West Virginia November 08, 2015
The Ultimate And Definitive Bucket List For Everyone In West Virginia
There are some amazing places and things to do in West Virginia. While you may not be able to get to all those amazing things in one lifetime, there are things you don’t want to miss out on.
Here are 21 things to add to your West Virginia bucket list.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Hike the Endless Wall Trail in Fayetteville.
The trail, which offers great views like the one pictured, was earlier this year recognized as the best national park hike in the United States by the readers of USA Today.
2. Take in a live Mountain Stage recording.
Recorded most Sundays at the Culture Center theater in Charleston, Mountain Stage brings in some great artists from all over the country and the world. Pictured here is Kentucky's own Tyler Childers.
3. Raft or kayak the Gauley River.
Enjoy the Beast of the East, which each fall has some of the best whitewater in the country.
4. Spend a night at the Greenbrier resort.
Enjoy a little luxury at The Greenbrier, affectionately known as "America's Resort."
5. Stay at the Blennerhassett Hotel.
Check out this beautiful historic hotel in Parkersburg.
6. Visit the Coal House in Mingo County.
It’s a house that coal built — literally. The structure beside the Mingo County Courthouse in Williamson is built entirely of coal .
7. Have tea in Chester, home of the world's largest tea pot.
I don't really know if Chester is known for having great places to have tea, but the town is missing an opportunity if not. If you can't get tea, at least take a look at the teapot.
8. Take a ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad.
Travel back into time on this train in Pocahontas County.
9. Ghost hunt at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum or the West Virginia Penitentiary.
The State Penitentiary and the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum are the creepiest places in the state and are perfect for ghost hunting.
10. Take a dip in George Washington's bathtub.
Did you know he used to bathe here in Berkeley Springs?
11. Take in a WVU or Marshall game.
Bonus points if you burn a couch after a WVU win.
12. Climb Seneca Rocks.
Try out your rock climbing skills at the only “true peak” (inaccessible except by technical rock climbing techniques) on the East Coast. And even if you can’t rock climb, the view of the rocks from the mountain is worth the trip to Pendleton County.
13. Play, dance, or just watch at the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.
Held each May at the State Capitol in Charleston.
14. Walk through history at Harpers Ferry.
History buffs will love this historic town, most known for John Brown's raid and its role during the Civil War.
15. Enjoy the Swiss food and culture of Helvetia in Randolph County.
Visit this isolated Swiss community in Randolph County, where it seems nothing has changed since it was settled after the Civil War.
16. Look for bears at Beartown.
Or at least visit this state park near Hillsboro.
17. Eat a pepperoni roll at Colasessano’s in Fairmont.
Some of the best pepperoni rolls in the state.
18. Stargaze at Spruce Knob.
Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia, offers some of the darkest night skies in the state and views like this of the Milky Way.
19. Eat at Panorama at the Peak.
Enjoy the views and the food at this restaurant in Berkeley Springs.
20. Walk the catwalk under the New River Gorge bridge.
This is without a doubt the best view you can get of the New River Gorge. The Bridge Walk is open daily. More information is available at
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21. Get your picture taken with Mothman.
Or at least come to Point Pleasant to hear about the legendary West Virginia monster.
How many of these have you crossed off your bucket list? What would you add to this list?