West Virginia is, surprisingly, one of the least visited states in the nation, which is good news for travelers who come here to find adventure in its beautiful wilderness and historic towns. Roam through beautiful countryside free from crowds of tourists and embrace the serenity and welcome of the “Mountain State.”
Stroll around Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to learn about the history of West Virginia. Here you can explore museums and visit the location of an abolitionist raid that exacerbated pre-Civil War tensions.
Feel the spirit of adventure in West Virginia’s state parks and areas of natural beauty. New River Gorge, famed for its stunning iron bridge, and Blackwater Falls State Park offer miles of hiking trails as well as rafting, zip lining and biking opportunities. New River Gorge is particularly popular with rock climbers. Take a trip underground in Seneca Caverns on a walking tour of the breathtaking geological formations.
Return to West Virginia in winter for snow sports in the mountains. Canaan Valley Resort, Snowshoe and Ghent are just a few of the destinations that offer skiing, tubing and sledging.
West Virginia promises more than thrilling adventure, however, and its scenic beauty can also lead to relaxing vacations. Tee off in mountainous golf courses with fairways surrounded by panoramic views. Pamper yourself at natural springs in the mountains, such as in Berkeley Springs State Park, where geothermically heated water led to the formation of a charming spa town.
After spending all this time outdoors, head to the capital city of Charleston to visit its sights and museums. The impressive State Capitol towers at 300 feet (91 meters) over the Kanawha River. Take your family to the Avampato Discovery Museum for interactive engagement with science or learn about the African-American experience at the Heritage Towers Museum and Culture Center.
Charleston is also the easiest way into the state, as it hosts busy Yeager Airport. Come to West Virginia in spring, considered by many to be the most beautiful month, as the forests come into multicolored bloom across the region.