two of these exciting rafting spots. The New River is also popular and it also has many sections that are calm enough for beginners to get their feet wet and have fun.
West Virginia Vacation Ideas #11: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, played an important role in American history all the way back to Colonial days. Today the town is a National Historical Park. It has been preserved to look the way it did during the Civil War along with quaint shops, restaurants and art galleries.

The history is brought to life with historical exhibits and tours, interpretive displays, and recreational activities. Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Harpers Ferry id great for walking and hiking trails, rock climbing, wildlife viewing and other outdoor activities.

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #11: Fox Fire Resort Milton, WV is a resort that is dedicated to outdoor recreation for the whole family or for business conferences. Things to do at Fox Fire include swimming in the pool, paddle boats, golf putting greens, fishing, water slide, Jacuzzi, tennis plus volleyball and basketball and a playground. And, you’ll just have to take a ride in their hot air balloon.

Spend an hour or a day or even a week. We’re talking about the Heritage Farm Museum & Village in Huntington, WV where a visit is just like going to grandma and grandpa’s farm those many years ago. We don’t have room here to tell you all of the great features of this super vacation idea but you can catch all the valuable information on their web site.

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #12: Beech Fork State Park is close enough to Charleston, Cincinnati and Lexington to make is a super attraction for locals along with vacationers. This 3,144 acres park is home to interesting wild life such as songbirds and migratory water fowl. The park is special for its hiking, bicycling and just plain walking. The fishing here is superb which catches of bluegill, catfish, bass and walleye.

The Museum of Radio & Technology in Huntington, WV is a window into the time when radio was king, back in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The museum has a rich supply of working models from crystal sets to battery radios to shortwave that picked up international stations. Take a peek at their web site and you’ll likely see something of high interest that’s worth a personal visit.

The “Mystery Hole” in Ansted, WV is apparently an honest to goodness mystery. Perhaps it’s an enigma which is the toughest of all mysteries to solve. The scuttlebutt is that gravity has a strong connection with the Mystery Hole. It is also said that people who have seen it become cross-eyed for several days. Well, there’s only one answer, and that involves a trip to Ansted, WV.

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #13: Theatre West Virginia, Cliffside Amphitheater in Beckley, WV presents several excellent stage shows in the warmer weather. The Hatfields & McCoys is one of the regular dramas which is based on the famous West Virginia legend. Other regular presentations are “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and the musical “Phil Dirt & The Dozers.”

The Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Cass, WV has some great scenic excursions that give the allusion of times past. Using steam locomotives the trips provide some exceptional scenery. The town of Cass is immortalized by a diorama model of the town in the late 1930’s which includes working model trains. There are restored company houses that are rented to vacationers.

The Coal Heritage Museum in Madison, WV preserves the history and heritage of the West Virginia coal mines. This includes company records, miners tools, oral history, tapes, photographs plus many other artifacts. Check out the company store and the exhibit “A Miners Life - The Way It Was.” The famous Coal Miner’s Statue can be seen at the Boone County Courthouse.

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #14:
Harpers Ferry Virginia
Harpers Ferry Virginia
When I was a kid my parents used to take us for weekend trips to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Most of Harpers Ferry is a national park dedicated to the years just prior to the civil war. It's where John Brown and his abolitionists attacked the federal armory.

The town of Harpers Ferry is kept in the same way as it was in the mid 1800's and there are museums and small shops as well as eateries to explore. I go there once a year in the fall because it is so beautiful and a great place to relax and enjoy old memories of when the whole family was gathered together.

While there isn't a great deal to do in Harpers Ferry these days it's still a great place to experience and explore with a friend or loved ones. There are some great bed and breakfast's located there and a lot of nice little shops selling home made goods such as candles, art and jewelry. If you enjoy the beauty of old towns in a relaxing setting then you might fall in love with the place, I know I did. - By Tim from Baltimore

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #15: The New River Jetboats are located in Ansted, WV and they deliver some very exciting rides. It all starts with a Tram ride along the rim of New River Gorge followed by a Jetboat Ride upstream for a spectacular view of the New River Gorge Bridge. These jet boats are designed to be very stable in the water. Your tour guide will provide a wealth of information regarding the area.

The Wild Blue Adventure Co. in Oak Hill, WV is a very interesting vacation stop. They are dedicated to sharing the natural beauty of West Virginia landscape via a ride in an open cockpit biplane. You will see the stunning New River Gorge as few people ever get to see it. Feeling the air swoop around you in the bi-plane cockpit is even better than a parachute jump.

The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia in Beckley, WV has several interesting exhibits. The Exhibition Coal Mine and the Youth Museum are quite popular with visitors. The main gallery of the Youth Museum is constructed from four railroad boxcars. The central exhibit features approximately three different exhibits each year.

West Virginia Vacation Ideas #15: The Avampato Discovery Museum in Charleston, WV is an interesting place on a family vacation to West Virginia. The museum has a large collection of high quality interactive, scientific exhibits which have been a tourist favorite. They also have a planetarium with a show schedule and an art collection if art by American artists.

New River Gorge National River in Beaver, WV has a lot of outdoor activities to offer the vacationer. It is an absolutely beautiful area of the country and coupled with an excellent list of things to do you’ll have a top-notch vacation. These activities include whitewater rafting, climbing, birding, camping, biking plus and a chance to learn about the local culture.

Tourists and vacationers love tours. So, why not take a haunted house tour. The goal of the Haunted Heartland Tours of Summersville, WV is to provide high value, interesting tours which mix the paranormal with science and local history. All of this includes haunted walks, the Whipple Company Store and others.

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