as well. The Green Bank Observatory is located in the National Quiet Zone of the West Virginian mountains. Radio astronomers listen to the mysterious sounds of the universe. In other words, it uses radio waves to explore astronomy. You can take a tour and maybe hear the first extra-terrestrial communication.
History aficionados and children love a ride on the Cass Railroad in Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. You will see steam-driven locomotives, an authentic lumbering town with restaurants and gift shops.
Amazing Outdoor Activities
One of the most diverse ecological places in the country is the Monongahela National Forest. The trails take you through peaceful and secluded meadows and streams along with spectacular views of the mountains. There you will find whitewater rafting. Another place for outdoor adventure is the Greenbrier River Trail. It consists of 78 miles of mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding trails. It is rated as one of the top 10 hiking trails in the United States. You will cross 35 bridges and pass through two tunnels.
For water sports, there is Shaver’s Lake with kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing and boating. One activity only for adults is the Woods Escape Room at Snowshoe Mountain. It’s a challenging game of survival with monsters and other obstacles in the woods. Caving is another unique experience waiting for you in Snowshoe. The caves nearby are Bowden Cave, Lost World Caverns and New River Gorge Adventure Center.
Summer activities are fun, but Snowshoe does winter sport the best. With excellent powder, 57 trails, a 1,500-foot vertical drop on the one and a half mile Cupp Run, Snowshoe offers some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the eastern U.S.
Local restaurants and cafés serve comfort food at its best, including pizza, burgers and much more. Some favorites are Waffle Cabin, Appalachia Kitchen with healthy farm to table options and Foxfire Grille with live music. If you own a Snowshoe timeshare, you may have a fully equipped kitchen, so you can reduce your vacation costs even more by preparing some healthy meals at home.