Some people travel the globe to fill their bucket lists, but here in West Virginia, we know that every thrill we could ever want is right here at home. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, athletic endeavor or extreme thrills, it can all be found right here on West Virginia’s country roads.
1. Picnic at a Covered Bridge.
The Phillippi covered bridge is West Virginia’s longest and oldest covered bridge. It is perfect for a romantic stroll followed by a picnic by the river.
2. Go whitewater rafting.
West Virginia has some of the most thrilling and technical whitewater rafting in the world. The Gauley River is rated one of the world’s top 10 rafting rivers. If your bucket list has big waves and huge drops in it then it’s time to hit the Gauley River this summer.
3. Go Underground
Get a real taste of West Virginia history by climbing into a man car and rolling down the tracks of an old underground coal mine.
4. Take a Dip in a Hot Spring.
Nothing is more rejuvenating then soaking in hot, natural mineral water. Even frequent visitor George Washington enjoyed a dip in Berkley Spring’s relaxing mineral water. You can add a little history to your bucket list by checking out Washington’s private bath.
5. Go Ghost Hunting.
The Mountain State has an incredible amount of haunted places to explore. If you are brave enough, take a tour through the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum where many say the tortured souls of the insane walk the hallways.
6. Ride in a Hot Air Balloon.
Float 2000 feet above the ground and enjoy the gorgeous aerial view of the areas beautiful countryside during the Morgantown Hot Air Balloon Festival.
7. Go Rock Climbing.
West Virginia’s Seneca Rock offers a climbing experience like no other. The climb to the top will test even the most experienced climber’s strength and endurance.
8. Learn How to Sail.
Summersville Lake's cool water and fresh country air makes it the perfect place to learn how to sail with the Sewell Mountain Sailing association.
9. Stomp Grapes Between Your Toes.
Kirkwood Winery has a harvest time tradition each year: people travel from all across the United States for the opportunity to stomp and squish grapes between their toes. After grape stomping is done, don’t forget to sample the winery's 39 offerings.
10. Talk to Aliens.
The Green Bank telescope is the world’s largest telescope. If there are other life forms out there, this is the place where contact will be made.
11. Spoil Yourself With Some Real Luxury.
Every bucket list includes something self-indulgent. West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort will spoil you like no other place in the world. Enjoy luxurious suites, gourmet food created by top class master chefs, a casino, world-class golf courses and a mineral spa! You’ll be pampered like royalty!
12. Walk Across a 900 Foot Canyon.
This bridge walk is a must-do for any summer bucket list. This adventure gives you an up-close and personal view of one of the worlds structural marvels: the New River Gorge. The magnificent bridge is a single-span steel arch wonder that includes a catwalk underneath. The catwalk is not for the weak of heart!
13. Take A Stroll Down Millionaire Row.
Bramwell is known as the Millionaires Row. At one time Bramwell was home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the United States. The once booming coal community is lined with lavish mansions that are remnants from the town’s heyday.
14. Ride the Rails.
Chugga chugga choo choo! There’s no better way to take in the beauty of West Virginia than from a train car. As you ride along you’ll see forests, wildlife, waterfalls, and some of the most beautiful landscape in the world.
15. BASE Jumping.
Looking for a real thrill? Try BASE jumping off of the New River Gorge Bridge. The drop is 896 feet and the free fall takes about three minutes.