Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

Mid Atlantic



New Jersey’s boardwalks and Pennsylvania’s amusement parks are just the beginning of a Mid-Atlantic vacation. Learn about pirate legends in Delaware and travel by scenic railway in West Virginia. Observe interesting creatures from all over the world at Maryland’s zoos. And in Washington, D.C., visit monuments and national landmarks that help tell an American story begun on the shores of Jamestown, Virginia, 400 years ago.



Delaware



If pirate legends, slot machines, or golf greens sound like the stuff vacations are made of, pull out your road atlas and set your GPS for underrated Delaware.

Gaming

It seems like the action never ceases at the state of Delaware’s three gaming venues.

Wilmington

Delaware Park contains 2,000 slot machines for your playing pleasure. There’s also seasonal live thoroughbred racing, year-round race simulcasts, restaurants, a picnic area and “Traditions” shopping boutique.

Dover

At Dover Downs, live harness racing, boxing and concerts featuring top musical talents complement the action generated at 2,500 slots.

Harrington

Midway Slots and Simulcast Racing at the Delaware State Fairgrounds lines up of 1,500 slot machines plus an international buffet, a nostalgic fifties diner, and first-rate performances at the Carousel Lounge.

Pirate Tours

Ahoy, matey! Would you rather walk the plank or hunt for buried treasure? If you suspect the pirate’s life might be for you, test the waters at some of Delaware’s buccaneer-themed adventures.

Georgetown

The Treasures of the Sea exhibit contains bronze cannons, silver bars, green emeralds and gold coins recovered from the wreckage of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, a Spanish cargo ship that went down in Atlantic waters off Florida’s coastline almost four centuries ago.

Lewes

You might hit the jackpot during a visit to Cape Henlopen State Park. Local folklore claims there’s a treasure chest brimming with gold buried below the park’s sandy dunes. It’s believed that the notorious Captain Kidd came ashore at Cape Henlopen while en route to the West Indies and deposited a sizeable booty that was never retrieved.

Fenwick Island

Participate in modern-day guided searches for coins on designated beaches at the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum, where several old offshore wrecks make coin findings fairly common. Attend informative talks inside the museum about the ingenious plundering methods of 1600s pirates, and see a wealth of artifacts recovered by previous salvagers.

Golf

Delaware has a well-deserved reputation as a great getaway for golfers. Wilmington courses at Delcastle, Rock Manor, White Clay Creek Country Club and Three Little Bakers Country Club offer consistent challenges for discerning players. Back Creek Golf Club in Middletown is a highly praised, championship-caliber course with links-style design. Johnathans Landing Golf Course (Magnolia) on the St. Jones River is a breezy, 27-hole wonder. The award-winning Rookery (Milton) features 18 holes of golf, sparkling ponds and an island green on the fringes of a wetland that’s a heron breeding ground. For beach-area golf, check out Marsh Island Golf Club, Heritage Inn and Golf Club, or Midway Par 3, all in the town of Lewes.

For more information, contact (866) 2-VISIT-DE; www.visitdelaware.com.

MARYLAND



Would you like to spend a morning learning about sports legends, visiting historic gems, or admiring artistic masterpieces? A trip to Maryland might be your passport to a memorable vacation.

Visiting Historical Sites

From broad stripes and bright stars to mule-drawn barge rides to legislative landmarks, Maryland’s historic points of interest will welcome and entertain you.

Baltimore

Ft. McHenry Credit: Maryland office of Tourism/Tim Tadder Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is the famed locale where a momentous War of 1812 battle stirred Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The Flag House & Star Spangled Banner Museum preserves the former home of Mary Young Pickersgill, the talented craftswoman who constructed the original flag.

Potomac

C&O Canal National Historical Park–Potomac offers fascinating mule-drawn barge rides on the famed canal during spring, summer and autumn. Hike or cycle the park’s forest trails to marvel at the rushing waters of Great Falls and catch sightings of local wildlife such as ducks and beavers.

Annapolis

The Maryland State House, a national historic landmark, served as the United States Capitol Building for several months in the 1780’s. It also earned distinction as the nation’s oldest legislative house in continuous use, up through the present day.

Art Museums

The Maryland arts scene is absolutely exceptional, assuming you can slow your pace through the vibrant state enough to enjoy it.

Baltimore

The Baltimore Museum of Art showcases masterful works by Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse and other artistic giants from the 1800s and beyond. The Walters Art Museum contains a highly praised collection in its own right, representing five millenniums of worldwide artistic expression. From Greco-Roman works and paintings by the Old Masters to Art Deco jewelry, the museum is truly an art-lover’s dream.

Salisbury

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, an affiliate of Salisbury University, presents a new twist on museum-quality objects of art. Ward exhibits waterbird decoy carvings crafted from olden times to the present, while maintaining the world’s largest decoy collection.

Sports Legend Tours

Maryland’s sports-related attractions highlight the histories and local heroes of all sorts of sporting events, from baseball and football to lacrosse and horseracing.

Baltimore

The Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum honors the larger-than-life “Sultan of Swat,” otherwise know simply as “The Babe.” Ruth’s mythos is captured through displays, vintage photos and film. The histories of the Orioles baseball team and football’s legendary Baltimore Colts are also chronicled. Sports Legends at CamdenYards is located at the entrance to the major league Oriole Park in downtown Baltimore’s Camden Station. Maryland baseball greats such as Babe Ruth, Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken, Jr., football superstar Johnny Unitas, and tennis champ Pam Shriver are featured. The park remains one of the best places in the country to catch a game. The Lacrosse Museum & National Hall of Fame houses antique photos, lacrosse equipment, uniforms, trophies, art and interesting presentations about the Native American origins of the game.

Bowie

Belair Stable Museum in Bowie, Maryland, is a restored 1907 racing stable now serving as a tribute to Maryland’s acclaimed thoroughbred horse racing history. The stable counts many champion American horses as former residents, including Triple Crown victors Gallant Fox and Omaha.

For more information, contact (877) 333-4455; www.visitmaryland.org

NEW JERSEY

Whether you’re planning to stroll down a seaside boardwalk, test your luck at a casino or hunt for antiques –from classic wooden bridges to vintage rocking chairs–New Jersey promises to match your vacation expectations.

Boardwalks

There’s no doubt that boardwalk experiences add plenty of pizzazz to Jersey Shore vacations. Check out our recommended wood-planked wonders–and the ubiquitous funnel cakes–in a few of our favorite spots.

Spring Lake

The ocean boardwalk at Spring Lake is uncharacteristically peaceful and uncluttered, as compared with most others in the Garden State. It’s totally free of commercial establishments, so you can count on quiet walks and leisurely bike rides while you’re there.

Point Pleasant Beach

Carnival-style rides, games and Jenkinson’s Aquarium complex keep things humming at Point Pleasant’s walkway. Don’t forget the special bonus–fresh-made fudge and (what else) funnel cakes are the snacks of choice.

Seaside Heights

Piers with pulsating amusement parks cap both ends of the boardwalk at Seaside Heights, where breezy rides on an old-fashioned carousel never go out of style.

Atlantic City

The city’s original boardwalk, constructed in 1870, holds the distinction of being the world’s first. It’s just one of AC’s numerous claims to fame.

Wildwood

Family fun abounds on Wildwood’s fifties-era boardwalk. Traditional amusements and lots of blinking neon signs are reminiscent of the classic plank walks of yesteryear.

Casinos

There are compelling reasons why Atlantic City is widely acclaimed as the East Coast’s top gaming destination. Numerous casinos dot the boardwalk, providing a hub for those looking for poker, slots, and the one-arm bandits capable of charming tourists out of their nest eggs.

Atlantic City

Casinos at the Hilton, Ballys, Caesars, Sands, and Harrah’s offer fun and games with all the trimmings. Also be sure to visit Showboat, Tropicana, and Trump’s trio of casino resorts at the Marina, Plaza, and Taj Mahal.

Antiquing

If you’re in hot pursuit of vintage treasures, do yourself a favor and pay a visit to the antique traders of New Jersey. Here’s a quick checklist to help you get started:

Chester

Antique galleries in Chester are housed in hundred-year-old buildings, adding to the fun and authenticity of the search-and-shop experience.

Frenchtown

Downtown Frenchtown is full of antique stores, boutiques and art studios, home to an eclectic range of collectibles seemingly found around every corner.

Lambertville

In New Jersey’s “Antique Capital,” you’ll find treasures of old in a gaggle of shops nicely complementing the city’s beautiful assortment of restored homes and inns.

Red Bank

The Jersey Shore town of Red Bank is a good place to search for well-seasoned furnishings and vintage china. Just leave plenty of room in the motorhome for your finds.

Haddonfield

While shopping for fine old things in Haddonfield, be sure to take time to indulge in a pleasant meal at a downtown café.

Atlantic City

Atlantique City (clever, no?) is an awesome, ten-acre collectibles fair and a Mecca for the serious shopper. The event is held at the Atlantic City Convention Center every spring and fall.

Picturesque Howell, New Jersey is a blend of modern & rustic Only miles from the Jersey Shore Exploring Bridges

Ocean, bays, rivers, streams, lakes… there’s plenty of water in and around New Jersey and therefore lots of bridges to carry travelers safely from here to there. Many structures are nothing short of fabulous. In many cases, you will want to pull over the mighty RV to take a look.

Lumberville, Pennsylvania to Raven Rock, New Jersey

You won’t get caught in any traffic jams on the Lumberville Bridge. In fact, you won’t need to navigate around any auto traffic at all, since the bridge restricts passage to foot travelers only. Built in 1856 of steel and masonry materials, the Lumberville Bridge is a great spot for enjoying tranquil scenic hikes over the Delaware River.

Sergeantsville to Clinton

The circa 1872 Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge is one of just two covered bridges (and the only antique one) still standing in New Jersey. It crosses over Wickecheoke Creek and is open to cars, cyclists, and pedestrians.

Middletown to Rumson in Monmouth County

The Oceanic Bridge affords auto travelers and walkers reliable passage over the Navesink River. Whether you drive or walk, make a special effort to soak up the magnificent scenery from the bridge’s vantage point.

Cherry Hill

Although its design elements are reminiscent of late 19th-century bridgework, the Scarborough Bridge was actually constructed at the end of the fifties. It neatly traverses the Cooper River’s north fork and leads into scenic Cherry Hill.

For more information, contact (800) VISIT-NJ. www.visitnj.org.

PENNSYLVANIA



Pennsylvania welcomes tourists to both big-city and small-town living, amusement parks, offbeat factories, fabulous scenic roadways and an abundance of significant historic locales. This state truly has it all.

Amusement Parks

From thrill rides to splashing waters to candy-making tours, Pennsylvania’s amusement parks are simply delightful.

West Mifflin

Kennywood, a national historic landmark park, boasts vintage wooden roller coasters, paddleboat rides, games, and special amusements for children. Parades, fireworks, a shady picnic grove and an “All-American High Dive Show” are also part of the old-fashioned fun.

Altoona

Lakemont Park (circa 1894) currently stands as a granddaddy among American amusement centers. In fact, the restored Leap-the-Dips rollercoaster, built at Lakemont in 1902, qualifies as the oldest coaster in the entire world. Today’s Lakemont–with its Island Waterpark, go-karts and mini-golf deliver an appealing blend of aw, shucks nostalgia and contemporary fun.

Elysburg

A family-oriented park that’s chock-full of popular rides, Knoebels Grove has it all. From thrilling coasters to antique cars to an old-time train, the Grove doesn’t rest on its reputation. The entertainment schedule is lively, too, with music, magic and comedy shows.

Hershey

Hershey Park is just one of the highlights in the “Town Built on Chocolate.” This is the town where streetlights look like wrapped silver candies and the pleasing scent of cocoa wafts through the air. Take a candy-making tour at Hershey’s Chocolate World, go full-throttle on some 30 rousing rides and take in shows by top-notch entertainers.

Factory Tours

Beer, crayons, motorcycles, bologna… take your pick, and see how they’re made during a fascinating visit to a Pennsylvania factory.

Pottsville

Learn the history of America’s oldest beer-producing company (since 1829), and gain a first-hand view of the brewing facilities at Yuengling Brewery. And don’t be afraid to partake of a well-earned sample.

Easton

Observe the multicolored manufacturing process for crayons and markers at the Crayola Factory at Two Rivers Landing. Treat yourself, and the kids, to a 64-Crayola pack before leaving.

Lebanon

The folks at Daniel Weaver’s company have been producing their famous Lebanon Bologna since the late 1800s. Today’s visitors can walk through the smokehouse, nibble some samples, and find out how bologna is processed before it’s stocked on grocers’ shelves.

York

Is a carefree ride on a Harley your idea of a great time? See how Harley Davidson’s distinctive motorcycles are assembled and meticulously detailed, one by one, at the York factory.

Scenic Drives

The hills, farms, forests, and charming towns of Pennsylvania are made to order for leisurely sightseeing drives. This is a great driving state. Here are a few of the best routes to follow…

Corry to Milford

On rural Route 6, buy fresh produce at Meadville’s old-time Market House, hike in Allegheny National Forest and shop for antiques in Historic Wellsboro. Also plan to go underground at Lackawanna Coal Mine and browse through museums devoted to lumbering, glass-cutting and writer Zane Grey.

Lawrenceville to Fairplay

Route 15 invites travelers out to the country, through a covered bridge, past the bustling state capital at Harrisburg, and onto the glistening Susquehanna for a riverboat cruise.

Great Bend to State Line

Off Interstate 81, you can swing on the greens or glide over snow at Eagle Rock Golf and Ski Resort. Tour the Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, visit the National Civil War Museum and sweeten your road trip at Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Pittsburg to Philadelphia

On Route 30, the Lincoln Highway, you can learn about the French and Indian War, Native American traditions and firefighting at roadside museums. And be sure to explore back-to-basics wonders like shoofly pie and horse-drawn buggies in Lancaster’s Pennsylvania Dutch Country, where the Amish humble way of life takes center stage.

Historical Tours

Central events in the founding of America took place in Pennsylvania. For history, few can match what this state has witnessed, as some of the most compelling historic sites in the country may be visited in the Keystone State.

Gettysburg

The Civil War’s largest conflict raged at Gettysburg National Military Park with tragic loss of life. Today, monuments on the Gettysburg battlefield commemorate soldiers who perished in the fight. The Annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment takes place the first weekend in July.

Valley Forge

At Valley Forge National Historical Park, visit the strategic 1777 site where General Washington’s army withdrew from British troops and hunkered down for a long, cold winter.

Philadelphia

Take a momentous step back into history within the walls of Independence Hall’s Assembly Room. Early American dreams of freedom were formally realized there at the July 4, 1776 signing of The Declaration of Independence. Within sight of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center houses the famous, 2,000-pound cracked metal bell that has come to symbolize our nation’s freedom. It’s interesting to note that the Liberty Bell tolled on July 8, 1776 to proclaim the first open reading of “The Declaration of Independence.” A video and assorted exhibits reveal details about the big bell’s origins and its colorful 231-year history.

For more information, contact (800) VISIT.PA; www.visitPA.com.

VIRGINIA



History buffs, thoroughly modern shoppers- amusement park devotees and folks who’d rather go caving find a common ground for fun in the dynamic state of Virginia.

Skyline Across the James River, Richmond.  Credit: Bob Krist/VTC Jamestown

Anniversary Tours

Virginians are busy commemorating a momentous anniversary in 2007, and you can become part of the celebration. Four hundred eventful years have passed since the May 13, 1607 establishment of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement. It’s the ideal year to travel to historic Virginia, and while you’re there, don’t miss the opportunity to visit significant Jamestown locales where the history of Virginia, and of early America, was shaped. After an extensive archaeological excavation, visitors can now observe the fascinating findings at historic Jamestown’s fort site. See the original 1600s church tower, browse through artifact exhibits, and attend a living-history tour with a glass-blowing demonstration. Learn bits and pieces about the daily lives of the European settlers and the Powhatan people they encountered. At the nearby Jamestown Settlement, there’s a reconstructed fort, a Powhatan village, and impressive reproductions of the three sailing ships–Godspeed, Susan Constant, and Discovery–relied upon to transport the English settlers to Jamestown.

Shopping

Today’s Virginia offers lots and lots of shopping options, so plan your travel itinerary accordingly. Here are a few suggestions to warm up your consumer instincts.

Strasburg

Home of the Great Strasburg Emporium with more than 100 active dealers, the town of Strasburg earns converts as the “Antique Capital of Virginia.”

Dayton

Dayton’s Old Farmers Market contains 20 gift shops and food booths that reflect the simple, traditional Mennonite lifestyle.

Alexandria, Occoquan, and Fredericksburg

Look for downtown boutiques selling arts, handicrafts and unusual bric-a-brac.

McLean

Giant malls with trendy shops carrying everything under the Virginian sun may be found at Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria in McLean.

Williamsburg

Merchant’s Square in Colonial Williamsburg encompasses more than 40 shops and restaurants in a vintage village atmosphere where most goods on display are colonial reproductions. Williamsburg, also known as the “Outlet Store Capital,” hosts an impressive list of outlet centers.

Abingdon

For genuine handicrafts from the Blue Ridge Mountains, visit the Cave House Craft Shop, an inviting place stocked with homespun wares such as baskets and quilts from Holston Mountain Crafts Guild.

Amusement Parks

Thrills, chills, water wonders, crazy coasters and European flair are all part of the trip to Virginia’s amusement park scene.

Doswell

Paramount’s Kings Dominion is a family-friendly recreation center with a notable collection of 12 themed roller coasters, an on-site WaterWorks park and special amusement areas designed for children.

Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg certainly earns its long-standing title as “World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park.” With it’s old world Euro-style accents, rousing rides, quality stage shows, shops, and restaurants, Busch Gardens offers something appealing for everyone. The vintage surf-themed Water Country USA, also a Williamsburg attraction, treats guests to cool rides, slides and free-form river float trips with geyser action and speeding toboggans, plus a radical surf shop and a good selection of food-stuffs.

Caving

Practically everyone’s heard about the exquisite natural beauty of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but did you know that the area’s underground cave systems are every bit as engaging as the above-ground scenery?

Luray

Luray Caverns is the largest, most-visited cave system in the eastern United States. Colossal chambers, colorful formations, winding tunnels, underground pools and the music from the one and only “Great Stalacpipe Organ” make a trip here unforgettable. Nearby, the History of transportation in America comes alive at an exhibit that includes 140 items ranging from carriages to coaches.

New Market

Endless Caverns may be found on the side of Massanutten Mountain. After your underground cave adventure, come up to the surface to take in sweeping views of the Shenandoah Valley.

Salem City

Explore the visual wonders of the caves at Dixie Caverns, purchase antiques or pottery, and browse through the extensive Rock and Mineral Shop, all in one friendly location.

Quicksburg

Experience more of the Shenadoah’s Valley underground attractions with a visit to the remarkable Shenandoah’s Caverns, located just off I-81.

For more information, contact (800) VISIT-VA; www.Virginia.org.

WASHINGTON, D.C.



Washington, DC offers visitors a wealth of first-rate museums, historically significant landmarks, and inspiring memorials. America’s unique capital city is booming 24/7 with remarkable sightseeing adventures that tell our nation’s story.

Visiting Memorials

Washington DC’s National Mall and surrounding areas are graced with a fine series of commemorative structures and grounds designed to honor political and military heroes and heroines. The 500-foot-tall Washington Monument stands like a sentinel at the western end of the National Mall. The Jefferson Memorial, dedicated to the third U.S. President, contains a large statue of Thomas Jefferson and inscriptions of his celebrated writings, including portions of The Declaration of Independence. Powerful words from the Gettysburg address and clear views of both the U.S. Capitol Building and Washington Monument add to the stately elegance of the Lincoln Memorial, a tribute to America’s 16th president, Honest Abe.

The wheelchair-accessible FDR Memorial chronicles Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s 12 years as American president. FDR’s story of leadership unfolds within four outdoor galleries on a seven-acre site. How appropriate it is that Theodore Roosevelt Island serves to remind Americans of the conservation–minded former president, Theodore Roosevelt. While in D.C., be sure to visit Veterans and War Memorials that honor soldiers who served in the Navy, Marines, the Civil War, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. And don’t miss the memorials that commemorate Women in Military Service for America and National Law Enforcement Officers. Although technically in Arlington, Virginia, Arlington National Cemetery, with its distinctive sea of bright white headstones, is the final resting place for more than 285,000 deceased heroes.

Alber Bierstadt The Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institution is comprised of a top-quality network of museums and galleries, as well as a famous zoo. The museums mentioned here are well worth a trip to the capital as are all Smithsonian affiliates. The National Air and Space Museum contains intriguing displays such as the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer and the Apollo 11 Lunar Command Module. From dinosaur fossils to living insects to the magnificent Hope Diamond, the National Museum of Natural History wows visitors with earthly wonders. The National Museum of the American Indian celebrates the history, lifestyles, arts and cultures of the Western Hemisphere’s native sons and daughters. The Smithsonian American Art Museum weaves a visual tapestry of American drawings, photography, paintings, handicrafts and sculpture, from the 1700’s through modern times.

National Portrait Gallery

Visit the National Portrait Gallery’s Hall of Presidents to see official portraits of U.S. leaders. The gallery also displays likenesses of eminent Americans from many other walks of life. Meander through a simulated Amazonian rainforest and see thousands of animals, from a young panda to barking sea lions to Komodo dragons, at the National Zoological Park.

Federal Landmark Tours

In Washington, DC, several structures stand out as national treasures of exceptional historical significance. By visiting our list of landmarks, you’ll experience highlights from America’s past and present. The white-domed U.S. Capitol is the official meeting place of American legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives. Reconstructed in 1815 after British soldiers burned it down during the war of 1812, the White House has been the home of every American president since John Adams. (Trivia time: Who was the only U.S. president who did not reside at the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue)? Requests for tours of the illustrious home must be made in advance through your senator or representative. While in Washington, step inside the Supreme Court of the United States for a brief informative lecture. Visit the National Archives & Records Administration, the place where the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights are preserved. And at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, see the money-making printing process as sheets of new money rolls freshly minted off the press. Mmmm, money.

For more information, contact (800) 422-8644; www.washington.org.

WEST VIRGINIA



Whether the itinerary calls for following those fall landscapes, touring an interesting factory or boarding a venerable steam train for an old-fashioned ride into the wilderness, West Virginia says, “Come on over!” You’ll be glad you did.

Autumn Foliage Tours

It’s not all about the northeast come fall-foliage time. Not if West Virginia has anything to say about it. The “Mountain State” is a perfect location for enthusiastic leaf-peepers (cute, huh?) in search of fall’s fabulous colors and vistas.

Harmon to Davis and Thomas

The leafy woods come alive with color during the crisp season of autumn along State Route 32. Stay attentive while admiring those lofty views so you don’t miss two easy detours, to Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park. Both parks are home to excellent sightseeing hikes.

Charleston south on Route 60

Midland Trail National Scenic Byway is a historic route into the hills that offers an appealing mix of antique shops, art galleries, and glorious natural surroundings. Take in spectacular views at New River Gorge, go whitewater rafting or bike along the Greenbrier River Trail.

Richwood to Route 219

Highland Scenic Highway runs for more than 40 miles through the Monongahela National Forest. It’s such a lovely road, in fact, that it’s been designated an official National Forest Scenic Byway. The Highland drive is truly an uplifting experience, with travelers gaining more than 2,000 feet in elevation as they travel from the starting point in Richwood to the close at Route 219.

Factory Tours

Fine glassware, sparkling crystal and vintage dinnerware lines are all produced in West Virginia. The state is known for it, actually. From handcrafted originals to standard 40-piece place settings, it’s interesting to see how West Virginia’s signature products are made.

Newell

Go nostalgic at Homer Laughlin’s Fiestaware factory, where four-way color combos of bowls, plates, cups and saucers add rainbows to family dinner tables. The site has produced terrific plateware for more than a century.

Williamstown

Three generations of glass-working Fentons have produced handcrafted decorative collectibles with unique colors and patterns at Fenton Art Glass. Observe a real glass-crafting demonstration and browse through the Fentons’ museum, gift shop and factory-outlet store.

Jane Lew

Learn how they make lead-free, handmade crystal ware at Masterpiece Crystal Factory, a supplier of exquisite glasses for plush Las Vegas Casinos.

Milton

Since 1938, Blenko Glass has produce its signature, water bottles and other pieces, each artistically rendered from hand-blown glass. Take a Blenko tour to see the actual production process up-close.

Riding the Rails

West Virginia’s rail excursions take you away from the pressures of everyday life into the calm of the mountains to a kinder and, gentler time and place. The views ain’t too shabby, either.

Romney

Trace the southern branch of the Potomac River through a grand mountain valley on the truly unique Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. Expect to see wildflowers, thick forests, idyllic farmlands, and American bald eagles soaring overhead.

Huntington

The New River Train carries you into the New River Gorge, sometimes referred to as “The Grand Canyon of the East. During the ride, you’ll see the Kanawha and New Rivers, the city of Charleston, the State Capitol building, rushing waterfalls and old coal mining towns. There’s even a street fair with arts, crafts and snacks in the town of Hinton, at the train’s final destination.

Cass

The Cass Scenic Railroad offers unforgettable rides on Shay-type steam-driven locomotives reminiscent of West Virginia’s early 20th century lumbering days. Along the way, you’ll catch views of Leatherback Creek, Whittaker Station’s re-created 1940s logging camp, and Bald Knob, West Virginia’s second tallest point.

Durbin

The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad transports passengers back in time on a small town train journey through bridges and tunnels past 100 miles of wild and wonderful panoramas.

For more information, contact (800)CALL-WVA; www.callwva.com