What to do and see in West Virginia, United States: The Best Points of Interest & Landmarks

June 11, 2021 Brain Ambrose

As you would expect, The Mountain State displays rustic charm with dramatic river gorges, large limestone caverns and spectacular mountain views. West Virginia hosts outdoor enthusiasts and family vacationers looking for fresh-air activities and serene mountain atmosphere. If stimulating city holidays are your preference, Charleston combines warm hospitality with a lovely riverside location. A family-friendly destination, you’ll discover children’s theatre, river park recreation and popular Bridge Road for shopping and dining. Smaller towns blend outdoor adventure with quaint village atmospheres. Set between the New, Greenbrier and Bluestone Rivers, Hinton is an historic rail town filled with turn-of-the-century architecture and a host of water activities at its doorstep – rafting, fishing, kayaking and more. In the heart of West Virginia, Summersville is a “Mountain Water Playground.” Its lakeside location encourages outdoor recreation from swimming and boating to scuba diving and rafting. And history buffs can trace Civil War battles throughout the states historic sites and state parks. Hiking or horseback riding along trails through deep hardwood forests is another family favorite, especially when you stop for a picnic along a clear mountain stream.

1. Stifel Fine Arts Center

1330 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003-5706 +1 304-242-7700 http://www.oionline.com/calendar2/index.php?com=location&lID=7
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Stifel Fine Arts Center

2. Eckhart House

810 Main St, Wheeling, WV 26003-2530 +1 304-232-5439 [email protected] http://www.eckharthouse.com/
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5.0 based on 13 reviews

Eckhart House

Reviewed By KathyC615

Do yourself a favor and take a tour of this beautifully maintained home. It also has a very nice gift shop as well. The tea and cookies that are served after your tour are wonderful. You will not be sorry.

3. Polish-American War Memorial

45th and Eoff Streets, Wheeling, WV 26003
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Polish-American War Memorial

4. Fayette Station Road

Fayette Station Road, Lansing, WV 25862 +1 304-574-2115 http://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/fayette-station-road.htm
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5.0 based on 62 reviews

Fayette Station Road

Reviewed By stevehud29 - Sandusky, United States

This was a wonderful drive down into the gorge. It takes you down a very nice paved road with many sharp twists and turns. There are several stop off points to take pictures and explore. I enjoyed it so much I took the drive twice! When you’re at Canyon Rim Visitor’s Center, ask them for the CD that provides historical information and points of interest that sync up when playing it on the drive. It took me about an hour and 20 min because I stopped a lot for pictures and to take in the scenery!

5. Dr. Robert B. McNutt House

1522 N Walker St, Princeton, WV 24740-2639 http://gotowv.com/company/dr-robert-b-mcnutt-house/
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Dr. Robert B. McNutt House

6. Green Bank Observatory

155 Observatory Road, Green Bank, WV 24944 +1 304-456-2150 [email protected] http://www.greenbankobservatory.org
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4.5 based on 273 reviews

Green Bank Observatory

The Science Center remains temporarily closed for COVID 19 restrictions (see greenbankobservatory.org for updates). However our grounds are open for walking tours, docent activities, and seated presentations. See our website for complete schedules and updates.

Reviewed By glennbelkin - Murrysville, United States

This is currently the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope. This is NOT an optical telescope that you would LOOK through visually. This is a radio telescope. A radio telescope RECEIVES radio waves from various distant celestial sources. A very complex science indeed. It is near the tiny village of Green Bank, W.V. About 20 miles east of Snowshoe ski resort. VERY ISOLATED (on purpose). The drive from just about any direction is worth the trip. Just a gorgeous part of W.V. Warning: Roads are well maintained but VERY winding and significant changes in elevation. My GPS went anywhere from 1000 ft above sea level to 3800 ft! Fun drive though. The best time to go is of course during the peak of fall foliage. There are around 14 different radio telescopes on site (which has been around since the late 1950's) with I believe about half of which are currently operating. The highlight, of course is the GBT or Robert C. Byrd radio telescope.(Operating since about the year 2000). Even from a distance it is truly awe-inspiring! It does help if you have interest in the cosmos and question whether we "are alone". WE ARE NOT! I am sure of this. Great photos can be taken of the GBT from a viewing platform, where digital cameras ARE allowed. Medium to long telephoto lens does help though. (Digital cameras are not allowed on the tour that takes you up close (real close) to the GBT. Only disposable film cameras are permitted on this tour.(Digital cameras or even film cameras with ANY electronic components emit RF signals.That was news to me! You REALLY get a true gauge of just how big the GBT is on the tour to the base of the scope. INCREDIBLE. One interesting fact about the sensitivity of the GBT: From their website "If you were to take your cell phone to Mars, its energy as seen here on earth would be much, much greater than the energies frequently measured by the GBT." Think about that! They said they have measured unbelievably faint "signals" from the very edge of the known universe! Try and wrap your head around that! Nearby (5mi.) is the town of Cass. Great little town with the Cass Scenic Railroad with train engines from 1901 that take you on very scenic trips. Well worth a stop also. About 40 mi. north east of Cass is the Seneca Caverns. A must see!! One of the best caves I have been to. Incredible formations inside. And last, about 8 mi north of the caverns is Seneca Rocks formation. Another must see! A scaled down version a little like Yosemite. Climbers come from all parts of the country come to climb the sheer cliffs. Great photo op also. Have fun.

7. G. W. Henderson Plantation - Henderson Hall

517 Old River Rd, Williamstown, WV 26187-8207 +1 304-375-2129 [email protected]
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G. W. Henderson Plantation - Henderson Hall

Built in 1859 as the centerpiece of the 2,600-acre Henderson plantation, this impressive 17-room pre-Civil War mansion with all of its original furnishings, has survived as a legacy of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Reviewed By OHBallroomdancer

While visiting friends in Parkersburg, we went to take a tour of the hall. We went on the 1st weekend of November and it just happened that Veterans w/ 1 guest were free. But the $10 admission fee is well worth it on the self guided tour of the house. There are guides on each of the 3 floors and basement that are very knowledgeable, as well as passionate about the house and history. The house is amazing as all, 100%, of the furnishings, pictures, clothing, you name it, it was all original to the Henderson Family. That in itself leaves you awestruck!! The only "downside" is that they do not allow non-flash photography in the house.

8. Marion County Historical Society

211 Adams St, Fairmont, WV 26554-2861 +1 304-367-5398 http://www.marionhistorical.org/
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Marion County Historical Society

Reviewed By Kris0101

Interesting history museum of the area with staff who care about the city and its past. The tour of the old jail is especially interesting.

9. Mountaineer Wind Energy Center

Thomas, WV
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Mountaineer Wind Energy Center

10. Restoration Museum

Shenandoah St Appalachian Trail, Harpers Ferry, WV http://www.historicharpersferry.com/index_eecms.php/export/sites/restoration-museum
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Restoration Museum

Reviewed By Lovebus279 - Clearwater, United States

This was a self guided walk through the ruins of what used to be....you can read and see the plans and layouts of the homes that used to stand in the spots you are walking on.

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