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Going to Lansing

Philadelphia...
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Going to Lansing

We heard that Lansing is the best place for beginners to go Whitewater rafting. We are flying from Philadelphia and will be there for 4 nights and 5 days. Does anyone have suggestions on a proposed itinerary? Are there other places to visit while we are there? We love to be outdoors so skies the limit.

Philadelphia...
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1. Re: Going to Lansing

We are also looking to find out the best place to fly into from Philadelphia.

Wv
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for West Virginia
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2. Re: Going to Lansing

Charleston, WV is the closest airport. It is an easy drive from there...less than an hour and a half.

Wv
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for West Virginia
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3. Re: Going to Lansing

Tickets to Charleston run maybe $178 before taxes & fees. You can fly into Pittsburgh for about $120 but it is a 4 hour drive...easy 4-lane but don't think it is worth the savings.

You will want to make sure you visit the New River Gorge Bridge area. At the park you can take a trail that will have you looking down on the bridge, and another(with LOTS of stairs) that has 2 viewing areas below the bridge.

http://www.nps.gov/neri/index.htm

You probably would like to go to Hawks Nest State Park as well. http://www.hawksnestsp.com/

A little less than 30 miles away is Beckley. They have a wonderful arts center with WV made crafts called Tamarack...It's fun to look even if you don't buy anything.

http://www.tamarackwv.com/

Beckley also has the Exibition Coal Mine, so if you've wondered what a coal mine is like, it is definitely worth the trip. At the coal mine they also have a Youth Museum. There are also miner's homes to explore.

http://www.hawksnestsp.com/

Not far from there is Grand View area and Theatre where they perform outdoor dramas.

www.newriverwv.com/gallery/Grandview_Park

Honey in the Rock is about the formation of WV and Hatfields & McCoys is about the famous family feud. They have other shows now as well.

http://www.theatrewestvirginia.com/

Have a great visit.

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4. Re: Going to Lansing

If young kids are part of plans you might go with upper New River. Lower New and Gauley Rivers are ok for adult beginners. Upper New is tame enough for kids.

Going with a full service outfitter like Ace Adventure or one of the others you would have wide variety of outdoor activities for your itenerary. Bikiing, zip-lines, horseback riding, biking.......Could fill two days of your four day stay no problem.

I realize there's different strokes for different folks when it comes to traveling. Have you considered driving vs flying? Many times when comparing doorway to destination, driving vs flying, you're not saving as much time as you might think.

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