Day 1 – Elkins, West Virginia – Gandy Dancer Theater – Today we step aboard a deluxe motorcoach and travel to Elkins, West Virginia, where we check into our hotel for the next two nights. After check-in, we’re off for an unforgettable evening at the Gandy Dancer Theater. After a wonderful, included dinner, the fabulous Mountain Memories Show Band will entertain us with music from the 50’s to today, country, pop, gospel, and patriotic tunes and high energy, family comedy.
Day 2 – Durbin Rocket Train Ride – Green Bank Science Center – After an included breakfast, we board the Durbin Rocket, one of the rarest steam locomotives in existence. Built in 1910, the Durbin Rocket is powered by “Old #3” only one of three of its kind in the world. Today, she pulls 1920’s coaches and wooden cabooses as she puffs and whistles her way on a scenic 10-mile journey along the Greenbrier River. After an included lunch, we will visit the Green Bank Science Center, located within the 13,000-mile National Radio Quiet Zone. The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope stands 500 feet with a dish the size of a football field. Day and night, this state-of-theart radio telescope is used to observe asteroids, star formations, and more recently has been used to search for extraterrestrial life in the universe. Dinner is included this evening.
Day 3 – New River Gorge Bridge – Tamarack – Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine – We travel to beautiful Beckley, West Virginia today. En route we will stop at the New River Gorge Bridge and Visitor Center, one of the most photographed sites in West Virginia. This afternoon, we travel to Tamarack for shopping and lunch on our own. This unique retailer started out as a simple vision to promote the Mountain State’s wonderful image. You will find crafts and food from all over the Mountain State, including those from the famous five-star Greenbrier Resort. At the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, we take a ride in remodeled coal mining cars in this once-working coal mine. Our guide, a veteran miner, will share with us the stories and firsthand accounts of past and present day miners. We overnight in Beckley.
Day 4 – West Virginia State Museum – Home – After an included breakfast, we visit the West Virginia State Museum for a visit into the state’s history. Next, we travel home with memories and stories to tell our loved ones about our great adventure to beautiful West Virginia. Meals: 3B, 1L, 2D, Show: 1