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Under $100: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

by Katie Skrzek

Jan 7, 2021

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Under $100 / North America

The quaint town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, is a great place for history buffs to visit. The town features numerous historic landmarks, plus plenty of other cultural attractions, outdoor activities and dining options. Plan your visit for less than $100 a day.


Grab breakfast at Battle Grounds Bakery & Coffee. The charming shop offers a variety of specialty coffees and pastries, plus breakfast sandwiches with vegetarian options. Spend about $10. After fueling up with breakfast, walk the trails of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. There are trails from easy to strenuous, so check trail maps ahead of your visit.


Have lunch at The Canal House Café. Located in an 1820s former home, the family-run restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, burgers and pasta. Entrées start around $11. Open Friday–Monday, Harpers Ferry is designated a National Historic District. Learn more about the history of the town at John Brown Wax Museum. Here, visitors learn about the abolitionist’s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. The museum is open seven days a week April–November. Adult admission costs $7.


Spend some time browsing the shops on Washington Street before enjoying dinner at Hamilton’s Tavern 1840. Popular among locals and tourists, the restaurant offers an eclectic menu of classic American dishes and international fare. Entrées start around $20. Grab a nightcap at The Barn of Harpers Ferry. The bar and event space features a full bar, plus local craft beers on tap. The bar also hosts live music and is open Wednesday–Sunday.


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