Nestled within the Appalachian Mountain region, West Virginia has earned its reputation as a popular destination among outdoor enthusiasts thanks to its countless natural wonders. There are also vibrant towns and cities, with art scenes that keep culture seekers content too. Whatever you get up to here, the best weekend getaways in West Virginia always feature plenty of action.
From city charm to outdoor adventure
West Virginia's picturesque cities have something to offer everyone. Recently voted one of the coolest small towns in America, Lewisburg packs a punch on a weekend getaway in West Virginia. Charming family-run stores and a historic downtown are big draws here, as well as the numerous galleries and performance venues. Popular events like First Fridays After Five and the Ivy Terrace Concert Series allow visitors to mingle with locals and experience the flourishing arts scene.
Wherever you plan your weekend getaway in West Virginia, you're sure to come across superb dining spots, as restaurants throughout the state are elevating their menus to deliver something truly special. While the capital city Charleston is an obvious choice for more elegant dining options, the historic city of Shepherdstown has developed a buzzing dining scene with culinary options including Mexican, Thai, Japanese, and French. Many cities also boast great farmers' markets, perfect for picking up fresh ingredients to cook back at your vacation home.
West Virginia is synonymous with the great outdoors and travelers seeking untouched nature will find it during their weekend getaway. In West Virginia, hiking and climbing are popular activities thanks to numerous National and State Parks, many of which flank the state's multiple mountain ranges. During the summer, visitors go in search of dramatic waterfalls, including in Blackwater Falls State Park alongside Davis. During winter, the town is also the gateway to both alpine and cross-country skiing. Nothing beats the rock climbing Mecca of Fayetteville for thrill-seeking weekend getaways in West Virginia.