Virtual Road Trip: Day 1

To kick off West Virginia’s birthday week, join us in a virtual road trip to all 55 counties. Starting in the northern part of the state, this itinerary will take you to iconic locations in the state’s history and tasty eateries with a little hometown flair.

Hancock County

Homer Laughlin China Company | Newell

West Virginia is known for its colorful fiesta dinnerware, which got its start in 1871 at the Homer Laughlin China Company. Tour the facility and take a piece of your own home.

Brooke County

Dicarlo’s Original Pizza | Wellsburg

A buttery crust baked with tomato sauce, then topped with freshly grated provolone cheese. Sounds good doesn’t it? Dicarlo’s Original Pizza has been serving this traditional and unique pizza for 75 years.

Ohio County

Independence Hall | Wheeling

Since West Virginia’s birthday is this week, there’s no better pit stop than the state’s birthplace at Independence Hall. On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state in the country in its first capitol, Wheeling.

Marshall County

Grand Vue Park | Moundsville

Stretch your legs and get some fresh air at Grand Vue Park. This park overlooks the Ohio Valley and offers zipline tours and aerial challenge courses along with mountain biking and hiking trails.

Wetzel County

ThistleDew Farms | Proctor

Sample “fine gifts from the honeybee” at ThistleDew Farms. This farm has over 700 beehives and offers quality honey and beeswax.

Tyler County

Sistersville Ferry | Sistersville

The Sistersville Ferry is the oldest ferry on the Ohio River and one of only a few left in operation. It’s been continuously operating between Sistersville and Fly, Ohio since 1817.

Pleasants County

Middle Island Creek Water Trail | St. Mary’s

Paddle along a calm creek and take in the beauty of the surrounding area. The Middle Island Creek Water Trail is one of three in the county that offers a peaceful float.

Doddridge County

Center Point Covered Bridge | Center Point

West Virginia’s covered bridges are scenic reminders of yesteryear. The 42-foot-long Center Point Covered Bridge was built in 1889.

Harrison County

Watters Smith Memorial State Park | Lost Creek

Experience pioneer times at Watters Smith Memorial State Park. This 532-acre historical park features log cabins, period-accurate buildings and a museum that depicts early pioneer life. This park is perfect for an afternoon picnic.

Marion County

Country Club Bakery | Fairmont

No West Virginia road trip would be complete without the state’s favorite snack. The pepperoni roll got its start in Marion County when Italian immigrant coal miners needed a hearty snack to take with them into the mines. Country Club Bakery sells the original and best pepperoni rolls in the state and can even ship this treat to all 50 states.

Monongalia County

West Virginia University | Morgantown

School spirit courses through this riverside town. West Virginia University is a public, land-grant institution founded in 1867. One of the most iconic spots on campus is Woodburn Hall – a great photo-op!

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This post was last updated on February 28, 2022