3:00 p.m. Check into The Inn at Snowshoe offering standard
double units located at the base of Snowshoe
Head to the top of Snowshoe Mountain and
enjoy an open air dinner outside of the Mountain
Lodge, where your back
drop will be beautiful
7:00 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment at the top of Snowshoe
Mountain. From bluegrass to jazz there is always
tainment awaiting your group.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Inn at Snowshoe
8:30 a.m. Depart Snowshoe for tour of the Pearl S. Buck
9:30 a.m. L
ocated in the beautiful and historic “Little
Levels” of Pocahontas County, the birthplace of
Pearl S. Buck, stands in loving memory of the
woman who helped shape the 20th century
through her writing. Built in 1857, the house
serves as a museum with the original family
furniture and other personal belongings.
Knowledgeable guides will meet you and give
you a thorough tour.
11:00 a.m. Depart for the National Radio Astronomy
Observatory in Green Bank, WV.
12:30 a.m. NRAO’s Green Bank Science Center is a new,
acility designed to inform and expand
guest’s understanding of radio astronomy. The
Green Bank Science Center off
ers several options
for groups to enhance their tour, and can develop
an itinerary to suit any group size, interest level
and time frame. The tour includes lunch at the
Starlight Café located in the Green Bank
Depart the Green Bank Science Center leaving
for Durbin, WV.
3:00 p.m. Arrive in historic Durbin, WV where your group
will have the oppor
tunity to ride and experience
one of the rarest steam locomotives in existence.
The Durbin Rocket Excursion Train is powered by
a rare steam locomotive; Old #3, one of only
three operating Climax geared logging locomotives
on earth. You can ride in the authentic 1920-era
coach and vintage wooden cabooses behind #3
as she puffs and whistles her way along the
free-flowing Greenbrier River, your ride will cover
10.5 miles in 2 hours and offers many beautiful
river and mountain views in the Monongahela
Depart Durbin, WV for dinner atop Snowshoe
Your final evening in Nature’s Mountain
Playground will be spent atop Snowshoe
Mountain, enjoying a meal at The Junction, a
estaurant with a train theme to continue the
excitement from Durbin, dinner will be followed
by music from a local bluegrass group.
8:00 a.m. Breakfast at the Inn at Snowshoe, included in
9:00 a.m. Depart for Cass Scenic Railroad State Park for a
rail excursion that will transport your gr
in time… and let them relive the era of steam-
driven locomotives. The trip to Cass will be filled
with a rich history of the past, and a close-up
encounter with the sights and sounds of original
steam-driven locomotives. The trip will include a
bag lunched which will be enjoyed at Whittaker
Station before re-boarding the train and return-
ing to Cass.
2:00 p.m. Return to the town of Cass and enjoy the
relatively unchanged and r
estored buildings that
add to the charm and atmosphere, including the
company store gift shop.
3:00 p.m. Visit the Pocahontas County Artisan Co-op for a
live demonstration by one of Pocahontas
County’s very own artisans.
4:30 p.m. Depart for Marlinton, WV and the Pocahontas
ounty Opera House.
5:00 p.m. Dinner and a show at the Pocahontas County
Opera House. This evening’s entertainment will
take place in the refurbished Pocahontas County
Opera House built in 1909. The venue provides a
ful atmosphere as the group relaxes from
a fun filled day.
7:00 p.m. Return to the Inn at Snowshoe.
7:00 a.m. Depart for the Greenbrier Grille in Marlinton, WV
where you will enjoy breakfast and a beautiful
view of the Greenbrier River.
8:30 a.m. Depart Nature’s Mountain Playground f
or a fun
filled day at The Greenbrier, including lunch at
Sam Snead’s and a tour of the famous cold
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West
Virginia is a national facility devoted to radio astr
onomy, and home to the
world's largest fully steerable radio telescope - the Robert C. Byrd Green
Bank Telescope. Nestled in the West Virginia mountains, this technological
marvel rises from the valley floor to a height of 485 feet, weighs 17 million
pounds and sports a reflector 2.3 acres in area. Astronomers from around
the world use the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) to investigate the cosmos.
Open to the public year round, the Green Bank Science Center is the NRAO's
learning center for casual visitors, motor coach groups and student field
trips. Adding the NRAO to your itinerary offers a great way to enrich fall
foliage tours and train excursion packages. The Green Bank Science Center
staff will custom design tours from 1.5 hours to half a day to fit, any itinerary.
Green Bank Science Center Group Tour includes:
• Introduction to Radio Astronomy & Site Tour - including a stop at the GBT!
$2 fee per person to guarantee motor coach tours plus 2 comps per coach
• Enrichment Activities
• Hands-On Exhibit Hall
• Galaxy Gift Shop and Starlight Cafe - group meals available
• Large modern restrooms
Complimenting your NRAO experience is the natural wonder surrounding the
site, Pocahontas County, WV. Explore the unique variety of nearby educational,
historical, and natural attractions, to round out your enrichment tour itinerary.
Lifelong learners, active adults, multi-generational, and students groups will
have lasting memories of the quality time spent visiting the mountains of
To book your NRAO group tour contact:
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
P.O. Box 2
Green Bank, WV 24944-0002
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of
the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative
agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
PERMIT NO. 1
4 Day Sample Itinerary
featuring NRAO, Cass Scenic Railroad, and Snowshoe Mountain Resort
To have a trained step-on guide join you at any point
during your visit simply call Abbey Withrow at the
ocahontas County CVB, 800-336-7009 for rates and