Featured Trips Types:

  • All Featured Trips
  • Scenic Drives
  • Outdoor Escapes
  • Family Road Trips
  • Movie Filming Locations
  • 48 Hour City Guides
  • Classic USA Road Trips
  • National Parks Trips & Tips
  • Weird Guides
  • Interstate Highway Exit Guides
  • Ghost Guides
  • Full Metal History
  • Plan Your Island Escape to Georgia's Golden Isles
Clear All

Accommodation Types:

  • All Accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfasts & Inns
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Holiday Inn
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Unique Stays

FastBook

Look for FastBook for quick links to
your favorite booking sites

Clear All

Attractions & Culture Types:

  • All Attractions & Culture
  • Amusement Parks
  • Children's Attractions
  • Fall Attractions
  • Museums
  • Offbeat Attractions
  • Top Attractions
  • Tours & Excursions
  • Winter Attractions
  • Zoos & Aquariums
Viator
Look for the icon to book the best
tours and activities nearby.
Clear All

Food & Drink Types:

  • All Food & Drink
  • Bars & Drinks
  • Burgers & BBQ
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Delis & Bakeries
  • Diners & Breakfast Spots
  • Ice Cream & Sweets
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian & Health Food
  • Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries
Clear All

Outdoors & Recreation Types:

  • All Outdoors & Recreation
  • Beaches
  • Fall Foliage
  • Geographical Areas
  • Geographical Features
  • National Parks
  • Nature Reserves
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Scenic Point
  • Swimming Spots
  • Trails & Hikes
Clear All

Points of Interest Types:

  • All Points of Interest
  • Abandoned
  • Architecture
  • College Icons
  • Film & TV
  • Historic
  • Holiday Lights
  • Literature
  • Military
  • Monuments
  • Photo Op
  • Planes, Trains, Autos
  • Public Art
  • Science & Tech
  • Spooky Places
Clear All

Vacation Rentals Types:

  • All Vacation Rentals
  • HomeAway
  • Vacation Rentals

We’ve partnered with HomeAway to find you the perfect vacation rental.

Clear All

Camping & RV Types:

  • All Camping & RV
  • Cottages & Cabins
  • KOA Campgrounds
  • RV Parks
  • Tent Campgrounds
Clear All

Entertainment & Nightlife Types:

  • All Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Art Galleries
  • Casinos & Gaming
  • Cinemas
  • Games & Amusements
  • Music
  • Nightlife
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Theaters
Clear All

Services Types:

  • All Services
  • ATMs
  • Auto Services
  • Gas/Fuel Stations
  • Rest Areas
  • Tourist Information
  • Transportation
  • Vehicle Rental
Clear All

Shopping Types:

  • All Shopping
  • Antiques
  • Books & Music
  • Crafts & Handmade
  • General Goods
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • Groceries
  • Malls & Shopping Areas
  • Quirky Shops
  • Thrift & Flea
Clear All

Sports Types:

  • All Sports
  • Adventure Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Sports
  • Fishing & Hunting
  • Golf
  • Gyms & Fitness
  • Skate & Surf Spots
  • Stadiums
  • Water Sports
  • Winter Sports
Clear All

Motoring Types:

  • All Motoring
  • Automotive Attractions
  • Off-Road Trails
  • Racetracks
  • Scenic Drives
Clear All
  • Trip
  • Places I've Been
  • My Saved Places
  • Collection
  • Featured Trips
  • Accommodation
  • Attractions & Culture
  • Food & Drink
  • Outdoors & Recreation
  • Points of Interest
  • Vacation Rentals
  • Camping & RV
  • Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Services
  • Shopping
  • Sports
  • Motoring
  • DON'T FORGET TO SAVE YOUR TRIP. CLICK HERE.

0 Layers

A secret bomb shelter's below the historic Greenbrier Resort

A fascinating piece of Cold War history hidden below...

  • 3

Created by Tatiana Danger - February 14th 2017

The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia has it all-- a spa, a famed golf course, a casino, laser tag, stunning scenery, and a secret emergency relocation bunker for Congress in the event of a nuclear Holocaust. And the best part? You can tour part of the massive underground complex today-- after your massage, that is.

The Greenbrier
4.4

300 W Main St, White Sulphur Springs, WV, US

The Greenbrier

FastBook
$$$

Click to find a
great deal for this hotel

The property that the hotel sits on has been used for its healing mineral hot springs since before Columbus arrived. By the mid-19th century, a hotel was built on the property. Famous guests to the Greenbrier include Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Indira Gandhi, multiple Presidents and various Kennedys. But that's not the coolest part of the resort-- that honor is reserved for the ginormous bomb shelter they kept hidden until recently.

Construction on The Greenbrier Nuclear Bunker began in 1958 and by the time it was completed in 1961, it was a whopping 112,544 square foot complex built into the hill and below the West Virginia Wing, which was being built at the same time. Clever! It contained decontamination chambers, 18 dorms that held a total of over 1,000 people, a power plant with water purification systems, a TV production room and audio equipment, a hospital with 12 beds, a laboratory, a pharmacy, a cafeteria, and meeting rooms for the House of Representatives and the Senate. It was staffed by a group of government employees under the guise of "Forsythe Associates", a fake audio/visual support company.

Lost World Caverns
4.3

907, Lost World Rd, Lewisburg, WV, US

Lost World Caverns

While you're in the area, check out another subterranean wonder at the Lost World Caverns. In fact, the entire town of Lewisburg is something of a hidden gem. There's a few lovely historic inns to stay at and several really nice restaurants and cafes, as well as a cute little antique district.

Humpback Covered Bridge
4.5

Humpback Bridge Wayside, Rumsey Rd, Covington, VA, US

Humpback Covered Bridge

There's also the Humpback Covered Bridge nearby, which is a fascinating bit of architecture, and makes for an amazing photo op, and a lovely spot for a picnic.

No one ever actually used the nuclear bomb shelter, not even during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but the whole thing (which was nicknamed "Project Greek Island") was kept staffed and stocked, yet remained a well-guarded secret for almost three decades until 1992. That was when a Washington Post article revealed the existence of the facility. It was immediately decommissioned and the Greenbrier quickly repurposed the space as data storage and opening parts of it up for tours. It's nice to know that the bunker is there... just in case.

Tatiana Danger

Roadtrippers co-founder. When I grow up I'm going to be Indiana Jones. Current Status: Mom to Bruce. Hit me up on Facebook & Twitters for crazy, awesome, weird stuff.