Welcome to Morgantown, WV

Home of West Virginia University

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Morgantown. Where The Gold Rush is still alive and well.

Home of West Virginia University and situated on the snaking Monongahela River, the verdant municipality of Morgantown, W.Va. boasts Appalachian culture and a zeal for college football. A melting pot of cultures and descendants of the immigrants who first mined coal in this region, Morgantown is considered one of the best small towns in America and a favorite destination among fans.

Where to stay

Set against a scenic tree-filled panorama, Euro Suites Hotel provides a boutique hotel experience a mere mile from the stadium. The Clarion Hotel is a favorite not only for its convenience factor, but also for its significance as a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. You can also head to the Waterfront Place Hotel for a relaxing, worry-free experience even in the midst of the game day craze.

Where to eat/drink

Pregame tailgating is great fun at The Sports Bar. Crazy good burritos and twists on simple ethnic dishes (with vegetarian options, even) abound at local favorite, Black Beer Burritos, also an especially good option if you need decent, easy-to-grab food to take on the road. Head to Morgantown Brewing Company, West Virginia's oldest operating brewery, to sample one of its many types of ale as you sit outside on the deck soaking up the view. If you're in the mood for a nice sit down meal after a day of sightseeing, go to Madeleine's, which serves fresh American bistro classics with a hint of French influence.

Game day tips

Find free parking at the West Virginia University Coliseum at the corner of Monongahela and Patteson. From there, a shuttle will take you to the game for a mere $4 per person.

What to do

What to do

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West Virgina DNR

In the epicenter of "Mountaineer Country" you can find an eclectic mingling of activities, many of which appeal to the more outdoorsy types. Explore the recreation of a 1774 log fort at Prickett's Fort State Park, watching staff act out the lives of an 18th-century village, from the work of a blacksmith shop to managing livestock. Walk the 36-acre urban Krepps Park or venture to Coopers Rock State Park, where the popular Henry Clay Iron Furnace Trail ends at an imposing stone structure that was used for producing iron in the 1800s. The area boasts a total of seven golf courses and you can even attempt to play 36 holes of championship golf like the greats at Lakeview Gold Resort. Discover beautiful historic architecture by taking in the Metropolitan Theatre then strolling across the West Virginia University campus downtown, where at least ten of the buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more of an adrenaline rush, ride the roiling whitewater rapids at Cheat River. The folks at Cheat River Outfitters can get you set up with the best trip for your level, time commitment and budget.

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