Things to do & places to visit in West Virginia, United States

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As you would expect, The Mountain State displays rustic charm with dramatic river gorges, large limestone caverns and spectacular mountain views. West Virginia hosts outdoor enthusiasts and family vacationers looking for fresh-air activities and serene mountain atmosphere. If stimulating city holidays are your preference, Charleston combines warm hospitality with a lovely riverside location. A family-friendly destination, you’ll discover children’s theatre, river park recreation and popular Bridge Road for shopping and dining. Smaller towns blend outdoor adventure with quaint village atmospheres. Set between the New, Greenbrier and Bluestone Rivers, Hinton is an historic rail town filled with turn-of-the-century architecture and a host of water activities at its doorstep – rafting, fishing, kayaking and more. In the heart of West Virginia, Summersville is a “Mountain Water Playground.” Its lakeside location encourages outdoor recreation from swimming and boating to scuba diving and rafting. And history buffs can trace Civil War battles throughout the states historic sites and state parks. Hiking or horseback riding along trails through deep hardwood forests is another family favorite, especially when you stop for a picnic along a clear mountain stream.

West Virginia #46 destination in United States 2023. The average rating score is 4.55 based on 54.5k traveler reviews, of 1.100 attractions. Timezone: America/New_York, current date and time: Saturday, December 09, 2023, 0:31.

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  1. 5.0 Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (7.065 reviews)
    - Car Show
    Saturday: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Historic Sites
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    More European castle than American hospital, this former insane asylum offers historic and paranormal tours six days a week from April through October. Full Museum & Patient Art Gallery entry is included with your tour purchase. This Gothic National Historic Landmark holds 130 years of American history's dark side. See more..
  2. 5.0 West Virginia Penitentiary (1.256 reviews)
    - A lot of history locked up inside
    Spent 1-2 hours Historic Sites
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    Built in 1866 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers 90-minute guided tours of the facility from April 1, through November 30. Day tours, Paranormal events, October's haunted house, Elizabethtown Festival, are just a few of the events that take place at the facility on an annual basis. See more..
  3. 5.0 New River Gorge Bridge (1.113 reviews)
    - Very cool
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    Bridge is significantly more interesting than just a bridge - the size/height, span and history are all great takeaways. Incredible views from the catwalk underneath (Bridge Walk) and even better views from the gorge floor along the New River banks below the bridge. Span can accommodate the Washington Monument with two Statues of Liberty atop it and still clear the span. See more..
  4. 5.0 Gandy Dancer Theatre and Conference Center (1.053 reviews)
    - Great Family Venue
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Theaters
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    West Virginia's ONLY Branson-style dinner theatre. Featuring music from the 50's - to present day, Country, Gospel, Rock and Roll, Patriotic with family-friendly comedy. Other shows throughout the year are: Murder Mystery Dinners, Patriotic Tributes, Aloha From Elvis, Mountain Memories Christmas Show and Christmas With Elvis. See more..
  5. 5.0 Adventures on the Gorge (1.002 reviews)
    - Upper New River Family Rafting
    Saturday: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM River Rafting & Tubing • Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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    We were visiting the Gorge with our two granddaughters, 8 and 10, and the family rafting trip was a lot of fun for all of us, especially for the children who have not been rafting before. The organizer, bus driver, the rafting guides were all very professional and safety conscious. Even though we did not stay at the AOG compound, our rafting trip included the use of the pool and other amenities after we returned to the compound. Very nice. See more..
  6. 5.0 Pomona Salt Cave And Spa (531 reviews)
    - Relax!
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Yoga & Pilates • Spas
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    Nestled on the side of a mountain in White Sulphur Springs, Pomona Salt Cave & Spa is an earth-friendly, man-made salt cave and full-service spa. See more..
  7. 5.0 New & Gauley River Adventures (511 reviews)
    - Outstanding company, Outstanding guide!
    Water Sports
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    Rode New River with "New & Gauley River Adventures" on 8/16/22. Jason was our guide and he was outstanding! He did a great job showing us the ropes and allowing us to have a great time even on a poor weather (rainy) day. The lunch provided was outstanding. It was the best potato salad my wife and I ever ate. The rest of the food for having to be carried in a cooler down the river was more than satisfying. Jason did a great job making people in the group feel comfortable and in detailed explained all the safety precautions. I will definitely be using this company for our next adventure there and I will be requesting Jason. I may have not been paying attention to instructions enough but my only improvement would be better awareness for where the photographer will be stationed so I could have shifted my face towards the photographer more. See more..
  8. 5.0 West Virginia Adventures (484 reviews)
    - Exciting and safety conscious
    Saturday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM River Rafting & Tubing
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    This was our third trip with West Virginia Adventures and we will be back again! First time was July 2021, party of four (Mom and Dad in our 50's and two boys 16, 17). Our guide was awesome. He made us feel safe but didn't skimp on the fun. We returned later that same month with 6. Our kids loved it so much their friends had to come. Our most recent trip was so much fun. Our guide "Crock" was great! He was entertaining and skilled. He could hit the water just right to get us great splashes and keep us safe. This is a smaller company and their personal attention shows. Highly recommend. Regardless of age or skill level they will give you a safe, exciting, memorable and must repeat experience. If you are a single boat there is a support guide with you in another boat (kayak). Safety is foremost. See more..
  9. 5.0 Appalachian Glass (418 reviews)
    - Amazing Glass Making & Friendly Staff
    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Speciality & Gift Shops • Art Galleries
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    Glass Blowing Studio Watch Glass being made right before your eyes! Attached Gallery / Gift shop Attached Farmers Market with West Virginia Produce and Foods. See more..
  10. 5.0 West Virginia State Museum (408 reviews)
    - A detailed walk through West Virginia History
    History Museums
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    Located in the Cultural Center, this interesting museum traces the history of West Virginia through a series of exhibits containing everything from an extensive collection of antique hats donated by a local school teacher to the telescope George Washington used to survey lands within the state. See more..
  11. 5.0 Blackwater Outdoor Adventures (402 reviews)
    - Fun for all ages!
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM River Rafting & Tubing • Water Sports • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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    What a beautiful and fun experience! We swung over from the Deep Creek Lake area (fairly short and scenic drive) and all agreed we are adding it to our annual rotation. Booking was easy online, the staff friendly and happy to accommodate our large group. Totally spring for a dry bag for your phone -gotta take those gorgeous pictures - from the gift shop as it is way less expensive than a new phone. Can't wait to be back and are thinking about a white water rafting adventure later in the summer. See more..
  12. 5.0 Cantrell Ultimate Rafting - Day Tours (402 reviews)
    - White Water Rafting On The Lower New River
    River Rafting & Tubing
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    This was one of the BEST things I have ever done/experienced!!! We had the best experience from beginning to end with it being our first time white water rafting. Everyone was so, so nice and good to us. We went on a half day trip on the lower New River. Our guide (Deon), who we LOVED and would recommend to everyone, fit perfectly with our wild and crazy group of friends and made us feel safe the whole way through. P.S. Thank you for putting up with us Deon, haha. He and his trainee (Brody) showed us everything we needed to know to raft, everything along the river history wise and rapid wise, stopped to let us get out and go down the rapids not in the boat, and also jump off a 15 foot cliff into the river too! We are from PA and this was our second trip to Fayetteville. Thank you so much Cantrell’s! We had the best day and will most definitely be back to Fayetteville and Cantrell’s to raft again!!! See more..
  13. 5.0 NROCKS Outdoor Adventures (392 reviews)
    - Nice family experience
    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Adrenaline & Extreme Tours • Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks • Climbing Tours
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    Our family (us and two boys ages 10 & 7), stayed two nights in the lodge and tried the top rope climbing. It was the first time our kids had ever climbed on a rope outside and, least to say, they were terrified. Bronson was very patient and encouraging and helped get our 10 year old to “touch the chains”. The area was great and I’m sure we would have done more hiking and exploring if we had time. Nearby we recommend the Gateway restaurant. It’s the only restaurant within short driving distance, but it did not disappoint for those who enjoy country cooking and delicious pie. The room was clean and tidy. The only complaint was the drain was very slow in the shower, but not a big deal. Next time we visit we might do an adult trip to do the Via Ferrata and check out the cabins. See more..
  14. 5.0 Bridge Walk- New River Gorge Bridge (323 reviews)
    - Worth the price of admission!
    Walking Tours
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    Our guide, Doug, was fantastic. You’ll get a quick safety lesson, suited up in a harness and safety tether before shuttling over to the short trail to the entrance. Doug was great - learned everyone’s names right off the bat, held personal conversations with everyone, and was very knowledgeable! We were even able to stop and sit to watch rafters and kayakers coming down river. He took photos for us and air dropped them (or could email/text them as well) for no extra fee. This is truly a unique experience, worth the price of admission. See more..
  15. 5.0 The Greenbrier Falconry (274 reviews)
    - A great experience!
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    While everything about The Greenbrier is excellent, our favorite experience was the falconry class. My wife had some hesitancy when we signed up and said she would just watch. But Cody’s explanation of the birds and the enthusiasm of our little group of ten persuaded her to quickly follow me in holding the falcon and petting the owl. And then when we went out into the field with the hawk, the experience got even better. It was a great experience that we will do again on our next visit. See more..
  16. 5.0 Grandview State Park (243 reviews)
    - It' now a must -see part of New River Gorge National Park
    Saturday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM State Parks • Hiking Trails
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    This area is now part of the New River Gorge National Park. It has the cutest little visitor center and there are nice, real bathrooms here (translation - not port-a-potties!). The main and north overlooks are both short, accessible trails to view the gorge. Both the main and north overlooks offer very similar views of the river and gorge, but we felt the main overlook provided more view of the right side of the river curve so if you have to choose only one, do that one. Would recommend viewing at a few different times of the day if you are able. There is a nice Rim Trail you can hike, but no need to hike it if you just want views, because it passes right by all 3 views that are also accessible from parking lots. Plus, it's a one way hiking trail that ends at Turkey Spur, so round trip it's just over 3 miles. But hey, if you have the time and energy, go for it! See more..
  17. 4.5 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (2.108 reviews)
    - Fascinating History Frozen in Time
    Saturday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent More than 3 hours Historic Sites • National Parks
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    A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. Spend a day or a weekend. We have something for everyone, so come and discover Harpers Ferry! Hours: Park Open Daily from Sunrise to Sunset. Museums, Exhibits, and Visitor Center: Open 9:00am - 5:00pm Park Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. See more..
  18. 4.5 Tamarack Marketplace (1.101 reviews)
    - Will definitely return
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Spent 1-2 hours Speciality & Gift Shops
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    Tamarack Marketplace is an iconic road stop for all who travel I-77 through Beckley, West Virginia. The peaked red roof building is eye-catching to say the least, but it’s the mission, the artistry, and Appalachian pride that has made Tamarack Marketplace what it is today. The products of more than 2,800 artists and artisans from all fifty-five counties are sold at the regional showcase that make it evident there is no lack of talent in the Mountain State. However, it is more than a shopping experience and art gallery. It’s a local social hub featuring artist demonstrations, a summer concert series every weekend in the courtyard, and Appalachian cuisine at its restaurant with indoor, to-go, and al fresco dining options. Tamarack Marketplace located at Exit 45 on I-77/64. See more..
  19. 4.5 Blackwater Falls State Park (1.055 reviews)
    - Beautiful and Clean accommodations
    Saturday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours State Parks • Waterfalls
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    - Located in the Allegheny Mountains of Tucker County, Blackwater Falls State Park is named for the amber waters of Blackwater Falls, a 57-foot cascade tinted by the tannic acid of fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. The falls, along with a few of the park’s other features like Elakala Falls, Lindy Point and Pendleton Point Overlook, are some of the state’s most photographed spots. Visitors can enjoy the scenic views year-round by taking the steps to the falls or using viewing platforms. The park has 20 miles of hiking trails, the longest sledding magic carpet on the East Coast, a comfortable lodge and more. See more..
  20. 4.5 Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum (804 reviews)
    - Best Tour Ever
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Spent 2-3 hours Speciality Museums • Mines
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    As focal points of Beckley’s lovely New River Park, the Exhibition Coal Mine, the Rahall Company Store, Mine Museum and the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia draw thousands of people to the area annually. The unique underground mine, the recreated coal camp, the Youth Museum and the Mountain Homestead are surrounded by inviting lawns, colorful flowers, picnic areas, an imposing coal miner statue and a whimsical 20 ft. “Peace Totem. At the Exhibition Coal Mine, one can ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and tasks of past and present day miners. In addition to the Mine, one can tour the Mine Museum and the period coal camp situated throughout the grounds. See more..
  21. 4.5 Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (567 reviews)
    - Amazing train ride!
    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM State Parks
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    Take a trip back to an era when steam-driven locomotives were an essential part of everyday life. Trips to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park are filled with rich history, unparalleled views and the sights and sounds of an original lumbering town. The park’s 11-mile long heritage railroad and authentic company town are some of the state’s most popular tourist attractions. The Company Store, which houses a gift shop and The Last Run Restaurant and Soda Fountain, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The park also features an artisans co-op and the Cass Historical Theater and Historical Museum, one of America’s only authentic lumber railroading museums. For more information, stop by the visitors center, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winter hours at Cass run Nov. 1 to May 31. During winter hours, the Company Store is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. See more..
  22. 4.5 ACE Adventure Resort - Day Tours (558 reviews)
    - Amazing Gauley Trip!!
    River Rafting & Tubing • Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks • Water Sports • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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    My friends and I did the Fall Gauley River Rafting Marathon on Friday and it was awesome! Highly recommend doing the Gauley with ACE. Thanks to our Guide Chris Howe and the entire ACE crew, everything ran smoothly from beginning to end. You could really tell that everyone who worked there loved the sport and that made it so much more fun and enjoyable. Rafting the river gives you a true adrenaline rush and it put a smile on my face the entire day – you’ll definitely be challenged physically and mentally so I recommend the Lower Gauley for someone looking for an “easier” day. My friends and I all agreed that what really made our trip phenomenal was our Guide Chris, I can’t say enough good things about him. He was very professional, light-hearted, and his enthusiasm was contagious. With all his cues and guidance, we felt prepared and ready the entire trip – Kudos to Chris for truly making it an amazing experience!! We’ll definitely be requesting him the next time we go rafting with ACE. See more..
  23. 4.5 Berkeley Springs State Park (549 reviews)
    - Very cool!
    Spent < 1 hour State Parks
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    Located in the center of historic Berkeley Springs, Berkeley Springs State Park is home to a mineral spa that has been in use since colonial times. The park is renowned for its warm spring water, which flows at a constant temperature of 74.3 degrees. The park’s Old Roman and Main bathhouses offer a wide selection of spa services, including massages, saunas, baths and showers. See more..
  24. 4.5 State Capitol (524 reviews)
    - Beautiful Golden Dome
    Spent < 1 hour Architectural Buildings • Government Buildings
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    Designed by influential architect Cass Gilbert, this grand building, the highest state capitol dome in the United States, is open to the public for tours and features decadent interior details like marble walls a massive crystal chandelier. See more..
  25. 4.5 Greenbrier Government Relocation Facility (484 reviews)
    - Stately Hotel but tour overpriced
    Historic Sites • Military Bases & Facilities • Government Buildings
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    A Cold War Bunker that was built between 1958 and 1961 underground on the grounds of the Greenbrier; the facility is open for tours. See more..
  26. 4.5 Lost World Caverns (468 reviews)
    - Be a caveman! This place is a piece of time and history.
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM Spent 1-2 hours Caverns & Caves
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    One of the most beautiful commercial caves in the eastern U.S. Self-guided walking tours take approximately 45 minutes to an hour. All day Wild Cave Tours are available, for the more adventurous, by reservation only. Largest Rock, Fossil, & Gift Shop in the area. Natural History Museum features local ice age mammals as well as dinosaur exhibits. Picnic Area. Free Parking. Open Daily. See more..
  27. 4.5 Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park (357 reviews)
    - Day Trip
    Historic Sites • State Parks
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    Located on a small island in the Ohio River, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park features a Palladian mansion on the island and museum of regional history located in Parkersburg. This unique state park is visited by 40,000 people each year. This historical park is accessed by a sternwheeler riverboat from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg. Once on the island, visitors may enjoy tours of the grounds and mansion and horse-drawn carriage rides. Tours are offered when the park is open, from May through the last weekend of October. Hours vary throughout the season. Call ahead to confirm details. See more..
  28. 4.5 Seneca Rocks State Park (342 reviews)
    - My pilgrimage
    State Parks • Geologic Formations
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    This park is best known for it's rocky cliffs: a great place for rock climbing. See more..
  29. 4.5 River Expeditions Whitewater Rafting (339 reviews)
    - Good choices
    Saturday: River Rafting & Tubing • Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    A group of five friends from Fort Wayne, IN recently rafted the Upper Gauley River and had a wonderful experience. Beautiful scenery, magnificent rapids, and overall a great experience. If you are considering this company I highly recommend our guide, Flynn, as she was truly exceptional. This was my fourth time hitting whitewater and unlike some guides I’ve had in the past she could read the rapids like a book. Friendly with a great balance of professionalism and humor, she was safe for the class V’s yet willing to get make things more entertaining for the safer rapids without any mishaps. If you are lodging at River Expeditions I don’t recommend the rustic cabins. I would spend a little bit more money and get something more rooms with better accommodations. All the staff we interacted with were friends and professional at all times as well. Overall great experience! See more..
  30. 4.5 Mothman Museum (308 reviews)
    - Absolutely worth visiting
    Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Speciality Museums
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    The Mothman Museum is devoted to the Mothman legend, featuring the hand written eye witness accounts from the night of November 15th 1966 and original press clippings on the Mothman sitings here in Point Pleasant and Mason County area in general. Authentic props from the Mothman Prophecies movie starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Debra Messing and Will Patton. Silver Bridge collapse Newspaper articles, documents, & other memorabilia. The Mothman and The Mothman Museum are also featured in Bethesda's online game Fallout 76. We have a gift shop with unique items covering the Mothman legend and other cryptids. OPEN DAILY (Closed Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and New Years Days) ADMISSION $4.50 Ages 11 to Adult $1.50 Ages 10 and Under See more..
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