Home to a World Wonder, cutting edge wine trail, adventure and living history, Niagara USA is the place for all generations of the family to get an up close and powerful experience they’ll never forget.

Cruise from the United States border of the Niagara River to the cascading waters of the Horseshoe Falls. View the American and Bridal Veil Falls en route and be able to say that you took a voyage on the iconic Maid of the Mist.

Keep your poncho on and take an elevator down to the Cave of the Winds. Hike back up through a series of staircases and stop on the Hurricane Deck for a drenching under the same waterfalls you just viewed from the ferryboat. Don’t forget to take a wild adventure in Class V rapids in a jet boat.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine journeys deep into the earth and far back in time. The Exhibition Coal Mine is the largest and most popular coal heritage destination in the region.

Your tour will begin with a visit to the extensive collection of mining artifacts and tools, geological specimens, photographs and other features of early life among the coal mining towns of southern West Virginia.

The main attraction is an actual tour that takes visitors below ground, under the supervision of an experienced coal miner. Traveling 1,500 feet beneath the hillsides of New River Park, you’ll be carried along tracks - riding authentic “man cars” from the mine entrance - to old working areas of the coal mine.

 

Tours operate from April 1 through November 1. Bring a jacket; the mine is always 58 degrees!

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine
513 Ewart Avenue
Beckley, WV 25801

304-256-1747
www.beckley.org

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There’s a peaceful quiet in the outdoors. Yes, sometimes there is welcomed noise from kids riding bicycles, birds chirping, or the clang of a horseshoe hitting a peg, but for the most part, West Virginia’s state parks offer a respite in a world ever-changing and in fast forward.

Forty-nine areas make up the West Virginia State Park system. Ten of the 49 areas have lodges and restaurants, five of those with championship golf courses, and some with cabins and campgrounds. These are open year-round and are called: Pipestem, Twin Falls, Stonewall, Cacapon and Stonewall resorts; Chief Logan Lodge; Blackwater Falls, Hawks Nest, North Bend and Tygart Lake state parks. Each of these areas has unique character.

Pipestem
There are two lodges and two golf courses, but the real Pipestem is scenic and outdoor oriented. Hiking trails are great. There is horseback riding and seasonal fly-fishing packages are available. The campground is popular, as well as, the summer amphitheater. You can experience: five restaurants, RC racetrack, disc golf, swimming, bird watching and more, upon your stay here. Find yourself at Pipestem, www.pipestemresort.com.

Twin Falls and Blackwater Falls
Twin Falls is in the southern part of the Mountain State. Blackwater Falls is in the Potomac Highlands and near four-season, Canaan Valley. Both parks have experienced lodging expansions in the past few years. The Twin Falls Lodge addition is impressive. Blackwater Falls’ new cabins, all four-bedroom and upscale, are in high demand. With ‘falls’ in the park names, you can expect water features. While at Twin Falls, cascades are more seasonal; Blackwater Falls is nationally recognized. Fall in love with these parks at ww.blackwaterfalls.com or www.twinfallsresort.com.

North Bend
If you go around the bend, you’ll come back again after a stay-over at this family-oriented state park. Near the North Bend Rail Trail and a 305-acre lake, this park is a short drive to Blennerhassett Island. The lodge, cabins and campgrounds are good. The food is excellent. This park has perhaps the largest list of weekend packages, events and discounts, in WV’s state park system. Learn more at www.northbendsp.com.

Cacapon and Hawks Nest
Cacapon, in West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, is closer to the nation’s capitol than WV’s state capitol, while Hawks Nest in contrast, is nearer to Charleston WV. Both parks have outstanding overlooks and views. The observation deck at Cacapon looks out and across four different states. Hawks Nest’s overlook remains an iconic view of New River gorge.

It is a safe assumption that every state park and state forest in West Virginia has a personality. There is a loyal patronage to many parks. Folks that stop at brochure racks at West Virginia’s welcome centers tend to start at ‘Audra’ and go down the line, pointing and saying ‘been there, been there, love this place, been there…’ and so on. Favorite ‘been there’s’ include: Beartown, Droop Mountain, Blackwater Falls, Cedar Creek, Beech Fork and others. ‘Love this place’ parks, include: Holly River, Watoga and Babcock, and always, Cass Scenic Railroad state parks.

Visit every chance you get.

www.wvstateparks.com

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If you’re planning a family vacation in Myrtle Beach this summer, you’ll find few oceanfront resort hotels that are more family friendly than the Coral Beach Resort & Suites, the Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort and the Holiday Inn – “At the Pavilion.”

The Coral Beach Resort & Suites just might be one of the most amenity-rich oceanfront resorts in Myrtle Beach. Boasting ten indoor and outdoor pools and water attractions, a lazy river, and a children’s water park, there’s water everywhere. The Coral Beach features the “Entertainment Zone,” an 8-lane AMF bowling alley, video game arcade and snack bar & grill. There’s an on-site restaurant serving a breakfast buffet, coffee shop featuring Starbucks products, poolside bar and grill, and a newly-renovated bar and lounge.

The Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort is known for its value-oriented combination of location and amenities. Centrally located, just a short walk to the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, the Sea Crest features nine indoor and outdoor pools and a children’s water park. The oceanfront pool bar & grill features live entertainment and a breakfast cafe serves Starbucks.

The Holiday Inn – “At the Pavilion” is located on the Boardwalk, steps away from the famous SkyWheel. There are dozens of restaurants and shops within a half-mile. The Holiday Inn – “At the Pavilion” features a free continental breakfast, fitness room, business center and popular poolside tiki bar.

Whatever your pleasure, when it comes to family vacations these three oceanfront resorts have everything you need to help make your visit to Myrtle Beach special.

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Getting a real bargain never grows old. Sea Mist has been blessed with multi-generations of families over the years and we look forward to hosting many more. Come wiggle your toes in the sand with us on our 15-acre oceanfront playground and enjoy the biggest and best bargains on the beach!

Sea Mist offers you Family Vacation Packages that include daily Amusement Park and Water Park Passes, miniature golf and much more for each person in the family! It’s one great price for an entire family of four. As far as lodging is concerned, the options are endless. There are over 750 units, with 50 different room types to choose from, making it convenient for any requirement and budget.

The resort amenities include: fun in the water, fun on the land, and great places to eat. We feature the area’s largest on-site Water Park with a three-story high tubular slide and a 670-foot long, 7-foot wide lazy river. We have multiple swimming pools: 2 indoor, 8 kiddie pools, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis and a 3,000 square foot oceanfront wading pool. Also included at our resort are: a huge arcade, multiple restaurants and snack shacks, a Quick Stop Grocery, fitness center, gift shop, a beachfront cabana, and special resort events that are FREE to Sea Mist guests.

Call 1.800.732.6478 or visit www.SeaMist.com to download your free vacation brochure or to request one by mail.

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One might think of a country remedy as dandelion sap for warts or green coriander leaves to reverse hair loss. We’re prescribing a healthy dose of rural Americana in Orleans County! Think of it as a sort of alternative therapy; home grown and soothing to the palate.

Here you can take a tonic of history at the Cobblestone Museum, the Medina Railroad Museum or the Oak Orchard Lighthouse. Or take a healing stroll along the Erie Canal towpath or through the verdant landscapes of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.

Add a tincture of nature with our Lake Ontario waters and you have world-class trout and salmon fishing at your rod tip. Sip down an antidote to your burdensome labors of the day at a unique B&B. It’ll do you good.

That’s the Orleans experience, a country remedy one spoonful at a time. Come, take your medicine.

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Canaan Valley Resort State Park offers an exciting array of outdoor activities throughout the year. Nestled snugly on a plateau overlooking the valley with sweeping views of the surrounding peaks, the newly renovated resort offers 160 new luxurious lodge rooms and fireplace suites, 23-cabins & cottages, 34-campsites, plus a variety of dining options and gift shops designed to facilitate a relaxing experience in the mountains of West Virginia.

Summer guests can spend the season utilizing the new sporting clays shooting range or take a ride on the Turtle Slide Tube Ride. An 18-hole championship golf course, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis, paintball, mini golf and scenic chairlift ride will entertain guest of all ages. The park features 18 miles of marked hiking and biking trails through woodlands, meadows, hills and streams, many of which are linked to the Monongahela National Forest. Discover the perfect place for bird watching, fishing, wildlife sightings and plant discoveries.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park
800-622-4121
www.canaanresort.com

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