West Virginia

    Cass Scenic Railroad State Park: Take a Train, See the West Virginia Mountains (1)

    10/23/15 •

    For an enjoyable ride through the West Virginia mountains, hop a train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Once used for logging, rare geared Shay locomotives now pull open passenger cars through switchbacks, steep grades and unspoiled wilderness to Whittaker Station, a restored 1940s logging camp. A round-trip ride takes 1-1/2 hours. A longer 4-1/2-hour…

    Pocahontas County in West Virginia: For Natural Beauty and Rich History

    8/14/19 •

    My family’s favorite fall getaway is Pocahontas County, tucked in the rugged mountains of east-central West Virginia. It’s packed with beautiful scenery, historic attractions and virtually unlimited recreational opportunities. There’s something for everyone! For instance, I love old country general stores, and there are several to browse through here. The Hillsboro Country Store in Hillsboro,…

    New River Gorge, West Virginia: Some of Most Incredible Views in the Eastern US

    5/23/20 •

    For some of the most breathtaking views in the East, you can’t beat the New River Gorge in the heart of southern West Virginia. The New River — actually one of the oldest rivers in the world–flows north from North Carolina. Over the eons, it has carved its way through the Appalachian Mountains, creating a…

    Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee in West Virginia (3)

    12/28/16 •

    What started as a small gathering of crafters and musicians more than 25 years ago has grown into one of West Virginia’s finest festivals — the Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee. This exciting 4-day event is held over Labor Day weekend near Weston at Jackson’s Mill, the boyhood home of famous Confederate Civil…

    Two Ghost Towns for the Price of One: Virginia City & Nevada City, Montana (3)

    2/04/19 •

    …You Visit Virginia City and Nevada City are on U.S. Highway 287, about 12 miles west of Ennis (the “Fishing Capital of the World”) and about a 90-mile-drive west of Yellowstone National Park. The towns are open for tours from late May to mid-September. Accommodations and dining are avail-able in historic buildings. For details, contact…

    Satisfy Your Desire for Sweets at the Highland Maple Festival in Virginia

    4/14/21 •

    West Virginia state line; U.S. Highways 220 and 250 are its major thoroughfares. The Highland Maple Festival takes place on the second and third weekends of March (that’s March 11-12 and 18-19 in 2006), with tours and other events held throughout the county. For detailed information, call the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at 1-540-468-2550….

    Aquarium Plant Database (222 Plants and Counting)

    10/19/19 •

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    Humpback Covered Bridge in Lexington, Virginia: The Oldest of Its Kind

    3/04/20 •

    …in western Virginia. From Lexington, located at the junction of I-64 and I-81, take I-64 about 45 miles west to Exit 10 at Callaghan. You can see the bridge from the interstate. Then take U.S. 60 east; in about 1 mile, take a right on Rumsey Road — you can’t miss it from there. For…

    Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, Virginia: See Restored Vehicles From the 1700s

    7/25/18 •

    Luray Caverns in north-central Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley boasts a host of attractions. But my favorite is its Car and Carriage Caravan Museum, with authentically restored vehicles from the 1700s to just before World War II. The vehicles range from a Conestoga wagon to an 1892 German Benz, one of the oldest operable cars in America….

    Learn Something New at the Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site in Georgia

    3/31/20 •

    …when Union troops captured the Confederate president here on May 10, 1865. Davis and a few Cabinet members were fleeing west, where they hoped to rally Confederate forces west of the Mississippi River. A bronze bust of Davis and a monument mark the site of his capture. Irwinville is at the junction of State Highways…

    Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    10/19/20 •

    If you live in Northeastern US you don’t have many options for visiting a national park within driving distance. You can head up to Acadia National Park in Maine or down to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. However, for the quintessential national park experience your best bet is to make your way to the Great…