Spotlight: West Virginia

The state full of mystery, wonder and surprise. A remote, placid lake. A world-class trout stream. A luxury cabin in the mountains. In West Virginia, you'll feel far away from everything. A state for all seasons, West Virginia never fails to impress, whether it's drenched in summer sunshine or decked out in the rich hues of fall. And after a long, cold winter, nothing invigorates, renews and restores like a springtime visit to West Virginia. Its rugged and rolling landscape is a breath-taking backdrop and opportunity for unforgettable outdoor adventure. Do it all in this perfectly located state, just a stone's throw from the nation's Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.


The Mountain State

Major airports:
Yeager/Charleston Airport (CRW)
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Spring: 2°C to 14°C
Summer: 19°C to 30°C
Autumn: 7°C to 20°C
Winter: -3°C to 6°C

Eastern Time (-5 hours GMT)


Getting around

The best way to see West Virginia is by rental car, as the state is generally lacking in state-wide public transportation and has plenty of country roads to explore, where you will find the best scenery and remote towns. There are also several scenic train lines, if you want to view some of West Virginia's picturesque landscapes from the comfort of an excursion train.

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The West Virginia Tourism Office has unveiled the top 155 ways to see, explore and experience summer in West Virginia. These summertime musts were compiled from user-generated social content leading up to West Virginia's 155th birthday on the 20th June. To see who's featured in the top 155, click here.

Visitors can now walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and other African American activists, thanks to the launch of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. West Virginia's importance to the Civil Rights Movement began long before the 1950s. Discover Harpers Ferry, the setting of several climactic events from the 1850s-60s that helped shape the country's civil rights narrative. In Charleston and Huntington, visit the homes of two civil rights heroines – Elizabeth Harden Gilmore and Memphis Tennessee Garrison.

Cabin Fever Craft Beer Festival is West Virginia's annual indoor winter event featuring brews from around the Mountain State. It takes place every February in Morgantown at Mylan Park. Cabin Fever exclusively offers only beer brewed in West Virginia and is a great way to sample the best offerings from the newest small batch breweries from all over the state.

Fun fact: October's Bridge Day is the largest single-day festival event in West Virginia, where thousands of spectators watch BASE jumpers parachute off the New River Gorge Bridge.

Must see

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park: It may be small, but the town of Harpers Ferry played a big role in the Civil War as the site of John Brown's raid on the national arsenal. Recount that history through the park's museums and exhibits, or explore it yourself on the 32 kilometres of trails.

Green Bank Telescope, Pocahontas County: Eastern West Virginia is home to nation's largest "quiet zone", where the Green Bank Telescope, the world's largest fully steerable radio telescope picks up radio transmissions from outer space. Visit the science centre here to learn what makes this unique facility tick.

Seneca Caverns, Riverton: Plunge 50 metres below earth on a tour of these ancient cavers, whose largest chamber measures eighteen metres in some areas. Inside you'll find steps down a well-lit path into a dazzling example of limestone formation.

Summersville Lake, Nicholas country: This lake's turquoise water earned it the nickname 'Little Bahamas of the East', but it's the world-class white-water on the Gauley River here that draws the crowds. Fish, boat, scuba dive or hike the sandstone cliffs.

Paddling West Virginia's classic white-water river: The New River is the classic collection of white-water runs that built West Virginia's white-water rafting industry. It runs all the way from early spring through summer and fall, and each season is a unique ride.

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