West Virginia’s National Coal Heritage Trail

Coal may not be king anymore in West Virginia but its physical imprints can still be seen all over the southern part of the state, the site of my latest road trip from Washington, DC. I traveled to this part of the country specifically to tour the National Coal Heritage Area, which covers 13 counties in the heart of Appalachia. Through this region runs the 187 mile-long Coal Heritage Trail, one of 126 distinct roads, or byways, in the United […]

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Harpers Ferry, WV

Potomac River near Harpers Ferry

I think one of the best day trips from Washington, DC is Harpers Ferry, WV and nearby Sheperdstown, WV. They are only about 1.5 hours away and the route up there doesn’t really have the traffic you see on routes like I95. Not only is Harper’s Ferry a unique site in a geographic sense, it holds a significant place in American history and retains some beautiful–albeit restored–architecture. Sheperdstown is a beautifully preserved 19th century town with a nice main street […]

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