Those who fly to Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) will find themselves at the Gateway to Southern West Virginia . This is the motto of Beckley, site of the region's public-use airport and the seat of Raleigh County. Historically, Beckley has been known for its coalmines and shops along the brick-paved Main Street. Today, the community has become even more notable as the home of Tamarack, a modern arts and crafts facility showcasing "The Best of West Virginia."
Located just off the West Virginia Turnpike, Tamarack attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year. Visitors will find fine arts, jewelry, pottery, specialty food items and more beneath its signature red-peaked roof. To learn more about West Virginia's history in coal mining, check out the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine at New River Park. Daily mine tours offer guests a chance to explore 1,500 feet underground in real mining cars. Those who visit during the snowy seasons can hit the slopes at Winterplace Ski Resort, which is about a 25-minute drive south in Ghent.
Visitors who fly to BKW can enjoy a small, uncrowded aviation facility. Guests who wish to visit the rest of the state will find an Amtrak station about 30 minutes northeast of Beckley. The state capital of Charleston is also easily accessible via the I-77 turnpike, which crosses just west of the city's center.
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