119 Things to do on US Route 119
A Glimpse Into US Route 119
Travelling across US Route 119 leads you to extraordinary places off the beaten path. From straight stretches to curvy country roads, the incredible sights and sounds of this route will never be forgotten. When exploring US Route 119, get ready to experience one-of-a-kind places in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Almost Heaven, West Virginia.
Begin your US 119 journey in beautiful Pike County, Kentucky, a place with an abundance of scenic beauty and southern hospitality. Rich with history, Pike County is home to many significant Hatfield and McCoy feud sites. In fact, you can even experience the self-guided Hatfield and McCoy Feud Tour, which includes all historic sites both in Kentucky and West Virginia.
After a historic tour, relax and unwind at the Dueling Barrels Brewery and Distillery, nestled in the Appalachian foothills of Eastern Kentucky. Here, visitors can tour the beautiful facility, learn about the process and taste Dueling Barrels incredible craft beers and Kentucky Moonshine.
Pike County is also known for its exhilarating Pikeville Street Car Drag Racing. Catch racing enthusiasts from around the country take to the streets of downtown Pikeville for the Pikeville Streetcar Drag Racing Challenge. It’s held the second weekend of every month from May to October. For a fun and unique experience, visit Pikeville during Hillbilly Days, one of Kentucky’s largest festivals. Hillbilly Dyas is three days of live music, dancing and showcasing amazing artists and craftspeople.
Visit “Trails Heaven” in Hatfield & McCoy Country
The Hatfield and McCoy Country area is known for its scenic beauty, rich history and one-of-a-kind adventures. This area is home to Hatfield-McCoy Trails, one of the largest off-highway vehicle trail systems in the world. Any skill level will enjoy riding through the rich mountains of southern West Virginia and visiting the “ATV friendly towns” the trails lead you to. Also in the area you can find the gorgeous Chief Logan State Park, Coalfield Jamboree Theatre and Christmas in the Park.
Explore hip & historic Charleston
Continue you on your US Route 119 trip, which conveniently leads you right to the Mountain State’s beautiful Capital City, Charleston. Here, exploring comes naturally thanks to the city’s incredibly rich history and its unique stops and shops. For a taste of history and sightseeing visit the West Virginia State Capitol Complex. At the Capitol Complex, visitors can take guided tours of the beautiful State Capitol as well as the Governor’s Mansion. Also, located at the complex is the Culture Center and West Virginia State Museum, a wonderful place to learn more about the Mountain State and its incredible history.
Just a few blocks away, travelers can find the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. The Clay Center houses performing arts, visual arts and sciences under one roof and aims to inspire creativity, learning and wonder. At the Clay Center, unique events, shows and performances are always taking place and children will love the Avampato Discovery Museum.
In the evening, head to the always entertaining Mardi Gras Casino and Resort, West Virginia’s only resort with New Orleans flair. The casino features 30 table games including Roulette, Craps and Big 6 and has up to 1,000 slots for everyone to try. For live music and entertainment, Louie’s is your place. At Louie’s, Motown, oldies, Jazz, Country, Comedy and more are always being performed. After a night of fun, get a good night’s sleep at the resort, which features 150 beautiful rooms and relaxing accommodations.
Being a part of the Mountain Stage audience is a must-do experience. For more than 30 years, Mountain Stage has been the home of live music on public radio. Each week, Mountain Stage’s two hour episodes can be heard on more than 240 stations across America. At Mountain Stage, genres range from folk to synth pop and everything in between.
Discover Unique Sights in Weston
An hour and 30 minutes north on US Route 119, travelers will come to the city of Weston, a historic city with unique locations and experiences. In Weston, visit Appalachian Glass, a company that produces high quality mouth-blown, hand-crafted glass. They also offer daily glass blowing demonstrations that allow you to watch beautifully unique glass be made right before your eyes.
Although known for its paranormal activity, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is nationally recognized as a historic landmark and holds fascinating stories of civil war raids, a gold robbery and more. Located in Weston, visitors can experience a history and heritage tour or a ghost tour while at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
After your spooky or historical tour, just 25 miles away visit the West Virginia Wildlife Center in French Creek. The West Virginia Wildlife Center is a modern zoological facility that displays native and introduced state wildlife. Here, visitors can see cougars, bobcats, golden eagles, otters, elk and more in their spacious enclosures that allow the animals to interact with their environment and display natural behavior patterns.
Experience incredible scenic beauty in Mountaineer Country
No trip to West Virginia is complete without a visit to Coopers Rock State Forest, one of the Mountain State’s most iconic spots. At Coopers Rock State Forest, incredible fishing, hiking, biking and camping opportunities are available but visitors love to explore the forests many overlooks of the Canyon Section of the Cheat River that offer breathtaking views and the perfect backdrop to any photo.
Try new adventures in Laurel Highlands
experiencing the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail. The Great Allegheny Passage is 150-miles of beautiful trail that leads your over valleys, around mountains and alongside mighty rivers. The passage is the perfect way to explore Pennsylvania.
Visit Fallingwater in Mill Run for a peaceful yet special experience. Fallingwater was designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Today, a variety of tours are available for visitors to learn about the iconic Fallingwater.
Pennsylvania is home to several historic locations like West Overton Village as well as Historic Hanna’s Town. At West Overton Village, visitors can step into the Distillery Museum, built in 1859, where Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was once produced. Or visit Historic Hanna’s Town, a partially reconstructed late 18th century village, which was the site of the first seat of government for Westmoreland County.
One-of-a-kind fairs & festivals await in Indiana County
Located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains and just one hour east of Pittsburgh, Indiana County is home to historical sites, picturesque views and much more. In Indiana County, visitors can experience the county’s extensive Rails to Trails system, visit the Jimmy Stewart Museum and enjoy a variety of yearly fairs and festivals including the Hoodleburg Festival, Pick-A-Dilly Herb Faire and the Historic Saltsburg Canal Days.