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FairmontUnited States of America

Close to renowned covered bridges and defined by its frontier history, the “Friendliest Town in America” feels a little bit like a step back in time.

Located in northern West Virginia, Fairmont exudes small-town charm and laid-back appeal that have earned it the nickname, the “Friendliest Town in America.”

The history of Fairmont is evident in many aspects of the modern town, especially at Prickett’s Fort State Park. Providing a snapshot of the early Frontier Era, the park includes a reconstruction of Prickett’s Fort, which was built by English settlers for protection from attacks by Native Americans. Step into homes and shops to see actors re-enact life on the frontier, dressed in period attire to maintain authenticity. Browse through the museum before you leave.

Learn more local history at the West Virginia Folklife Center. Organized by the Fairmont State University, the center hosts rotating exhibits that showcase the region’s cultural heritage. It also serves as a local entertainment venue.

Explore Fairmont’s downtown area, which is located on the banks of the Monongahela River. Small boutiques, bakeries, cafés and galleries fill the quaint centuries-old architecture that lines Main Street, making it an ideal place to spend the afternoon.

Drive 10 miles (15 kilometers) outside the town center and spend the afternoon at Valley Falls State Park. It offers miles of hiking and biking trails that weave around Tygart Valley River and its waterfalls.

Fairmont is also known for its close proximity to nine of the state’s renowned covered bridges. Beautifully preserved, the bridges provide an ideal photo opportunity during the autumn months when the leaves are changing color. Visitors and locals often spend a day driving down the country roads of Marion County to photograph the historic structures. Barrackville Covered Bridge, built in 1853, serves as a statewide landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fairmont is conveniently located along Interstate 79. The closest international airport is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 95 miles (150 kilometers) north.

Top Hotels in Fairmont

Hampton Inn Fairmont
Hampton Inn Fairmont
2.5 out of 5
2121 Pleasant Valley Road, Fairmont, WV
The price is $76 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated in Fairmont, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Heston Farm Winery, Fairmont State University, and Fairmont General Hospital. Pricketts Fort State ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (298 reviews)

"Nice facility, good quality. No issues other than someone on the third floor stomping."…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Hampton Inn Fairmont
Red Roof Inn Fairmont
Red Roof Inn Fairmont
2 out of 5
42 Spencer Drive, Whitehall, Fairmont, WV
The price is $51 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Heston Farm Winery, Fairmont State University, and Fairmont General Hospital. Pricketts Fort ...

3.8/5Good! (400 reviews)

"What a nice stay, only one night but comfortable and made for a great sleep."…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Red Roof Inn Fairmont
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
2 out of 5
930 East Grafton Road, Building B, Suburban, Fairmont, WV
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $48 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Situated in Fairmont, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Fairmont State University, Heston Farm Winery, and Fairmont General Hospital. Pricketts Fort State ...

3.9/5Good! (130 reviews)
quick overnight stay

"Quick overnight trip with a friend. Nice room for price. Included a warm take a way breakfast. No complaints."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Fairmont

Riverfront Home in the Mountains of Arden, West Virginia. Family & Pet Friendly
Riverfront Home in the Mountains of Arden, West Virginia. Family & Pet Friendly
Moatsville, WV

Nestled on the beach, this Moatsville vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tygart Lake State Park, Adaland Mansion, and Philippi Covered Bridge. Alderson ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Awesome vacation home!

"We loved this vacation property so much! We had such a great time here. The house is beautiful and clean with a gorgeous river view. There is so much space with the bedrooms to have space and it is also great for time together. We loved the river and our kids swam right there and also down the road ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

Riverfront Home in the Mountains of Arden, West Virginia. Family & Pet Friendly
Mountain Mama Escape
Mountain Mama Escape
Morgantown, WV

Located in Woodburn, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from West Virginia University and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Ruby Memorial Hospital. Mylan Puskar Stadium ...

Mountain Mama Escape
Riverfront Home in the Mountains of Arden, West Virginia. Family & Pet Friendly
Riverfront Home in the Mountains of Arden, West Virginia. Family & Pet Friendly
Moatsville, WV

Located in a rural location, this family-friendly vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tygart Lake State Park, Barbour County Historical Museum, and Adaland ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
We had a great time! The river is awesome and the house was a nice place to relax.

"Great place to stay and play! We all love playing in the water and it was nice to have the river right there with places to jump in just a few minutes drive down the road. We enjoyed the time spent together with family. We had 11 people and had plenty of room."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Riverfront Home in the Mountains of Arden, West Virginia. Family & Pet Friendly
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Fairmont

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
40
5 - Excellent 21.390374331550802%
4 - Good
96
4 - Good 51.336898395721924%
3 - Okay
42
3 - Okay 22.459893048128343%
2 - Disappointing
6
2 - Disappointing 3.2085561497326203%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 1.6042780748663101%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 9, 2020

Just passing through

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

The restaurant near the hotel Copper House Grille was full of locals that were all nice and talkative. Great place to eat too.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 2, 2019

none

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 13, 2019

It seems like a nice town!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 26, 2019

Beautiful unique city

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 12, 2019

It provided a place to sleep on my drive to DC

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