Arrive in Charleston, West Virginia, the State Capital. Spend some time exploring the history of the Mountain State with a tour of the Capitol Complex, Veterans Memorial and the new State Museum at The Culture Center. Relax this evening with dinner on your own at The Charleston Town Center Mall that has a restaurant to meet everybody’s taste.
This morning, travel to Beckley, West Virginia and the heart of southern West Virginia. The key to this region’s past, present and future is tied to its rivers, its mountains, its coal and its railroads. The Greenbrier and New Rivers link, creating geographic and historic bonds between communities and eras. Spend the morning exploring the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Company Store. Find out what it was like to work in the mines of West Virginia and grow up in a coal company town. After some shopping at Tamarack, West Virginia’s premier tourist center, lunch will be at “Taste of West Virginia” Food Court. Operated by The Greenbrier, the food court has something for everyone’s taste buds. Travel north to witness one of man’s finest engineering achievements, set amidst some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful work, the New River Gorge Bridge and Visitor’s Center. The Canyon Rim Visitors Center offers a stunning view of the New River Gorge, with whitewater rapids and the C&O Railroad coursing nearly 876 feet below. Final stop of the day will be at Blue Smoke Salsa’s factory & shop. Browse the shop, watch salsa being made, explore the museum of the area across the street. Still more breathtaking scenery awaits you as you enjoy a relaxing drive back to Charleston along the scenic Midland Trail.
Going west today to Milton, West Virginia and the Blenko Glass Factory. See craftsmen practicing the old world art of glass blowing. Decorative tableware and sheet glass for stained glass windows are made at Blenko. Heritage Farm Museum and Village is a step back in time. Here you will experience the past, present and the possibilities of the future. Visit over 14 different 1800’s buildings with furnishings of the era. See the blacksmith’s shop, log church, log homes, one-room schoolhouse and the general store that is frozen in time. Lunch will be catered at the Farm. Finally a stop at Marshall University, to hear of the rebirth of the university’s football program following the worst sports disaster in the history of the US, the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 souls. At the Memorial Fountain, you will feel the community pride that was depicted in the 2006 film, “We Are Marshall.” Set back and relax for the drive back to Charleston.
This evening enjoying your favorite spectator sport, racing, poker or video slot machines. Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes, West Virginia is your one-stop gaming facility. Join the Player’s Club to track your points and experience 90,000 square feet of gaming entertainment with 1,800 slot machines, including penny slots in over 100 game themes. If tables are your game of choice, Tri-State is home to several types of poker, craps and roulette. The State-of-the-Art simulcast racing area provides both greyhound and thoroughbred horse racing from throughout the country. Enjoy dinner while watching the greyhounds race around the track chasing Sparky and Spunky. The evening is a sure bet for everyone to have fun
After breakfast, depart for home with memories of the Mountain State and the living history you can share with others.