West Virginia’s diverse landscape, including the Appalachian Mountains and forested national parks, makes these eastern US states a fantastic place to visit for those who enjoy the great outdoors. The state is also the site of many historical events, making it a fascinating place to visit for history buffs. Plus, there are multiple activities and attractions for families to enjoy. Therefore, regardless of your age or interests, you will find plenty to entertain yourself during a visit to this state. Here are the top 20 things to do in West Virginia for beginners.
20. See the attractions at Harpers Ferry
Planetware names Harpers Ferry one of the best things to do in West Virginia. Harpers Ferry is a small town in West Virginia that sits at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Shenandoah River. This city and its surroundings form the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, which is home to multiple museums and historical exhibits. It is also a fantastic place for hiking, as there are over 20 miles of trails in this park. Throughout the year, various programs are held at this location.
19. Go to the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center
West Virginia is home to many awe-inspiring scenery, and few are more beautiful than what you’ll see at the Cranberry Mountain Nature Center. There are a variety of outdoor activities to enjoy at this center, including nature trails, mountain biking, lake activities, and exploring the wildflower gardens. If you visit the center on a Sunday, you will also see the snake show.
18. Visit the Governor’s Mansion
History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Governor’s Mansion in Charleston, West Virginia. This is a Georgian Renaissance style property that was designed by local architect Walter Martens. The building was constructed in 1925 and is still the governor’s residence. Although the property is inhabited, the governor and his wife welcome visitors to their home for a tour of the historic building. Some of the rooms that visitors can see include the ballroom, library, lounge, and both the state dining room and the family dining room. Tour guides provide visitors with detailed information on the history of the property.
17. Tour the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
An unusual and morbid but quite interesting attraction to visit in West Virginia is the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. First built in the mid-19th century, this facility for people with mental illness was originally intended for 250 patients. By the 1950s, it was estimated that there were approximately 2,400 patients living in the facility. It was finally closed due to overcrowding in 1994. Visitors to the area can now take tours of this strikingly beautiful building that has a dark and tragic past.
16. Discover a mystery at the Mothman Museum
An interesting and unusual place to visit in West Virginia is the Mothman Museum, and there is no other museum like it anywhere else in the world. It is dedicated to the mystery of the Mothman, which is a creature that, according to legend, caused a disaster in West Virginia on November 15, 1966. The museum has historical evidence that purports to prove the existence of this creature, including documents, police officers reports, eyewitness accounts, newspaper clippings and photographs. It’s a great place to learn more about this legendary creature if you haven’t heard of Mothman before.
15. See the impressive glassware in the Glass Museum
Located in Wheeling, West Virginia, the Museum of Glass is an interesting attraction to visit if you are interested in arts and crafts. This museum exhibits more than three thousand objects made of Wheeling glass. All of these objects were created between 1829 and 1939. They exemplify various styles of art and artistic eras. In addition to the impressive displays, visitors have the opportunity to participate in workshops where they will see live stained glass windows and have the opportunity to make a glass paperweight.
14. Learn about local history at the West Virginia State Museum
One of the best places to learn about West Virginia history is the West Virginia State Museum. Topics covered in the exhibits that relate to the history of the state include paleontology, history, archeology, culture, art, and geology. Although many of the exhibits are serious, there are also some fun items in this museum, including a circus of …