I know West Virginia isnt a top destination on most of your all’s travel lists, but if you are passing though I do suggest you stay a day and experience the cool things the state has to offer. I might gripe about West Virginia being behind the times and stuff, but really the state has some pretty awesome things that you should consider checking out, especially if you are a history buff like myself. So if you are ever in West Virginia, here is a list of a couple of things you HAVE to do:
1. Eat at Tudor’s Biscuit World: I know what your thinking: What in the world is Tudor’s biscuit world and why does it have such an unfortunate name? Well the joint serves up the most delicious, fatty, heart clogging biscuits you could ever ask for. Each biscuit has a cool West Virginia themed name like the Mountaineer and the Herd, and some not so West Virginia themed names like the Ron and the Mary B. What you really need to know is that they are delicious, in fact I had a Peppi this morning (pepperoni and melted cheese).
2. Visit the State Capitol in Charleston: Looks familiar huh? That’s because the one in Washington D.C. is modeled after it. It is something that West Virginians are very proud of. The interior is ornate and gorgeous. It is definitely something you need to see in person.
3. Visit Harper’s Ferry: Remember that anti slavery guy named John Brown you were taught about in grade school? That fateful raid on the federal arsenal to arm slaves and march south to free slaves all over almost occurred right here in WV. Not only is Harper’s Ferry a historical site, it also is a beautiful place to go hiking.
4. Visit New River Gorge to get your adrenaline fix: The place is a haven for adventure seekers of all types. Every year the bridge is shut down for one day for “Bridge Day”. It’s a day where people from all around the world come to base jump off the bridge. Its one of the tallest structures that you can jump off of in the entire world. The area recently opened up a zip lining park and it has gotten excellent reviews so far. White Water Rafting in the area is legendary. People from all around the world come to do it in New River. They boost having level 3 rapids.
5. The Clay Center for the Preforming Arts: This museum was built just a few short years ago and has brought many interesting exhibits, shows and performances to the area. It has an excellent children’s museum with interactive things for them to do. It also has a large ampitheater that has boasted performances from Lando Eugene Murphy (WV’s America’s Got Talent Winner) to Wayne Newton.
6. Fall Foliage and Festivals: Fall foliage in West Virginia is nation-wide known. With dense forests and many undeveloped areas, WV is the ideal place to see the leaves turning colors. West Virginia is also host to many fall festivals such as the Pumpkin Festival and the Fall Harvest Festival. These festivals bring crafters from all around the state to sell their goods and services. They are also the place to get some amazing culinary confections (pumpkin ice cream anyone?).
So next time you have the opportunity to stop by West Virginia, you most definitely should. Our people are known for their hospitality and kindness. The scenery is beautiful and where else can you get a melted cheese and pepperoni biscuit?