Experience Almost Heaven along Interstate 77
If you’re traveling through Almost Heaven along I-77, there are a number of must-see stops. From Parkersburg to Bluefield, explore restaurants, sites to see, things to do and more on this interstate.
Home to amazing state parks, historical stops and more, Parkersburg is the perfect spot to start your 1-77 road trip. Exit the interstate to experience the best of this Mid-Ohio Valley town. Start your adventure at the Parkersburg Art Center. Get in touch with your artsy side as you check out one of their 16 exhibits each year. After your art adventure, head over to Blennerhasset Island State Park to enjoy tours of the grounds and mansion, and horse-drawn carriage rides. After a long day, head to Mango Latin Bistro to relax and sink your teeth into some of the best food in Parkersburg.
Making it the next perfect stop, Charleston marks the half way point of I-77 in West Virginia. Whether you want to spend an hour or a whole day in the Capital City, opportunities for fun are endless. If traveling with kids, the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences is the perfect first stop. Let the kids burn off some energy as they take on Ashton’s Climbing Sculpture. This three-story tall climbable sculpture allows the kids to see the Clay Center in a whole new way. If you’re looking for a more historical excursion, head to the West Virginia Culture Center and State Museum located at the State Capitol Complex. This museum walks you through the fascinating history of West Virginia. Be sure to check out the gift shop afterwards to pick up an authentic Almost Heaven souvenir. End the day with delicious meal that everyone will love from Soho’s Italian Restaurant.
Once exit 45 rolls around, get ready for a stop. Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia should be your first stop once in Beckley. Experience the nation’s first showcase of handcrafts, fine art and regional cuisine during your time at Tamarack. Later, head to Crossroads Mall for a fun shopping experience. Home to over 50 stores, Crossroads mall has something for everyone. For a fun meal, head to Kimono Kin which specializes in Japanese BBQ and sushi. It is one Almost Heaven meal you’ll never forget.
Often referred to as “Natures Air-Conditioned City” due to unusually cool summer temperatures, Bluefield serves as the last Almost Heaven stop on I-77. Sports fans will especially love this roadtrip stop. Head to Bowen Field to see the Bluefield Blue Jays take on their latest opponent. If you’re looking to soak in that last bit of West Virginia beauty, head to the East River Mountain Overlook, which provides beautiful Almost Heaven views. No West Virginia road trip is complete without a quick bite from The Blue Spoon Cafe.
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This post was last updated on August 4, 2020