West Virginia December 11, 2016
12 Unforgettable Tours Everyone In West Virginia Should Take At Least Once
West Virginia has a rich history with many natural and man-made wonders. Take a look at some of the best tours that our great state has to offer.
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. West Virginia State Penitentiary
This historic prison is rumored to be haunted. You can take historical tours or
, or even spend the night ghost hunting.
2. Seneca Caverns
This vast cave system started forming 460 million years ago.
will resume April 1st.
3. 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. Find out more about tours by calling (304) 843-1812.
4. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
This former mental hospital is said to be one of the most haunted places in the country.
are available for either haunted or historical tours.
5. Whipple Company Store
This architectural wonder has a dark history. Visit to learn more about life in a coal town, and the ghosts that may still visit the store. Find out more about the tours
6. Beckley Exhibition Mine
Take a trip underground into an old coal mine, and learn about life in an old coal town from former miners. Find out more about the tour
7. Greenbrier Bunker
This underground bunker in the Greenbrier Resort was built to house Congress in an emergency situation, and was kept secret for decades. Now you can
take a tour
and find out all about the hidden history.
8. Harpers Ferry Ghost Tours
Oh Be Joyfull will take you for a tour around
and tell you the area's ghost stories. They also offer historical tours during the daytime. Call 304-725-8019 for more information.
9. Smoke Hole Caverns
Guided tours take place 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
every day of the year except Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. Find out more about the tour
10. Green Bank Telescope
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope is the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. The Green Bank telescope has discovered numerous molecular clouds, pulsars, and neutron stars. Call 304-456-2150 for information about tours.
11. Lost World Caverns
You can choose either a tour of the developed cave, or an adventurous wild cave tour, or both! More information about the cave
12. The Capitol Building
West Virginia's Capitol was designed by Cass Gilbert, an important architect in the early 20th century. He liked the design so much that he reused parts of it for the US Supreme Court building. Call (304) 558-4839 for tour information. You can also find out about touring the nearby Culture Center and West Virginia State Museum by calling (304) 558-0220.
For more history in West Virginia, take a look at this
hidden tunnel that few people people know exists.