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State Bucket List: West Virginia

10. Pies and Pints


Come see why WV Living Magazine voted Pies and Pints the best pizza in the state. Their artisan pizzas are as delicious as they are good for you. Made with fresh, locally-grown ingredients, you always know what you are eating. The pizza pairs well with the craft beers on tap.

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9. Capitol Street


Running through one of the oldest districts in Charleston, Capitol Street is perfect for an evening stroll. The street is home to many interesting shops, including Ivor’s Clothes, Taylor Books, and Ellen’s Ice Cream. Because the street is so well maintained, many of the restaurants offer outdoor dining.

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8. Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit System

The only one of its kind, the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit System allows riders to hop on and off as they wish, without having to make any unnecessary stops. The small cars allow for an individualized trip, so you are able to more efficiently get to your destination.

7. Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum

A relic of the town’s past, Beckley has preserved its coal mine, giving tours in authentic mining cars 1,500 feet underground. The tour guides have a history in the industry, so they can provide first-hand accounts of working in a coal mine. Be sure to bring a jacket, as the chilly temperature in the mine doesn’t change with the season.

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6. Bloomery Plantation Distillery

Charles Town

Known for its unconventional approach to brewing, Bloomery Plantation Distillery is located in an 1840s log cabin at the end of a dirt road. They offer guests free tastings and tours of the distillery. Along with their laid-back staff, Bloomery is best known for its limoncello.

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5. Blackwater Falls


One of the most beautiful attractions in West Virginia, Blackwater Falls offers an array of year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, and camping. Many guests enjoy staying in the park's cabins and lodges. Be sure to check out the museum and historical center, as well.

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4. Whitewater Rafting on the Gauley River

One of the most popular whitewater rafting spots in the Eastern United States, Gauley River stretches for 105 miles. With the release of the river’s dams, the rapids can reach exciting peaks. There are several notable rapids on the Gauley River, including a group of Class V runs known as the “Big Five.”

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3. Mothman Museum

Point Pleasant

Point Pleasant saw its share of strange phenomena in the 1960s, as was chronicled in the 2002 thriller The Mothman Prophecies. The Mothman Museum was established to document these occurrences and serve as a monument to the movie, including many props and souvenirs from the film.

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2. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum


Established in 1864, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was an operating psychiatric hospital for 130 years. As you tour the facility, you will learn some of the unnerving secrets of the history of mental health. Ghost tours are also offered at night, as the building's past history helped make it onto our list of the 13 Most Haunted Places in the U.S.

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1. Harpers Ferry

Visiting Harpers Ferry, which feels like you are stepping into the past, proves that you can blend entertainment and education. Whether you are visiting a museum or hiking through the national park, you are never far from something amazing, which is why the town brings in half a million visitors annually.

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