The Best Day Trips In Southern West VirginiaJanuary 8, 2010
Here’s a nice way to get out and around in the winter: Plan a West Virginia Day Trip.
Here are two suggestions for taking mountain state tours. One’s a north/south itinerary, and the other is an east/west itinerary.
See West Virginia in the winter, South To North
-Soon after you cross the state line, head into Bluefield to have an early lunch at Gary Bowling’s House Of Art. It’s filled with unique, beautiful pieces from floor to ceiling. And the food is as good as the art.
-Take another detour to go snowtubing at Winterplace Ski resort. Tickets are sold in 2 hour blocks, and there are no special skills or equipment you need. Gravity + snow + an intertube = fun!
-Keep heading north, stopping in Beckley at the always wonderful Tamarack. Even if you’re just window shopping, there’s still plenty to see. Oh, and you’ll want to eat there too. All the food is done by the Greenbrier- don’t miss it.
-Once you cross the New River Gorge Bridge, take a winter zip line tour at Adventure West Virginia Resort. It’s kind of a cross between being Santa Claus and Tarzan. If you’ve never done it, go.
–Bed down in a cabin near the Gauley River in Nicholas County. Perfect Day.
See West Virginia in the winter, East To West
-Start at the Virginia state line, and leave that place behind. Head straight for the lap of luxury at the Greenbrier Resort and take a tour of the once secret underground bunker that was built to keep the president and congress safe. Amazing.
-Head to the Monroe County line, near Lewisburg, to head underground once more to tour the Organ Cave. It’s a pretty good mix of natural and human history- not only do bats hide there, but about 3000 confederate soldiers hid out there during the civil war.
-Beckley again? Try checking out some minor league Basketball at the Civic Center. Seeing a West Virginia Blazers game is a great way to spend an afternoon.
-Head to Pineville and get out on the Hatfield and McCoy ATV trails. Outfitters in the area have everything you need to get out and ride. Talk about your winter wonderland.
-Finish up your day with some skating at the South Charleston Me morial Ice Skating Rink. That’s right, skating. You know you want to.
Those are a couple of seriously full days. Whoever said there’s nothing to do in West Virginia during the wintertime just didn’t take the time to look. Enjoy!