They don’t call West Virginia “Wild and Wonderful” for nothing!
Soaring spectacular mountains frame rippling streams provide the setting for a wide variety of outdoor activities. The history of West Virginia includes Native American Burial Grounds along with Revolutionary War and Civil War battlesites. And then there is the shopping! So many talented artisans call West Virginia home that you’re never far from a local shop or gallery displaying one of a kind pottery, hand-blown glass, handcrafted quilts along with custom woodworking and dazzling jewelry.
The Amtrak Cardinal is a cozy train consisting of one sleeping car, three coaches and a dining car which makes it the perfect size for a day trip through some of the loveliest wilderness Mother Nature has to offer.
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
You’ll board a comfortable coal mine “man-trip,” (a small train like vehicle) that holds around 35 people, for a unique underground mine experience. While riding the tracks the guides, all veteran miners, give you a realistic look into the history of coal mining along with information on the equipment used and different mining methods. A jacket or sweater is a good idea as the mine is always 58 degrees. On the grounds there is also a Youth Museum, a recreated coal camp and a whimsical 20 foot “Peace Totem,” a favorite place for photos.
Amtrak Cardinal Day Train through the New River Gorge
Experience whitewater rivers, get up close and personal with the geologic history of the New River Gorge, marvel at the Kanawha River as it flows into a 1,300 foot canyon below, peek into quiet coal mining towns, all from the comfort of your own seat on this exciting New River Gorge day trip.
Greenbrier Resort Tour
The heart of Greenbrier Resort is the sulphur water spring that still flows beneath the green-domed white columned Springhouse. Open to the public since 1778, people worldwide have come to take advantage of the water’s healing properties. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Greenbrier has over 6,500 acres, 700 guest rooms, fine dining, championship golf, a casino and a fabulous spa facility. On the grounds is the Presidents’ Cottage Museum featuring exhibits about the past Presidents who have spent time at the Greenbrier along with the resort’s history.
Tamarack Visitors Center
Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia is notable due to its distinctive red peaked roof and meticulous landscaped grounds. Browse through shops full of collections of handcrafted pottery, linens and jewelry along with homegrown and packaged West Virginia jams, jellies and other gourmet food products. Stroll through the fine art gallery showcasing West Virginia artists. You’ll also enjoy live entertainment and plenty of different food options.
West Virginia Capitol Tour
Located in Charleston, the state capital building is part of the West Virginia Capitol Complex, a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Situated on the banks of the Kanawha River the capitol grounds include a statute of native son, Stonewall Jackson along with two mansions, the historic Holly Grove Mansion and the West Virginia Governor’s Mansion.