West Virginia is constantly being joked about but when it comes down to it, West Virginia is pretty freakin' cool. West Virginia is full of wonderful tourist attractions.
1. Green Bank
In this tiny town in Pocahontas County—population 143, as of the last census, is the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope. It is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. The Green Bank telescope has discovered numerous molecular clouds, pulsars, and neutron stars.
To be noted: All cellular devices are banned here-- you'll have to take photos the old fashioned way!
2. Sunset-Ellis Drive In Theater
Located in Shinnston, West Virginia, is one of the only drive-ins left in the state and country. Everyone should experience a drive-in at least once in their lifetime and the Sunset Ellis Drive-In Theater is the perfect choice. I can say, from personal experience, that the Sunset Ellis Drive In has some of the best concessions around. The Drive in opens every weekend starting in April and closing Labor Day weekend. They show two movies for the price of one! To find out the movies playing, you can check their website: http://www.sunsetdriveinmovies.com/index.html
3. Dolly Sods, Monongahela National Forest
Dolly Sods is located in the Alleghany Mountains and is a part of Monongahela National Forest. Dolly Sods have some of West Virginia's most breathtaking views, especially during sunset and sunrise! If you want to experience nature in true West Virginian spirit, this is your go-to!
4. Pricketts Fort
Pricketts Fort is West Virginia's most unique living museums. Located just North of Fairmont, WV, Prickett's Fort State Park's living style of interpretation is to preserve and document the past. It features 18th century recreation of the original Pricketts Fort, which, at the time, was a place of refuge from Indian attack. Guests can also enjoy visiting the 19th Century Prickett house, Prickett cemetery, and Museum gift shop.
To find out additional information: prickettsfort.org
5. The Greenbrier Resort
The Greenbrier Resort is a world-class resort. With a guest list that includes 26 of our country’s 44 Presidents, the Greenbrier Resort has long been a favorite destination of royalty, celebrities and business leaders. During the 1950s, the U.S. government approached The Greenbrier to construct a secret Emergency Relocation Center. A bunker/bomb shelter was created for congress in case of war. Tours of the bunker are available. To find out more about the Greenbrier, you can visit their website: http://www.greenbrier.com
6. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
The Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum, located in Weston, WV, was a hospital for the mentally ill between 1864 and 1994. The hospital suffered from overcrowding and poor sanitation. Often patients couldn't be controlled and were locked in cages. Due to the suffering experienced by people who lived and were treated at the facility -- and due to reports of strange sights, voices, and events-- many believe the building to be haunted. The Trans-Alleghany Lunatic Asylum now hosts ghost tours, which run for $100.
7. Moundsville & The West Virginia State Penitentiary
Moundsville is a town in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. Deriving its name from the many Adena Indian burial mounds constructed more than 2000 years ago. Moundsville is home to the largest conical burial mound in North America. Also located in Moundsville is West Virginia's State Penitentiary. If you’re brave enough, the West Virginia State Penitentiary would be an awesome place to explore. The old prison in Moundsville operated from 1876 until 1995 and is currently a tourist attraction and training facility. It was the site of numerous executions during its day and is rumored to be haunted, so explore at your own risk.
8. Point Pleasant's Mothman
Point Pleasant, West Virginia has a local mascot that somewhat terrorized the town. Point Pleasant is a city in Mason County. The Mothman is a legendary creature reportedly seen in the area from November 15, 1966 to December 15, 1967. The mothman was introduced to a wider audience by Gray Barker in 1970 and later popularized by John Keel in his 1975 book, "The Mothman Prophecies" claiming that there were unfortunate events related to the sightings, and a connection to the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The 2002 film, "The Mothman Prophecies", starring Richard Gere, was based on Keel's book. There is even an annual festival dedicated to the creature.
9. Harper's Ferry
Harper's Ferry, West Virginia is at the intersection of the Shenandoah and Potamac Rivers. Although it may seem like a small, quaint town, Harper's Ferry is surprisingly busy. Especially, during the summer months. Harper's Ferry has everything you can think of: outdoor attractions, restaurants, hotels, etc. I dedicated an entire blog post to this fun town: http://www.foreverferguson.com/katelyns-blog/harpers-ferry-west-virginia
10. Seneca Rocks
Seneca Rocks is a must see for anyone visiting West Virginia. Seneca Rocks is located in Pendleton County, West Virginia. All visitors are suggested to hike it at least once! Seneca Rocks has the only true peak on the east coast.
11. Black Water Falls State Park
Black Water Falls State Park is located in Tucker Couty, West Virginia. Black Water Falls is one of the most photographed falls in West Virginia. The waterfalls here are the highest above-ground falls in West Virginia.
12. Palace of Gold
The Palace of Gold is a New Vrindaban temple which was rated as one of eight religious wonders to see in the US by CNN. Visitors can tour the building decorated with marble, semi-precious stones, carved teakwood, stained glass, cut crystal, and gold leaf. The temple is located in Moundsville, West Virginia.
13. New River Gorge Bridge
New River Gorge is one of West Virginia's most visited tourist destinations. The New River Gorge is located between Fayetteville and Beckley. Visit in October for the famous Bridge Day where BASE jumpers leap 800 or more feet into the New River Gorge! If you aren't visiting in October, you can stop for a photo op or now you can even walk the bridge on a catwalk! To walk to the bridge, it costs about $75 per person! Reservations are required, to book online: http://www.bridgewalk.com
13. Blennerhasset Island State Park
Blennerhasset Island Historical State Park is open May 3 through last Saturday in October of each year. While visiting the park you should allow at least three hours for a complete tour. This includes the boat trip to and from the island. While on the island, visitors can enjoy picnicking, horse-drawn wagon rides, shopping at the Blennerhassett Gift Shop, the refreshment stand, bike rentals, nature walks, and, of course, touring the beautiful Blennerhassett Mansion. The island ticket booth sells tickets for the mansion and wagon ride tours. For more information: http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com
14. Cass Scenic Railroad
Nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park offers excursions that transport you back in time. Once you board the train, the real excitement begins! As the train rounds the curve up Leatherbark Creek, you'll pass the Cass Shop, where the locomotives are serviced and repaired, and a graveyard of antiquated but fascinating equipment on sidetracks. If you take the full 4 ½ hour trip to Bald Knob, you will leave Whittaker Station and go Oats Run for the engines to take on additional water at a spring. The train then climbs up the mountain, finally reaching Bald Knob, the third highest point in West Virginia. The overlook at Bald Knob provides a spectacular view at an altitude of 4,700 feet. The Bald Knob area has a climate similar to Canada and is abundant in plants typical to the Canadian wilderness!
15. White Water Rafting
The New River Gorge also offers White Water Rafting in two different rivers. The rafting levels range from easy to extreme! White Water Rafting ranges from $59 to $150 per person! If you want to find more about each river and each rafting experience: https://www.adventuresonthegorge.com/adventures/whitewater-rafting
16. The Poky Dot
If you have a sweet tooth or want to try the most lavish desserts in North-Central, West Virginia then The Poky Dot is for you. The Poky Dot is the only restaurant that I'm including on this list because it is simply worth it, folks. The Poky Dot offers other food than just dessert but you HAVE TO at least try something while you are there! It is located in Fairmont, WV to see full menus: http://www.thepokydot.com/menu.php
17. Mystery Hole
Located in Ansted, West Virginia is "Mystery Hole". This was unclosed for public view around 1973. It is probably the best kept secret in West Virginia. Or maybe the entire country.. no one really knows for sure. Many people have passed by this astounding spot without realizing just how near they were to a whole "HOLE" full of interesting, intriguing and incredible experiences. People with heart ailment or vertigo - DO NOT ENTER! This MYSTERY HOLE thing seems to affect different people in different ways depending on whether they cling to the new style education or stray to the plain old C.H.S. (common horse sense) method. It is open from May to October.
18. Hatfield's Gravesite
Located 15 miles south of Logan is Hatfields, of the Hatfields and McCoys feud fame, that is. Visit the family cemetery and site of “Devil Anse” remains. This feud is a local and folklore favorite and Kevin Costner made the historical drama into a TV event that drew millions of viewers.
19. Mardi Gras Casino
Located in Charleston is West Virginia’s premier gambling facility that houses both greyhound dog racing, slots, and table games, as well as a couple of restaurants and a 150 room attached hotel. The casino is 60,000 square feet and has over 1,000 slot machines that use the TITO (ticket in, ticket out) method. In case you had not guessed, the theme is Mardi Gras.
20. Farnham Fantasy/Giant Statue Farm
This privately owned farm of giants is indeed available to the public. The Farnham's gladly welcome anyone and everyone to view their collection of statues! This "farm" is located in Unger, West Virginia.
21. Exhibition Coal Mine
West Virginia made its living through coal for many years and at this attraction, guests ride through the vintage mine in an actual coal car. Operation here ceased in 1953 and in 1962, tours began. Everyone my age has been on at least one school field trip there. This is located in Beckley, West Virginia.
22. Seneca Caverns
My favorite caves in West Virginia also offer gemstone mining and unique souvenirs. Take the 165 feet deep path into the 4.5 million year old cave to see the unique geological formations, including stalagmites (rises from the ground up), stalactites (hangs from the ceiling), and flowstone. Seneca Caverns is located in Riverton, West Virginia.
23. Camden Park
Located in Huntington, West Virginia is Camden Park, sign of the happy clown, is a cheesy, but still enjoyable small amusement park established in 1902. Crowd favorite rides include the Big Dipper, Paratrooper, and Rattler. Long time visitors will remember pronto pups (which you can still buy today) and the roller rink.
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