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    Starting Point: Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, West Virginia

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    A Drive on the Highland Scenic Highway, West Virginia

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    Mountain High: New River Gorge

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    Historic Luxury at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs

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    A Perfect Send-off: Shenandoah National Park

Mountain biking in West Virginia
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National Parks and Aerial Adventures in West Virginia and Virginia

  • Route distance:
    1,233 km
  • Suggested Time:
    1-2 weeks

Fresh air, green trees, blue skies and a break from the daily grind

Are you dreaming of an escape to the great outdoors, paired with exciting adventures and awe-inspiring heights? This itinerary is a week of no worries, no pressure and nothing to do except reclaim your sense of discovery. West Virginia’s and Virginia's outdoors are lush, green and often untouched, embodying some of the most beautiful areas of the ancient Appalachian Mountains.

Aerial view of Harpers Ferry
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Starting Point: Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry is an hour from Dulles International Airport (IAD), where you can pick up a rental car to start your journey. Sitting at the junction of thee states – West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland – Harpers Ferry is renowned for its stunning natural beauty and preserved historical sites contained within Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Step back more than 150 years as you visit the site of a failed slave uprising at John Brown’s Fort, take a picture near Jefferson Rock where Thomas Jefferson looked out over the Potomac River in 1783, and explore historic structures such as the 1775 Harper House and the ruins of the 1851 St. John’s Episcopal Church. Take a ranger-guided hike or explore 32 kilometers of scenic trails on your own – Harpers Ferry marks the midway point along the Appalachian Trail. Be sure to get a selfie at The Point, where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers converge and three U.S. states meet. In adjacent Shepherdstown, local outfitters offer an array of outdoor activities: ropes courses, zipline canopy tours, whitewater rafting and tubing, aerial adventure parks, mountain biking and more. Camp overnight or splurge on cozy accommodations – you have a long, lovely drive ahead of you.  

140 km
1.75 hours by car