Historic Harpers Ferry in West Virginia is a popular travel destination, combining history, nature, shopping and adventure. If you’re thinking of making the trip to this destination that’s not far from Washington, DC, don’t miss these top attractions.

#1 Appalachian Trail

Harpers Ferry rests on the mid-point of the over 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail and is home to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Take the time to enjoy nature, hiking part of the trail and enjoying the views.

#2 NPS Walking Tour

Another active way to learn about Harpers Ferry is by taking a guided tour through the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Guides share Civil War history and beyond, painting a picture of Harpers Ferry in the past. 

#3 Unusual Shops & Sweets

Harpers Ferry’s is home to a variety of unusual shops with a special focus on history. Stop by True Treats, where you can learn about the history of candy and satisfy your sweet tooth.

#3 River Riders Adventure Park

Just down the road, families can test their physical and mental strength at River Riders Adventure Park. Obstacle courses in the trees include zip lines, challenge brides and more for all ages.

Wherever you end up, enjoy the opportunities that stepping back in time at this well-preserved historic town can bring.

Watch this Travels with Darley West Virginia Adventures episode on Amazon Prime and PBS.