West Virginia Travel Guide

Browse 45 travel reviews, 27 travel blogs and 1,088 travel photos from real travelers to West Virginia.

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Originally part of the state of Virginia until it broke off during the American Civil War, West Virginia is a state full of natural resources, beauty, and a rich logging and coal-mining culture. Often known simply as “The Mountain State” due to the entire state being located in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia is home to such cities as Fairmont, Harpers Ferry, Huntington, and Wheeling, while at the same time boasting such resources as the Blackwater Falls State Park, the Monongahela National Forest, the Coal Heritage Route, the Midland Trail, and the Highland Scenic Highway. With its Civil War history, its majestic outdoors, and its quiet residents, West Virginia is one of those states that almost no one ever hears about, but once they’ve visited they just can’t stop talking about.

Along with the many skiing, rafting, fishing, hiking, and other outdoors opportunities available to visitors when they come to West Virginia, the state is also a treasure-trove of American Civil War references. The state was actually formed when it seceded from the Confederate state of Virginia, joining the Union on June 20th, 1863. Of particular note is Harpers Ferry, which was the sight of John Brown’s raid on the Armory in 1959, which is considered one of the major precursor events that sparked the Civil War. And while American history lovers will enjoy their time in the state, it is probably outdoor enthusiasts who have the most to gain from visiting West Virginia. There are six designated wilderness areas within the state, and literally dozens of national and state parks for people to explore. The forests are a mixture of hardwoods such as oak, beech, maple, and sycamore, while the overall mountains are made up of sandstone, shale, and coal beds, giving West Virginia an extremely rugged but exceptionally beautiful appeal, regardless of which season it is when you visit. All in all, for a mixture of American history and natural beauty, West Virginia is probably the United State’s best-kept secret.

Charleston #1 most popular location
Charleston is the captial city of West Virginia. It is also the largest city in West Virginia. It is home to the Yeager Airport.
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Morgantown #2 most popular location
Morgantown, home of West Virginia University, is the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia. It was founded in the 1760s by Zackquill Morgan, son of Morgan Morgan. Morgantown is…
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Lewisburg #3 most popular location
This small town of less than 4,000 population was begun early on but destroyed twice by natives, but finally established in 1782. A former mayor of Lewisburg was fond of saying, "Only two…
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Beckley #4 most popular location
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Martinsburg #5 most popular location
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Harpers Ferry #6 most popular location
Harpers Ferry is a historic town in Jefferson County, West Virginia. It is situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers where the U.S. states of Maryland, Virginia, and Wes…
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Huntington #7 most popular location
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Parkersburg #8 most popular location
PArkersburg is located on the Ohio River and a great entry point to the state of west virginia. Its clame to fame is a bridge collapse the devestated the city and killed many residents. …
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Summersville #9 most popular location
Kingwood #10 most popular location
Wheeling #11 most popular location
Wheeling was originally a British Colony and today is the count seat of Ohio County with a population of around 32,000. Wheeling was twice the capital of West Virginia, but the capital has b…
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Fayetteville #12 most popular location
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Elkins #13 most popular location
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Pipestem #14 most popular location
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Point Pleasant #15 most popular location
Point Pleasant is most famous for a series of local legends centered on the 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge, which killed 46 people. According to these legends, a moth-like humanoid was se…
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Seneca Rocks #16 most popular location
Seneca Rocks, in Randolph County, West Virginia, is one of the state’s most notable landmarks. It is part of the Monongahela National Forest that has, in part, been owned by the U.S. gover…
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Snowshoe #17 most popular location
White Sulphur Springs #18 most popular location
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Moundsville #19 most popular location
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Ansted #20 most popular location
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Circleville #21 most popular location
Marlinton #22 most popular location
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Good #23 most popular location