You’re flying into West Virginia—now where to go?

The Mountain State is served by several primary airports offering commercial services. Is this your first time flying into West Virginia? From your base camp in Almost Heaven you can explore all kinds of unique and entertaining places—all within a short drive of the airport hub. If you’re anxious to leave your hotel room and explore the city and region, try these places on for size.

West Virginia International Yeager Airport (CRW)

Charleston

With I-64, I-77 and I-79 all running through Charleston, it’s easy to get to many places quickly from West Virginia International Yeager Airport. (Plus, Spirit Airlines offers seasonal flights at Yeager Airport for under $50!)

Get your fill of history and culture with a visit to the West Virginia State Museum and the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences. Musical offerings abound in town, ranging from the free Live on the Levee shows during the summer, to West Virginia Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” live broadcast from the Capitol Complex. Learn about the Kanawha Valley’s rich history of salt mining at J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works in nearby Malden.

Shop for West Virginia-made souvenirs and local craft beer and wine at The Capitol Market downtown. Then take a stroll down Capitol Street and pop into Taylor Books and Café to browse works by local authors and artists.

Stretch your legs from a long day of travel with a walk on the Sunrise Carriage Trail that connects downtown Charleston to the South Hills shops and restaurants. Kanawha State Forest, only 20 minutes away, has picnic shelters, playgrounds and more than 25 miles of trails for hiking and biking.

If you’re itching for a night out on the town, try your luck at the races at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes or laugh the night away at The Comedy Zone at Holiday Inn & Suites in South Charleston.

Lodging options range from budget hotels to luxury suites. For a cozy room, check out The Brass Pineapple bed and breakfast on Charleston’s East End just a block from the Capitol.

Wonderful and diverse dining options abound in Charleston and surrounding neighborhoods, from the farm-to-table selections of Bluegrass Kitchen on the East End to the fresh Asian cuisine of Su-Tei in Kanawha City. Casual dining options include tender pulled pork at Dem 2 Brothers & a Grill and gourmet burgers at Gonzoburger, both on the West Side.

In the scenic New River Gorge—only about an hour’s drive from Charleston—recreational offerings include whitewater rafting, zipline canopy rides, rock climbing and mountain biking. Tour an authentic underground mine at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and shop for West Virginia-made arts, crafts, foods and more at Tamarack at the Beckley Travel Plaza off I-64.

Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB)

Lewisburg

Landing at the Greenbrier Valley Airport will put you just minutes away from The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs. With championship golf courses, several restaurants and a full-service spa, the luxury resort offers plenty to do. But you might also want to browse the boutique shops and art galleries or take in a show at Carnegie Hall in historic Lewisburg, voted “America’s Coolest Small Town” by Budget Travel.

Recreational offerings in the area include the 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail, a popular destination for walking and bicycling, and Lost World Caverns underground cave tours.

Within an hour’s drive north you’ll find Beartown State Park and Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park. Beartown is known for its towering rock formations, while Droop Mountain, the site of an important Civil War battle, offers a scenic overlook and picnic areas. Board an antique steam engine at Cass Scenic Railroad for a relaxing and beautiful ride to the overlook at Bald Knob or tour the Green Bank Observatory to learn fascinating facts about the center’s role in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Area lodging ranges from the cozy rooms of the Historic General Lewis Inn in Lewisburg to the modern condos at Snowshoe Mountain Resort just north of the Greenbrier Valley. Area restaurants offer a diverse menu of dining options like the spicy Jamaican fare of Wah Gwaan Diner in White Sulphur Springs and the elegant French cuisine of The French Goat in Lewisburg.

Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW)

Morgantown

Landing at the airport in Morgantown takes you deep into Mountaineer Country. As home to West Virginia’s largest university, there’s no shortage of things to do in this charming city.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at West Virginia Botanic Garden, which also offers guided walks and workshops. The Mon River and Deckers Creek Rail-Trail system, a network of trails running through Morgantown and surrounding areas, is ideal for a relaxing day of strolling or bike riding. The 13-mile long Cheat Lake is a favorite spot for boating, fishing and swimming. And Coopers Rock State Forest, right outside the city, boasts nearly 50 miles of hiking and biking trails and jaw-dropping overlooks of the Cheat River Canyon.

Take a short drive south and explore the 18th-century living history demonstrations at Pricketts Fort State Park or plan a picnic lunch by the crashing waters at Valley Falls State Park.

Fulfill your gift shopping needs at Appalachian Gallery, which offers two floors of finely handcrafted works by West Virginia artists and artisans. The city is hopping at night, with live music at 123 Pleasant Street and other popular college bars.

Dining options are endless. Build your own burrito at Black Bear Burritos or tuck into a heaping plate of barbecue and ribs at Atomic Grill. Sip a cup of gourmet coffee while you enjoy art exhibits and live music at Blue Moose Café.

For your lodging needs, Alpine Lake Resort and Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa offer spacious rooms and chalet along with championship golf, while the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place puts you in the heart of downtown.

Tri-State Airport (HTS)

Huntington

The River City offers a charming mix of old and new. Start your explorations with a visit to Old Central City, dubbed the antiques capital of the Tri-State, and a tour of Heritage Farm Museum & Village, with attractions like a one-room schoolhouse and a petting zoo. The kids will be thrilled by the rides at Camden Park, a 26-acre amusement park open since 1902.

Take in a show at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, housed in a historic, vaudeville era-theater. Browse the latest exhibit at the Huntington Museum of Art. Or take a short drive to the neighboring town of Milton, where you can watch glass-blowing demonstrations at Blenko Glass Company, a family-run operation since 1893.

Shop and dine at Pullman Square, where you’ll find local favorites like Empire Books & News and Black Sheep Burritos and Brews. Just a few blocks away, a restored B&O Railway Station houses The Shops at Heritage Station, with scrumptious offerings like River & Rail Bakery and the elegant Sip Wine and Whiskey Bar.

Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the rose garden at Ritter Park or along the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health (PATH), a network of hiking and biking trails that runs through downtown. Along the Ohio River, Harris Riverfront Park sets the stage for summer concerts and picnics. Recreational offerings at nearby Beach Fork State Park include hiking trails and a 720-acre lake for boating, fishing and swimming.

The city’s new gastropub, Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Biergarten, offers hearty Bavarian food. Enjoy the catch of the day at Jewel City Seafood or take a step back in time to the days of car hops and bobby socks at Frost Top Drive-In.

Lodging includes the Pullman Plaza Hotel downtown, as well as numerous franchise hotels and motels, and the charming Trainmasters House Bed and Breakfast in Kenova.

This post was last updated on March 1, 2022