We’ve talked before about the merits of visiting tucked-away West Virginia. From the New River to two of America’s “coolest small towns,” there’s more to see and do than you could possibly imagine. West Virginia is one of America’s hidden national treasures, with cultural and outdoor activities spread statewide.
This time of year is a great time to visit West Virginia. The deciduous forests that make up West Virginia’s mountain landscape are some of the most beautiful in the country. They’re a great reason to visit West Virginia during October’s popular Bridge Day.
Bridge Day and Accommodations
Once the longest arch bridge in the western hemisphere, the New River Gorge Bridge was constructed in the 1970s. Bridge Day takes place the third weekend in October each year, and over a million people from all over the world visit. Base jumpers parachute off the bridge in interested figurations, and arts and crafts vendors from all over the state sell their fare.
Perhaps one of the greatest assets of Bridge Day is the fall colors that permeate the landscape during this time of year. The view from the New River Gorge Bridge yields an incredible display of fall colors. From orange to red, brown to yellow, the hillsides literally look like they’re on fire during the fall. The landscape alone attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area at this time of year.
The weather is slightly cooler in southern West Virginia during this time of year, so camping may not be the best option for visitors. There are a variety of local hotels open nearby, but it’s best to book early or else plan on driving a fairly long distance from your hotel to Bridge Day. Nearby Fayetteville has a variety of accommodations, including some classic bed and breakfasts with home style cooking.
A few hours’ drive away will lead you to the Hatfield and McCoy Trails of central West Virginia. Afternoon and early ATV rides yield sunset views on the area’s various mountains. Again, the fall weather may not yield the best possible camping conditions, but local area hotel chains around the trails and in the capital city of Charleston provide excellent accommodations for the evening.
If you’re looking for a little culture, Charleston’s got it. Amidst the mountain landscape lies a cultural treasure, filled with nature walks, museums, and fine dining. The late, great Leslie Nielsen’s favorite “little city in the world,” Charleston has a little something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a fall vacation spot, West Virginia is a great place to consider. Small, local air services ensure your Kavoo flight will get you there without delays. Give yourself a great vacation getaway and consider West Virginia!