A travel guide to West Virginia, United States of America providing West Virginia tourism and travel information.
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Overview

West Virginia beckons visitors with the ruggedly scenic Allegheny Mountains, the Monongahela National Forest, a high concentration of interesting historic sites and fabulous scenic landscapes. The Monongahela National Forest is an enormous haven for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, spanning 909,000 acres. Popular activities here include skiing, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and river based pursuits. The state capital, Charleston, is situated in the southern part of the state and offers a charming historical southern atmosphere and unique shopping and dining.  The eastern part of the state offers the historic location of Harpers Ferry, and the recreational opportunities focused on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. The 18th century village of Harpers Ferry was destroyed by the Civil War, but has been restored to a living outdoor museum. Nearby Jefferson Rock offers an incredible view and a gateway to the Appalachian Trail. Bikers and hikers adore the Greenbrier Trail that winds through gorgeous hills and valleys toward the relaxing thermal waters of Berkeley Springs. Northern West Virginia features the famous 72-mile North Bend Trail, sprinkled with picturesque bridges and tunnels.

Charleston beckons visitors with plenty of big city attractions combined with a friendly, small town atmosphere. The state’s capital is just minutes away from a raging river and towering mountains perfect for a variety of adventure pursuits. Don’t miss the Capitol Complex building and grounds, and be sure to experience the scenic walking tour along the banks of the Kanawha River. West Virginia is world-renowned for its glass industry, see the best of the state’ art glass studios in Charleston. For evening entertainment, several local and touring theater and dance companies offer performances throughout the year. Charleston is home to West Virginia State College and the University of Charleston, and the university hub area boasts a sophisticated, intellectual atmosphere. Families with children will enjoy Sunrise Museum, a combined science and art museum housed in two magnificent antebellum mansions. Avampato Discovery Center provides hands-on science exhibits, art displays and a planetarium. Don’t miss Capitol Market downtown, an outdoor market featuring unique specialty shops and tempting eateries.

The Monongahela National Forest covers a large area of West Virginia and hosts several hundred miles of trails, 25 campgrounds, 90 percent of the state’s fishing waters and Spruce Knob, the highest summit in the state. The forest provides abundant opportunities for outdoor adventure with its rugged landscape including rocky outcroppings, bogs, marshes, and dense forest. The forest is home to five designated wilderness areas: Dolly Sods, Laurel Fork North and South, Otter Creek, and Cranberry. The headwaters of six major river systems are located here for a variety of river-based activities.


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