One of West Virginia's best-preserved gems is Harpers Ferry National Historical Park: when we say that it has something for everyone, we really mean it. From quaint shops to educational museums to breathtaking hikes for the outdoorsy, it's bustling with plenty of things to see and do. And, it's only a short 50 miles from Washington, DC!

The history of the town is one of the main reasons it has been preserved as a National Historic Park: it was the site of John Brown's infamous failed abolitionist uprising and some events during the Civil War, and was home to a massive armory for many years, as well as one of the country's first intregrated colleges. As you stroll around town, explore museums, historic homes, restored shops, and tons more.

Harpers Ferry is also well-known for being so beautiful. In fact, Thomas Jefferson declared that " "The passage of the Potomac through the Blue Ridge is perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in Nature," after visiting the region in the late 18th century. You can find miles of hiking trails in the park. In fact, the Appalachian Trail runs right through the center of town! One of the best viewpoints in the whole park is Jefferson Rock , which is well worth the trek up.

Head to Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, where history meets beauty!

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