Must See Stops in West Virginia
West Virginia is a place unlike any other. These country roads will lead you to a place you’ve been longing for your whole life. While in the Mountain State there are a few places you must see to get the true Almost Heaven experience.
Soak in the country’s first spa at Berkeley Springs. The natural spring waters have been enjoyed by folks near and far and have even had some notable guests. George Washington was known to frequent the springs for their natural healing abilities.
One of the picturesque places in the state, Blackwater Falls actually gets its amber color from pine needles! Hike around the falls and check the neighboring towns of Davis and Thomas. These quaint mountain towns offer an array of restaurants and shops.
Summersville Lake is West Virginia’s largest lake with over 60 miles of shoreline. Fondly referred to as the “Little Bahama’s of the East,” create unforgettable family memories here on the water. Try fishing or stand up paddle boarding. While you’re there, take a look at West Virginia’s only lighthouse!
West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, is the proud home of the Mountaineers. This college town boasts eclectic eateries and superb shopping plazas. Be sure to try pizza from Mountain State Brewing Company or a burrito from Black Bear Burritos.
New River/Greenbrier Valley
No trip to West Virginia is complete without stopping by the New River Gorge Bridge. This iconic location welcomes thousands of people each year for Bridge Day, where brave fanatics base jump off the bridge. Travel just an hour away to see America’s Resort. The Greenbrier has been a luxurious escape for families, friends and even presidents. Explore its’ hidden bunker and stroll along the grounds of this grand resort.
Hatfield McCoy Mountains
This is more of a must-do than a must-see! The Hatfield McCoy Trails span over 700 miles in the southern part of the state and were named for the legendary family feud that happened back in the 1800’s. Ride through the trails and enjoy the great outdoors on an ATV or UTV.
You can’t visit West Virginia and not stop at Charleston’s Capitol Building. Its glittering gold dome can be seen from miles away. This is the perfect photo-op in Almost Heaven. Just 50 miles down the road, check out the home of the Thundering Herd. Marshall University is one of two Division 1 schools in the state. Visit the beautiful Memorial Fountain, a visible reminder of the 75 lives lost in a 1970’s plane crash.
Take a step back in a time with a tour of the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. This mansion is only accessed by a sternwheeler riverboat. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the grounds.
You might know the Homer Laughlin China Company from their bright and vibrant Fiestaware products! Although started in 1871, this company has been headquartered in Newell, West Virginia since 1907. Visit the outlet factory and purchase your very own West Virginia made Fiestaware.