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TAKE A TRIP THROUGH "BEST" VIRGINIA

Frank DeMarco, teaching assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management at the WVU College of Business and Economics is pictured at Coopers Rock State Forest in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Evenings are the peak time to enjoy a sunset over vibrant green trees, the rolling mountains and the Cheat River Gorge from the overlooks at Coopers Rock State Forest.

Photographed by Alex Wilson

Traveling throughout West Virginia has never been better, and the College of Business and Economics has become a hub of knowledge for hospitality and tourism in the state. Whether for business travel, a family vacation, a riveting adventure, a romantic getaway or historical destinations, there are many places to take in the essence of the state, such as Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, the New River Gorge Bridge and the Charleston State Capitol. Here is a sampling of some well-known and off-the-beaten-path spots to visit in West Virginia!

1. The Business Trip

It’s been said that the golf course is a place for fun and business. If you’re in West Virginia on business travel, there are several golf courses that offer the quintessential environment to impress clients and secure business deals. The Palmer Course at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia, has been described as a hidden gem. The Arnold Palmer-designed course offers picturesque scenery on a challenging course. The clubhouse with the Lightburn’s Restaurant has a spacious balcony for dining and cocktails. The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, West Virginia: The Stonehaven Golf Course, the Cobb Course and the Woodhaven Golf Course at Glade Springs are beautiful settings surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. The resort also offers a variety of great dining options.

2. Family Vacation

Whether you’re up for a family outing or on your way to or from another fantastic destination in West Virginia, why not get on board with a train excursion? Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society in Huntington, West Virginia: In late October, witness Mother Nature’s colorful fall handiwork as you ride upon vintage rail passenger cars on the New River Train Excursions. The trip runs from Huntington to Hinton, West Virginia, and back, along the New River and through the New River Gorge with some of the most awe-inspiring scenery anywhere in the U.S. Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad in Romney, West Virginia: Along this historic train ride, your family will enjoy a narrated excursion through a serene mountain valley. The journey begins at Wappocomo Station, and then through charming farms and pastures dating back to the 1700s. History + fun = happy family.

3. Adventurous Activities

For adventure sports enthusiasts, we have you covered. Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing, West Virginia, is known as the Adventure Resort with limitless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Take in a wild rafting ride on the Gauley River or a zip line canopy tour through the New River Gorge endangered old-growth hemlock forests. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia: If your type of adrenaline rush includes paranormal activity, West Virginia has that, too! Formerly known as the Weston State Hospital, the historical building served as a facility for the mentally ill in the 1800s. With many reported apparition sightings, mysterious voices and sounds, and other supernatural activity, take in a ghost hunt or paranormal tour.

4. Historical Destinations

West Virginia is rich in history, and there are numerous spots around the state that commemorate culture and the stuff of campfires and history books. Hatfield Cemetery in Sarah Ann, West Virginia: This year marks 135 years since the historic Hatfield-McCoy Feud, a notable part of West Virginia’s history. Hatfield Cemetery is the resting place of Devil Anse Hatfield, the patriarch of the family, who is memorialized there with a life-size statue and surrounded by many family members. The Palace of Gold in New Vrindaban, West Virginia is located near Moundsville and was originally constructed as a simple residence for Srila Prabhuapada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It is known as America’s Taj Mahal and rated as one of the eight religious wonders to see in the U.S.

5. Romantic Getaways

The Historic Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg, West Virginia, has offered a luxurious ambiance with European-style elegance for more than a century. Enjoy delish food at Spats Restaurant & Lounge or experience the arts centers nearby. Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia: Open year-round with a gorgeous natural setting, Canaan Valley Resort is the perfect place to relax. Cabins have wood burning fireplaces and fire pits. Visit The Spa at Canaan or venture into Davis to try local brews at Stumptown Ales or Blackwater Brewing Company.