Travel Day to the capitol of West Virginia, Charleston, I-77, I-64 and I-79 all meet here, where shopping, gaming, festivals and history are the norm. Spend your evening relaxing at a West Virginia Power baseball game at Appalachian Power Park. A catered picnic will be especially made for your group. The Power is the Class A affiliate team of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Start your day with a visit to the West Virginia Capitol Complex with its 293-foot, gold leaf dome and the Georgian Colonial style Governor’s Mansion. As the only state born of the Civil War, West Virginia has a rich heritage to share with the nation, from Moundbuilders to Blair Mountain to today’s changing exhibits; and it can be found at the State Museum located in the Culture Center. The main auditorium of the Culture Center is home to the Public Radio show, “Mountain Stage.” On the Capitol Campus, a must see is the State’s Veterans Memorial. Dedicated to the West Virginian’s who gave their all for their country, the Memorial was designed by P. Joseph Mullins, who also sculpted the four figures representing the four major twentieth century conflicts and the four major branches of military service. Have lunch at the Capitol Market. This afternoon the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences will provide entertainment for all. The Center houses the performing arts, visual arts and the sciences under one roof - one of the few centers of its kind in the country. The facility is home to both the Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Dinner will be on your own at one of the many restaurants at the Charleston Town Center Mall, a shopper’s delight.
Following a driving tour of Charleston’s Historic East End, this morning includes a trip to Heritage Towers. The Exhibit is a collection of galleries unfolding the story of American Heritage from life in West Africa, to the courageous travel along the Underground Railroad trails and the history of African American coal miners. Lunch will be at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort. Home to over 1,600 slot machines, Tri-State also has table games, simulcast racing and greyhound racing for your enjoyment. A trip to Huntington, West Virginia’s second largest city is next and a step back in time to Heritage Farm and Museum. A family’s private collection of antiques is a village setting will open your mind to how lucky we are today. Dinner will be catered on site for the final night of your trip.
This morning depart for home with memories of “Almost Heaven”, West Virginia and start planning your next excursion to explore the Mountain State.