The Tyler County Speedway, a high-banked ¼ mile, is located at the Tyler County Fairgrounds on State Route 18, 5 miles past Middlebourne, WV. Home of the Jackpot 100 and the 'Let It Ride 55' on Memorial Day Weekend. Hosting the premier touring series' / Fastrak, Renegades of Dirt, World of Outlaws, NDRL Kings of Dirt, Elite 8 Late Model Tour, and more.
Located in the north-central region of the state, Grafton originated as a key piece to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It is most known for being the birthplace of Mother’s Day, but also notorious for sightings of the Grafton Monster – a strange creature that was spotted by many locals in the 1960s.
Situated at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio rivers, Point Pleasant has long been an important transportation hub, dating back to colonial times. Many know of Point Pleasant as the home of the Mothman – an eerie mythical legend. Point Pleasant is also home to great festivals, museums, restaurants and much more. A visit to Point Pleasant is always a great idea.
Flatwoods is a town located in the heart of West Virginia. Its most widely known for the mysterious sightings in 1952 of what locals refer to as the “Flatwoods Monster.” Speculation has continued over the past 60+ years, but the sightings are still unable to be explained.
The New River Gorge Bridge is steel arch bridge 3,030 feet long over the New River Gorge near Fayetteville in the Appalachian Mountains. The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world and is currently the third highest in the United States. Nearby Fayetteville is an outdoor lover’s haven. This charming town is only minutes from the New River, a premier destination for whitewater rafters and fishermen, while its surrounding mountains are a favorite retreat for hikers, mountain bikers and rock climbers. Spend the day exploring the great outdoors and then venture into town for a relaxing evening of shopping and dining.
Also known as Hillbilly Hotdogs, it is a restaurant located on the banks of the Ohio River known for its novelty and extravagance. They serve “gourmet hot dogs, burgers, salads and more with quirky, down-home charm.” One of the most unique dining experiences in the Mountain State.
Helvetia is a small community in Randolph County that was settled by Swiss immigrants in 1869. The town is known for its Swiss heritage and traditions, and is home to various festivals every year. Much of Helvetia has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.
Located in the heart of West Virginia, the city of Summersville is surrounded by beautiful waters with outdoor adventure at every corner. Nicknamed the 'Little Bahamas of the East' Summersville Lake has more than 28,000 acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline, which makes it West Virginia’s largest lake.
Summersville Lake is one of the most popular destinations in West Virginia for boaters, swimmers and waterskiers— but what’s below the lake’s smooth surface is a different experience altogether. SCUBA divers know it as 'The Little Bahamas of the East' for being the clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi River.
The State Capitol features a 293-foot dome, which is five feet higher than the dome of the U.S. Capitol. It is gilded in 23 1/2 karat gold leaf applied to the copper and lead roof in tiny 3/8 inch squares. Created by Cass Gilbert, who also constructed the world's first skyscraper, the Capitol is created from classical-styled buff Indiana limestone.
Camden Park is West Virginia's premier amusement park, with dozens of rides, games and fair foods. The park, which was founded in 1903 as a picnic area, is now over 100 years old and a community fixture. Whether you want the thrill of the Big Dipper or prefer the carousel, there's something here for all ages.
Explore the charming town of Lewisburg, which is full of fun opportunities like shopping, dining, theatre and history. Historic downtown Lewisburg is one of West Virginia’s most walkable cities with dozens of boutique shops, antique stores and art galleries lining its picturesque main street. One visit to this charming town is never enough.
Located in Pocahontas County, Huntersville was named because it was a meeting point for many hunters and trappers to trade with each other. It is located near many creeks and streams, as well as several mountain ranges, making it a gamesman’s paradise. The Monongahela National Forest borders much of the town.
Home of the state of the art Green Bank Telescope, the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world. It is in the United States National Radio Quiet Zone where radio transmissions are limited to avoid emissions that could affect the telescopes radio frequencies.
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum served as a sanctuary for the mentally ill in the mid-1800s. The history of the building holds fascinating stories of Civil War raids, a gold robbery, the "curative" effects of architecture, and the efforts of determined individuals to help better the lives of the mentally ill. The asylum offers historic tours, paranormal tours, overnight ghost hunts and more.
Berkeley Springs is a historic spa and art-filled town just over an hour away from the Washington/Baltimore metro area. As America's first spa, it boasts warm mineral springs, world class dining, blocks of distinctive shops, full-service spas and more than 100 lodging choices. Golf, hiking, biking and swimming share the schedule with yearround festivals, live music and theater.
Harpers Ferry is a town located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. It is home to the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and is commonly known for John Brown’s raid of 1859 – a crucial event that helped spark the Civil War.
Mount Storm is a town located in Grant County where you can also find Mount Storm Lake. Mount Storm Lake is 1200 acres and is used for fishing, jet skiing, scuba diving and wind surfing. When the Mount Storm Power Station is using the reservoir for cooling, it keeps Mount Storm Lake at a warmer temperature that makes it perfect for swimming, boating and water activities even in chilly temperatures.
Deriving from the Dahles, an 18th-century German homesteading family as well as a term for an open mountain top meadow, Dolly Sods is a wilderness area in West Virginia. It is a rocky plateau that reaches elevations of more than 4,700 feet, and it features roughly 47 miles of hiking trails.
The centerpiece of the Ceredo-Kenova AutumnFest is the famous Pumpkin House, which has become one of the favorite tourist attractions of West Virginia. In 1978, the Pumpkin House began with only 5 pumpkins carved for a Halloween display. Since then, the number of hand-carved pumpkins has grown to 3,000.
The Monongah mining disaster, which occurred on December 6, 1907 has been described as “the worst mining disaster in American history”. Located in the town of Monongah a memorial dedicated to the miners as well as a bell can be found in the town square, which was given by the Italian region of Molise as many of the miners had emigrated from Italy.
The West Virginia State Penitentiary is a prison that was in use from 1876 to 1995 in Moundsville. It is currently a major tourism attraction in Moundsville, but at one time, it was one of the most notorious prisons in the country. Today, it is believed to be one of the most haunted locations in America and draws tourists from around the country.
The town of Monongah is located in Marion County and just minutes away from the city of Fairmont, which is full of delicious restaurants, scenic beauty, outdoor adventure and more. Stop by Muriales Italian Kitchen for delicious traditional Italian food or explore beautiful Valley Falls State Park and its picturesque falls.
At the heart of Mountaineer Country lies Morgantown, where you can spend a Saturday afternoon watching Mountaineer football at Milan Puskar Stadium. If you love the outdoors, unplug at Coopers Rock and take in the breathtaking views of the Cheat River Gorge. The greater Morgantown area is home to eclectic cafes, unique festivals and craft breweries.
The Palace of Gold located in New Vrindaban was built in 1973 and has been called “America’s Taj Mahal”. Guided tours of the palace are available where you have the opportunity to explore the palace’s incredible beauty. From incredible architecture, original artworks to antiques this tour will truly amaze you.
Prickett's Fort State Park is a 188-acre state park near the confluence of Prickett's Creek and the Monongahela River. The park features a reconstructed fort and commemorates life on the frontier during the late 18th century. The original fort was constructed in 1774 to provide early settlers protection from Native American attacks.
Rich with history, Clarksburg was formed in 1785 and has historically been driven by manufacturing - like glass factories. It is the home of the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, which celebrates food, entertainment, cultural events and more. Many of the bakeries in this town produce the unofficial state food: the pepperoni roll.
Spruce Knob is the highest point in the Mountain State at 4,863 feet. Spruce Knob not only provides gorgeous views but miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking and incredible stargazing. Visit the Spruce Knob Mountain Center where they offer unique yurts for lodging accommodations as well as camping opportunities.
Watoga is a year-round destination. Spring through winter, visitors love Watoga, West Virginia's largest state park. With 10,000 acres of land, Watoga offers many recreational opportunities including hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping and geocaching. Hiking, views, and a history museum are calling cards for this destination.
Descend 120 feet below the Earth’s surface into a vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites at Lost World Caverns, which was discovered in 1942. Take a tour and explore the cave, which remains a constant 42 degrees and is home to many incredible formations. Around every corner of the cave you will find something magnificent and intriguing.
The Greenbrier is one of the most iconic and recognizable locations in West Virginia. It is situated on 11,000 acres of land, features 710 guest rooms, 20 restaurants, sports and activities, and a wide variety of retail shops. It is home to the Greenbrier Classic – a stop on the PGA Tour. The Greenbrier is also home to a Congressional emergency bunker that was top secret from the 1950s to the 1990s.
The Big Bend Tunnel is the famed location where, according to legend, folk hero John Henry defeated the steam drill. It is located 10 miles east of Hinton on the historic main line of the Chesapeak & Ohio Railway. It is the longest tunnel on the C&O at 6,450 feet long and runs Big Bend Mountain.
This unique rock formation in Pocahontas County is a favorite for motorcyclists. The arch of the Tuscarora sandstone is exposed along the gorge of Knapp's Creek. Small towns with history, heritage and artisan crafts are nearby.
The Sugar Grove Station was once a naval base facility and is located in the beautiful Allegheny Mountains of the state. It’s also located in one of the country’s Radio Quiet Zones, which ban radio transmissions that could interfere with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. While here visit the Green Bank Observatory where you can tour the observatory and experience interesting hands-on exhibitions.
Seneca Rocks, located in Monongahela National Forest, is one of the best-known landmarks in West Virginia and have long been noted as a scenic attraction and are popular with rock climbers. The rocks are a magnificent formation rising nearly 900 feet above the North Fork River.
Cranberry Glades consists of 4 bogs whose plant and animal life is similar to that found in the bogs of the north. The animals and plants spread southward with the changing climate that allowed glaciers to move across the northern part of our continent. The Cranberry Glades are now the southern-most point in North America where some of these life forms are found.
The Battle of Blair Mountain took place in August 1921 when armed coal mines from the Kanawha Valley and the southern counties of Boone, Fayette, Mingo, McDowell and Logan gathered at Marmet in Kanawha County. The miners proposed to march to rescue union miners who had been jailed or mistreated in Logan and Mingo counties in attempts to unionize the mines. Their efforts brought on the most spectacular confrontation in West Virginia’s labor history, the event in the era known as the Mine Wars.
Welch is located at the forks of Tug River and Elkhorn Creek in the center of McDowell County, West Virginia, with a population of 2,406 people. Along these waterways lies the richest low volatile seams of coal in the world. While you're in Welch, stop by Sterling Drive-In and enjoy classic drive-in favorites, inside or out. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee.
Take a trip through what once was an operating coal mine. Let Veteran Miners guide you through the past and into the future of mining in West Virginia. Guests ride through the mine in a ‘man car’ that holds 35 people. Tours last 35 minutes. Wear a jacket – mine temperature is 58 degrees year round. In addition to the Coal Mine Tour, enjoy the Coal Camp, which includes a restored coal camp house, miner’s shanty, church, school and more.
Centrally located a few minutes off I-79, Sutton offers a quick and convenient getaway for a romantic weekend or family adventure. In the 1800s, the settlement that would later come to be known as Sutton became a transportation hub due to its proximity to the Elk River and to the West Virginia and Pittsburgh Railroad and the Weston and Gauley Bridge Turnpike. Today, history meets modern convenience and nature lovers can bask in the natural beauty of the recreation sites in the area.
The World’s Largest Teapot in Chester is 14 feet high and 14 feet across. It started its life in Pennsylvania as a giant barrel advertising Hire’s Root Beer before William “Babe” Devon brought it to Chester in 1938 to display outside his pottery store. He added a spout, handle and knob to make a lid, converting it into a teapot and concession stand. Today the restored teapot is a popular roadside attraction in this town at the tip of the Northern Panhandle.
The lighthouse stands 104 feet tall with a top elevation of 2,164 feet above sea level. The half-inch thick steel tower weighs 77,000 pounds, with a base diameter of 12 feet receding to eight feet at the top. Visitors who climb the 122 steps to the gallery deck are rewarded with a magnificent 360-degree view of Summersville Lake and the Gauley Ridge National Recreation Area.