Traveling along I-79? Here are your must-stop spots
If your road trip is taking you through Almost Heaven, you can’t miss these stops along Interstate 79. I-79 runs from Erie, Pennsylvania, to Charleston, West Virginia, with lots of great stops along the way. Traveling from North to South, here are some must-see stops:
Home of West Virginia University, Morgantown has all the local eateries, art and entertainment you could ask for. For a quick stop, visit Black Bear Burritos to fuel up on creative burritos. Grab a local beer at Morgantown Brewing Company. And if you have a little more time to to venture further off the highway, consider stopping at Coopers Rock State Forest for a beautiful view or take in a West Virginia Black Bears baseball game.
Stretch your legs in Weston at a number of local attractions, like Appalachian Glass where you can watch craftsmen create handmade glass. Or maybe take a quick tour of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which operated as a mental health facility for 130 years and now offers historic and paranormal tours. For a more leisurely stop, visit Lambert’s Vintage Winery and enjoy a glass of local wine on the beautiful property or swing by Stonewall Resort State Park for a lakeside retreat.
Located in the center of the state, Sutton is just a few minutes off I-79 and offers fun activities, great dining and historic attractions. Stop by Sutton Lake to enjoy the natural beauty of the area and rent out a boat or jet ski. For some quirky charm, visit nearby Flatwoods to hear about the legendary Flatwoods Monster and scope out the Flatwoods Monster chairs inspired by the sightings in the 1950s.
West Virginia’s capital city sits at the southern point of I-79 and confluence of the Kanawha and Elk rivers. Peruse Capitol Street to satisfy your cravings: pizza at Pies & Pints, ice cream at Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream and a local craft beer at Bad Shepherd Beer Company. Afterward, shop the locally owned stores like Taylor Books. Make your way to the West Side to shop at Kin Ship Goods and Basecamp Printing Co. Pick up some local produce and handmade crafts at Capitol Market. If the kids are feeling restless, a stop at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences is sure to please. And, if you’re willing to venture a bit further off of I-79, a stop at J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is a can’t-miss.
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This post was last updated on January 19, 2021