You don't have to be a backpack-slinging coed to love these collegiate classics.
Photo: Mary Margaret Chambliss
Beyond West Virginia University's campus along the Monogahela River, the focus in this town is the great outdoors. Those interested in adventure-lite activities can stroll along the Rail Trails or hike and bike on nearly 50 miles of trails in the Coopers Rock State Forest, just 15 minutes away. White-water rafting on the Cheat River is only 45 minutes away for visitors seeking a wetter thrill.