Scenic Stops. Unique Locations. Amazing Sights & Sounds. This Road Trip Has it All.
There’s something about taking a road trip in Almost Heaven that just can’t be beat. Along the way new experiences are had, stunning scenic landscapes are passed by and incredible memories are created. If you’ve been craving a road trip, follow along I-64 for historic stops and unique locales.
Begin your I-64 road trip in the vibrant city of Huntington. Huntington is home to Marshall University, a bustling dining and nightlife scene, fun family activities and more. In Huntington, take time to explore downtown spots like beautiful Ritter Park and The Market, which has a little bit of everything, including restaurants, a coffee shop and ice cream.
While in Huntington, take time to discover the Huntington Museum of Art, a nationally accredited visual art museum, which has a permanent art collection of more than 16,000 objects, interactive educational gallery, coral reef aquarium, two miles of hiking trails and more.
Also located in Huntington is Heritage Farm Museum and Village, a 19th-century Appalachian village with a petting zoo, Artisan Center, Blacksmith Shop and award-winning museums. Children and adults alike will enjoy stepping into the past and learning something new at Heritage Farm Museum and Village.
After exploring and strolling through Huntington, hit the road and drive 22 miles on I-64 to the Blenko Glass Company in Milton. The Blenko Glass Company offers Glass Factory Tours, where you can watch their artisans create handcrafted masterpieces. Or visit Blenko’s Glass Museum and learn about the history of glass and view their beautiful displays of Blenko’s past pieces.
After visiting the Blenko Glass Company, hop back in the car and head on I-64 to West Virginia’s capital city, Charleston, a hip and historic city. No road trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to the State Capitol and viewing its 293-foot gold dome gilded in 23 ½ karat gold leaf. Guided tours are also available if you want to learn more about West Virginia’s beautiful State Capitol.
Nearby, stop at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, a museum that houses the sciences, visual arts and performing arts all under one roof. At the Clay Center, the Avampato Discovery Museum is always a favorite with tow floors of hands-on discovery or catch a 3D theater show at the Caperton Planetarium.
To discover more of Charleston, head to Capitol Street, a charming place to walk around, dine and shop around. Charleston is a very walkable city, which makes it perfect to explore.
Get ready for some more exploration, because your road trip isn’t over yet. Drive along I-64 from Charleston and head to the city of Beckley. Located just off I-64 in Beckley, you’ll find Tamarack, a unique cultural center with retail artisan products and delicious cuisine. Tamarack is a great place to get a taste of Appalachian sights and sounds. Tamarack also includes the David L. Dickirson Fine Arts Gallery, which allows West Virginia artists the opportunity to showcase their talents.
Learn more about the history of West Virginia at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Here visitors can experience a true representation of early 20th century coal camp life. Visitors can ride the dark passages of a vintage coal mine with veteran miners as their guides. Or tour the coal camp, which includes the restored Coal Company House, Superintendents Home, Helen Coal Camp School and more.
Continue on I-64 for 50 more miles and stop a the charming and trendy city of Lewisburg. Lewisburg is a lovely, walkable city lined with boutique shops, antique stores, art galleries and restaurants. Lewisburg is home to Carnegie Hall, which is one of only eight Carnegie Halls still in continuous use in the world. It’s the perfect place to watch a live performance, take a class or view the art exhibits.
No road trip is complete without some incredible exploration and that’s exactly what you’ll experience at Lost World Caverns. Lost World Caverns was discovered in 1942 and features incredible rock formations. Visitors can take the Cave Tour, which includes a walk on the half-mile trail through the cavern. Or for a more adventurous experience, take the Wild Cave Tour, which is a four-hour guided tour that takes you to the deepest parts of the cave. Lost World Caverns is a one-of-a-kind experience you’ll never forget.
End your road trip on a delicious note at one of the city’s incredible restaurants. Indulge in wood-fired pizzas at Hill & Holler, try classic French dishes with a twist at The French Goat or enjoy casual fare at The Asylum.Find More Road Trips
This post was last updated on August 4, 2020