Come to the Appalachian region for historical gems, charming towns, and spooky sightings in the aptly nicknamed Mountain State. West Virginia has something for visitors of all ages – including some incredible eats. Here are some of our favorite spots in this Southern state, from scenic nature views to a stay at the extravagant Greenbrier to mouth-watering Southern-Italian cuisine.
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
Relive the times of steam engine locomotives in the scenic city of Cass, which is still full of charm and character.
Chartered thirty years before the United States, the country’s oldest town is filled with history and fun all throughout the year.
Palace of Gold at Vrindaban
icknamed “America’s Taj Mahal” in the beautiful foothills of Moundsville, the Palace is also named one of the 8 religious wonders to see in the U.S.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
nce home to 2,400 patients in the 1950s, this spooky building is open daily for tours and hosts both haunted and family-friendly events throughout the year.
Enjoy Sunday brunch or dinner in this historic building and garden on one of the first homesteads in Lewisburg.
Cafe Cimino Country Inn
Wine and dine at this bed and breakfast in the small town of Sutton located on the banks of the Elk River. The award-winning restaurant is known for its Southern-Italian cuisine.
This 78-mile trail has plenty to see along the way, including a ride through the state’s oldest forest, Seneca State Forest.
West Virginia State Penitentiary
Selected as a top spot to visit for an authentic American experience, this haunted penitentiary hosts cells where famous movie scenes have been filmed.
This national White Sulphur Springs landmark is nicknamed “America’s Resort” and is known to be a “celebrity playground.”
New River Gorge Bridge
America’s third highest bridge is one of the state’s most photographed places and is the perfect destination for thrill-seeking visitors.