“Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” that is how John Denver described this beautiful mountainous state in his top hit song, “Country Roads.” We are sure you will agree as we visit the area known as the “Heart of West Virginia.” This area is famous for its mountain scenery, outdoor recreation, rich culture and heritage. Come away to the lush green mountains of West Virginia, where interstates meet country roads and take the traveler on a delightful journey to some of the most beautiful scenery you have ever seen.
Day 1 – ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – GANDY DANCER THEATER – Today we step aboard a deluxe motorcoach and travel to Elkins, West Virginia, where we check into our hotel for the next two nights. After check-in, we’re off for an unforgettable evening at the Gandy Dancer Theater. After a wonderful included dinner, the fabulous Mountain Memories Show Band will entertain us with music from the 50’s to today, country, pop, gospel and patriotic tunes and high energy, family friendly comedy.
Day 2 – CHEAT MOUNTAIN SALAMANDER – DURBIN ROCKET – After an included breakfast, we embark on one of the most unique rail excursions in the nation – the Cheat Mountain Salamander. Our train takes us for a 21-mile ride deep into the untamed mountain wilderness to the High Falls of the Cheat River. Lunch is included on the train. It travels mountain crests and valleys two hours before arriving at the outpost of the Cheat Bridge. In historic Durbin, we board the Durbin Rocket, one of the rarest steam locomotives in existence, for a scenic ten-mile journey along the Greenbrier River. We have included dinner this evening. Overnight same hotel.
Day 3 – BECKLEY EXHIBITION COAL MINE – TAMARACK – We travel to beautiful Beckley, West Virginia today. At the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, we take a ride in remodeled coal mining cars in this once-working coal mine. Our guide, a veteran miner, will share with us the stories and first-hand accounts of past and present day miners. After our great adventure in the mine, we travel to Tamarack for shopping. This unique retailer with artisan products and extraordinary food started out as a simple vision to promote the Mountain State’s wonderful image. You will find crafts and foods from all over the Mountain State, including those from the famous five-star Greenbrier Resort. We overnight in Beckley, West Virginia.
Day 4 – HOME – We travel home today with memories and stories to tell our loved ones about our great adventure to beautiful West Virginia. Meals: 3B, 1L, 2D, Show: 1