West Virginia – the Mountain State – is home to spirited small towns, undiscovered hidden gems, spectacular locales, fun things to do, and world-class outdoor adventures. Let country roads lead you to a place you've been longing for. A place you didn't know you needed. From the mountainous backcountry to historical byways, there’s a scenic drive to suit every preference. Everywhere you look, you’ll see beauty: from the rich, rolling farmlands to the wildflower-filled valleys and quaint mountain towns.
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is America’s newest national park and is a sight to see, with over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, which ironically is one of the oldest rivers in the world. Offering an overwhelming abundance of natural beauty and outdoor activities, be sure to include a visit in your itinerary. In West Virginia, you can really get back to the basics and marvel at the natural beauty of a dark sky. This state is home to dazzling stargazing spots with some of the clearest night skies east of the Mississippi.
Adventure lovers take note: there is SO much to do when it comes to the thrill. The fact that West Virginia is home to the highest density of whitewater runs in the country should say it all. There’s plenty of other outdoor activities too: from off-roading, fishing, hiking, biking, hunting, horseback riding, climbing, watersports, skiing, snowboarding and even snowtubing… the list is endless! But if relaxation is what you’re after, in West Virginia, you can soak in warm, natural springs, pamper yourself at a renowned mineral spa or experience tranquillity in a salt cave.
Take a stroll down picturesque streets and browse the charming storefronts – you’re bound to find a keepsake you won’t find anywhere else. West Virginia has its own unique Appalachian musical sound – with influences like folk, bluegrass, African, Celtic, blues, gospel, and more. No matter where you look, you’ll find unique venues, festivals, events, and even informal pickin’ circles where you might be asked to strum along!
Rich, indulgent dishes are signatures of West Virginia’s deep mountain flavour. Take a sip at one of the state’s many distilleries, wineries, and craft breweries, while soaking in the view. Sample authentic moonshine from a place touted as one of the birthplaces of the once-illicit liquor. West Virginia has the highest percentage of family-owned farms in the nation, so its farmers’ markets offer some of the freshest and most varied produce selections around.
Escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of city life to a place that feels like home. Here, small towns welcome you and wide open spaces invite you to make lasting memories. Make a trip to West Virginia and you’ll soon discover why John Denver famously dubbed the state “Almost Heaven.”
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