West Virginia, home of the mountaineer, is as rural as it gets. Outdoor enthusiasts take delight in visiting the state for the plethora of rivers and mountains that make-up over 75% of the area. While West Virginia is known as a place for tranquility and relaxation, it also offers events for adrenaline junkies too.
Once a year in October, Bridge Day is celebrated on the New River Bridge. This festival sees the closure of the bridge while daredevils, bungee jumpers and base jumpers careen off the 870-foot-tall bridge for the thrill of a lifetime. For those people that like to keep their feet on the ground, there are other activities, as well as plenty of hiking, to be had throughout the landscape.
Some of the places you will want to check out include:
- The Appalachian Trail: The majority of the state is colored by this natural wonder, which cements it as the Mountain State. During spring and summer, hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting and golfing are the biggest draws here for West Virginian vacationers.
- Harpers Ferry: After you have had your fill of Mother Nature, check out this historic town and visit the place that defined the American Civil War.
- Charleston: As the state capital and the largest city in West Virginia, Charleston is home to some of the best arts, culture, dining and entertainment around.
- Blennerhassett Island: This historical state park is situated near Parkersburg. It boasts a mansion, breathtaking natural walks, and wagon ride tours.
- Charles Town: Founded by Charles, the youngest brother of George Washington, this quaint area is full of historical sites, shops, antiques and restaurants.
- Wheeling: Known for its Victorian architecture and the scenic Ohio River waterfront, this town is home to Oglebay Park and a casino, which are both popular attractions with residents and visitors alike.
West Virginia offers visitors plenty in the way of recreational activity. West Virginia camping during every season is a big draw for people who relish the outdoors, and West Virginia national parks provide exquisite views of the surroundings. During wintertime, skiing in West Virginia is a popular activity for those who love to hit the slopes. And all of these activities are enjoyed within the scenic backdrop that dots the state's landscape, which is chockfull of West Virginia cottages and lush greenery.
When you are ready to settle in for the night, a vacation rental is a great way to make yourself at home. Enjoy a countryside cabin near the woods or a condo in downtown Charleston. No matter where you choose to rest your weary head, you will get to experience all of the beauty that West Virginia has to offer.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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