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A History Lover’s Guide to the Hatfield-McCoy Trails

The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System gets its name from the region in southern West Virginia where much of the world-famous Hatfield-McCoy

A Grandparent’s Guide to Spring Break in West Virginia

Gearing up to host your grandkids for spring break this year? West Virginia has endless options of activities to do

5 Historic Hidden Gems

Along with its iconic views, West Virginia is home to a rich history, too. Spanning many generations, the stories and

5 Weekend Getaways To Take In 2022

The colder months in Almost Heaven are some of the best times to explore quaint mountain towns and their charming

Your Perfect Winter 2022 Bucket List

Ahh, winter—the perfect time to snuggle up by the fire, sip hot cocoa and spend time laughing with friends and

Fall Foliage Road Trip: U.S. Route 50

Mid-Ohio Valley Sights Rounding out a beautiful fall season in Almost Heaven, our final fall foliage report is guiding us

Fall Foliage Road Trip: W.Va. Routes 15 East and 20 North

Waterfalls Views & Serene Waterways This week in Almost Heaven, more and more color is creeping across the state. While

Road Trips from Columbus – Mid-Ohio Valley

The Mid-Ohio Valley Region, known for its tourism, agriculture and manufacturing industries, is a charming place full of adventure and

Road Trips from Virginia: New River/Greenbrier Valley

The New River/Greenbrier Valley Region is a beautiful, scenic area where upscale luxury meets small-town charm. With ample rock-climbing, whitewater

Road Trips on I-77: Mountain Lakes

The Mountain Lakes Region of West Virginia, while being the portion of the state with the smallest population, is in

Road Trips from Pittsburgh: Mountaineer Country

The Mountaineer Country Region of West Virginia is a lively and beautiful area filled with scenic attractions, fine dining, ample

Road Trips from Washington D.C.: Eastern Panhandle

The Eastern Panhandle Region is home to approximately 6% of the state’s population. One of two panhandles in the state

Road Trips from Pittsburgh: Northern Panhandle

The Northern Panhandle Region encompasses one of two panhandles in the state (fun fact: West Virginia is the only state

Road Trips from Kentucky – Hatfield-McCoy Mountains

The Hatfield-McCoy Mountains Region is a place with extensive history and ample outdoor recreation. This region was named after the

Road Trips from Washington D.C.: Potomac Highlands

The Potomac Highland Region, located in the Eastern portion of West Virginia, provides roughly 2,722 square miles of breathtaking mountain

Road Trips on I-64: Metro Valley

Home to approximately 30% of West Virginia’s population, the Metro Valley Region is filled with a culturally rich atmosphere and

Fall Foliage Road Trip: Route 24 to U.S. 219

Majestic Summits & Mountain Towns This week, the foliage in the higher elevations of West Virginia will be reaching peak

Gobble Gobble: Spring Turkey Season in Almost Heaven

With the arrival of budding trees and warmer weather in Almost Heaven comes the annual five-week-long turkey hunting season. With

Adventure just below the surface: 3 West Virginia Caves and Caverns

If you thought West Virginia was awe-inspiring above ground, just wait until you see what lies right below the surface.

Our 2020 Winter Bucket List

Don’t find yourself mid-January having missed out on all festive adventures! Fill our your winter bucket list using this comprehensive

5 Surprising Things in the Greenbrier Bunker

With the secret of the Greenbrier Bunker uncovered, its mystery and intrigue have yet to fade. Beneath the lush trappings

These 6 little-known West Virginia facts are going to blow your mind

West Virginia is known for its scenic beauty and its one-of-a-kind adventures, but the Mountain State has so much more

These fun and easy day-trips prove you’re never far from Almost Heaven fun

West Virginia is conveniently located within a few hours of many of our country’s major cities. Richmond, Virginia; Lexington, Kentucky;  Pittsburgh,

These 4 Train Rides Will Leave You Speechless

Explore Almost Heaven in a whole new way during a scenic train ride! Sit back and relax while taking in

This tiny West Virginia town packs a ton of history

Holding the title of “smallest town in West Virginia,” according to Country Living, Thurmond’s official population is 5. Although today

155 ways to enjoy summer in West Virginia

West Virginia turns 155 years young on June 20! And while you’re spending the birthday exploring the beautiful state, here

Everything old is new again: New turns for old places

West Virginia’s rich history is captured in lovingly restored churches, train stations, schools and homes that have been converted to

Hit the history trail: 4 West Virginia road trips with heart

Planning your summer road trip? These fascinating trails might pique your interest in West Virginia’s rich culture and history. Download

4 must-dos at the West Virginia Vandalia Gathering

The Vandalia Gathering is West Virginia’s signature festival that celebrates traditional dance, music, and crafts. Families and friends will be

5 farm workshops to learn traditional trades

If you’re a farm kid at heart but never had the opportunity to learn the traditional arts and skills associated

33 Things To Do On Route 33

Take a drive through scenic, rolling hills on Route 33 in Upshur, Lewis and Randolph counties to experience 33 unique

Mountain views & a show: The best amphitheaters in West Virginia

From waterfront views to dramatic views of the New River Gorge, each amphitheater in West Virginia is different, yet equally

These 27 places know EVERYTHING about West Virginia

Have you consulted a local convention and visitor’s bureau when planning your trip? These organizations are staffed by friendly and

BYOB- Bring your own banjo to these down-home mountain music fests

What’s more fun than a jam session beneath the trees? Grab your instrument of choice and get to pickin’ at

This huge, four-day-long festival in West Virginia has a little bit of everything

For more than half a century the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair has been as closely stitched into West

These 20 events are West Virginia must-sees

Parents hear it every year as school winds down for the summer: “I want something to do!” Fortunately, there’s always

You’ll never believe what West Virginia’s state fossil is

  You’ve heard of the state animal (black bear) and the state tree (sugar maple) … but did you know

What’s a “panhandle”? Explore West Virginia’s most northern and eastern arms

Out of all 50 states, West Virginia has the most distinct shape, with two panhandles extending to the north and

5 mom and pop shops in West Virginia you must visit

You’ll never believe what you can find at some of the state’s oldest and most unique “mom and pop shops.”

There’s a 400-million-year-old ocean beneath West Virginia

Did you know there’s a 400-million-year-old ocean beneath West Virginia? It’s called the Iapetus Ocean, and it lies underneath the

West Virginia’s unique connection to our first president

Berkeley Springs State Park is renowned for its soothing mineral waters and spa treatments. It’s the site of the annual

What’s in a name? The origin of ‘West Virginia’ … and what the state might have been called instead

“Mr. President, I have no particular objections to the word ‘Kanawha.’ They have a very beautiful river down there, a

West Virginia adds 3 sites to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail

West Virginia is home to three historic stops on the United States Civil Rights Trail. The trail launches with the

6 reasons why West Virginia is out of this world

West Virginia is known for its majestic scenery, outdoor adventures and delicious home cooking. But the Mountain State also boasts

The U.S.S. West Virginia was one of the most damaged ships at Pearl Harbor, but rose from the ashes

  On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, killing more than 2,400 servicemen and wounding

The reason why landlocked WV has a lighthouse

  Usually lighthouses are reserved for helping boats navigate dangerous waters, avoid reefs or find entries to harbors. But, even

Salute WV heroes at these 8 stops

West Virginia boasts one of the highest numbers of veterans per capita in the nation, as well as some prestigious

Town guide: Williamson

This riverside town winds past miles of Hatfield-McCoy family history and adventure. Dining 34:Ate’s menu bursts with imaginative salads, entrees,

Town guide: Romney

Officially chartered in 1762, this city is 1 of the 2 oldest in West Virginia. Dining Main Street Grill harkens

Town guide: Athens

This southern West Virginia town full of quiet charm and natural beauty is the gateway to Pipestem Resort State Park.

Town guide: Fairmont

Get a hearty helping of European and old-time heritage in “Italy in Appalachia!” Taste Old-World cuisine, tour quirky museums and

Town guide: Parkersburg

Right where the Little Kanawha and Ohio rivers converge is a town surrounded by colorful restaurants, breweries and historic attractions.

Town guide: Shepherdstown

West Virginia’s oldest town treats you to sophisticated restaurants, colonial ambience and Old World elegance. Dining When it comes to

Town guide: Charleston

From mouth-watering local fare to a rich arts scene, there’s never a dull moment in West Virginia’s hip, historic capital

Town guide: Huntington

Huntington may be home to Marshall University, but there’s a whole lot more to see and do. When visiting Huntington,

Town guide: Wheeling

Victorian charm, quaint attractions and soul-satisfying cuisine makes “the Friendly City” an idyllic weekend trip. Dining Puckish yet sophisticated, Later

Town guide: Moundsville

Down-home comforts and fascinating historical attractions are just 2 reasons you should visit this Ohio River town. Dining Bob’s Lunch

Town guide: Beckley

Beckley is southern West Virginia’s largest population center, and a major shopping and entertainment center for thousands of the Mountain

You, too, can soak in George Washington’s old tub!

George Washington was a regular visitor to Berkeley Springs from the age of 16, where he first visited as a

7 wildly quirky finds for urban explorers

Sometimes, surprises hide in plain sight. It’s always fun to turn a corner and discover an intriguing passageway or artwork.

A golden-era getaway

Want to step back in time to a golden age of steam-driven trains, Victorian inns, variety shows and Appalachian string

Take a driving tour of this fierce, famous family feud

A stolen pig. Ill-fated lovers. Fights and killings. It’s the stuff of legend, but it’s all true. Hop on an

It’s the best time of year to visit “USA’s Ireland”

This charming little community in the heart of West Virginia pays tribute to its Emerald Isle namesake every spring. But

West Virginia’s greatest sports legends

  When it comes to sports, the Mountain State leads the pack. Take a look: our athletes and coaches are

6 unique historic districts in West Virginia

The story of West Virginia’s very birth is one for the (history) books! But since our inception in 1863, we’ve

Relics and inspirations from WV’s richest industry

Since Victorian times, coal has made history in West Virginia. That legacy continues today with subterranean tours, eccentric buildings, and

7 Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Women

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at some Wild, Wonderful West Virginia women who helped shape

Think you know WV? Bet you didn’t know these 9 wild facts!

1. What is the name of the tiny (as 2×4 inch tiny!) sculpture that hangs out on a building in downtown

7 fun ways to dig into your Appalachian roots

“Mountain folk” have their own way of doing things. Old-time Appalachian practices are still alive and well in the hills

7 things you did as a kid in WV that you’ve gotta share with yours

The joys of growing up in the Mountain State are simple and sweet. Share the fond memories of your mountain

Spoons and other weird Appalachian instruments (and where to hear them)

That weird sound you hear in your favorite Appalachian tune? It’s probably weirder than you think! Appalachian music— which includes

Do you know the whole story behind WV’s state food?

West Virginia’s state food may be simple, but its story sure isn’t. Pepperoni rolls are elegantly simple, but uniquely West

How much of your state have you really explored? WV checklist

How well do you know West Virginia? Here’s your ultimate checklist! 1. Head to Philippi to see the state’s oldest

Take your sweet tooth WAY back in time at this historic candy shop

  This Harpers Ferry candy shop is a museum— with edible exhibits! At True Treats Historic Candy, guilty pleasures are

Art deco entertaining: Add color and charm to your table with this classic-modern trend

  One of America’s most iconic and collectible brands of dinnerware comes out of a small town in West Virginia.

No one knows how this town’s 90-year-old tradition started. But it’s a New Year staple.

The tiny town of Lenox is about 400 miles from the ocean, but somehow, their New Year’s tradition revolves around

This has got to be the quirkiest parade in the country

  The distance from Lewisburg to Shanghai, China, is about 7,450 miles. No one really knows how, when or why

The 1 place to visit 8 National Parks

Harpers Ferry is such a gold mine for history and the outdoors, it’s part of 8 overlapping National Parks and

Want to understand the vibe of “America’s Coolest Small Town”? Stop here.

Vibe is tricky to put your finger on. For Lewisburg, a quaint city in southeast West Virginia, creativity sets it

3 camping recipes with an Appalachian touch

  Want to upgrade your campsite cooking? Give it a hearty country touch with some age-old mountain advice. Here are

5 best ol-time stops in this National Park’s living history village

Harpers Ferry is perhaps one of the most unique places in the United States. The upper portion of Harpers Ferry is a

Get off the country roads for the best country cookin’

High on Snowshoe Mountain, the Sunrise Backcountry Hut is a gourmet dining experience you have to snowmobile 2 miles into

Ok, ok. You know the view. But do you know the story?

Tracing the rugged ridgelines and bluffs above Harpers Ferry, the Maryland Heights Trail is not just loaded with stunning views

5 things you didn’t know about Tu-Endie-Wei State Park

  Tu-Endie-Wei State Park is one of the most well known places to explore outdoors in West Virginia. Thanks to

5 most history-rich hikes in Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry is one of the most history-rich places in the country. Get fresh air and a fresh perspective on

Have you played America’s first-ever golf course?

Did you know you can still play America’s first golf course just like the olden days, with traditional wooden clubs?

Trek the sunken cave-like streets of this “town of rocks”

When you walk through Beartown, you’re literally trekking the sunken crevices of a massive rock formation that covers more than

Why some folks call this “the Most Haunted Town in America”

Since it’s 30 years older than the United States itself, Shepherdstown has had a long time to build up some

5 spooky cemeteries you can explore

While you may not want to pile into a haunted house or take a guided tour this year, something else

WV’s believe it or not: are these ghost tales true or tall tales?

Can you tell fact from fiction? Here are 4 creepy stories from West Virginia. Some are true, and some are

Pedal right out of DC, into history & charm

Bike right from D.C. into natural beauty to explore history and charm along the path to Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown.

Bike 36 bridges, 13 tunnels and a whole lot of history

Like the railroad culture of a century ago, you’ll revel in the beauty of western Appalachia as you “steam” down

Explore this historic island mansion, lit only by candles

Off the banks of the Ohio River in Parkersburg, a majestic neoclassical mansion raises from the river, surrounded by flowers

Inside look: the most historic event in the most elite extreme sport

Watch 100s of parachuters launch from the 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge during the Bridge Day BASE jumping festival. The

6 totally free National Parks in the Mountain State

There are several National Parks to explore in the Mountain State—all with no entry fee! Pack your hiking boots and

What the heck is burgoo?! …Would you eat it?

In the hills of Appalachia lays a tradition that’s been stewing since before the Revolutionary War. For hundreds of years,

Aliens? The ‘Area 51’ you can actually go inside

ET phone Green Bank: This real alien contact site is right out of a sci-fi novel! There’s a surreal sight

5 longstanding favorites at one of WV’s oldest festivals

In its 80+ years, the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins has gotten BIG. But of all the excitement, here’s

5 best old battlefields to trek & explore

When it comes to the Civil War and other historic battles, West Virginia is a historic hotspot. If you like

Greek, Italian, Swiss… the best celebrations of WV’s patchwork heritage

West Virginia is a true melting pot of cultures— and we celebrate them all! From Greek and Italian to Scottish