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Rotary Park Home to Newest Almost Heaven Swing

Visitors encouraged to complete summer bucket list for a chance to win a free fall getaway Huntington, WV – The

Rail Explorers Announces Newest Almost Heaven Swing

Photo-op swing located at West Virginia’s first railbike excursion Clay, WV ––  The West Virginia Department of Tourism, in partnership

Oglebay Welcomes Newest Almost Heaven Swing

Visitors encouraged to complete summer bucket list for a chance to win a free fall getaway Wheeling, WV – The

Putnam County Home to Newest Almost Heaven Swing

Visitors invited to attend ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 27 Hurricane, WV –– The West Virginia Department of Tourism,

West Virginia Tourism encourages travel in celebration of West Virginia Day

New summer bucket list provides guide for exploration and chance to win a free trip Charleston, WV –– The West Virginia

Gov. Justice kicks off summer with new tourism sweepstakes

Entrants can complete summer-travel bucket list for chance to win free autumn getaway CHARLESTON, WV — Gov. Jim Justice today unveiled the Department

Hatfield-McCoy Trail System Unveils New Almost Heaven Swing

Man, WV –– The West Virginia Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems has announced another new

Chef Paul Smith becomes West Virginia’s first James Beard Award-winning chef

Charleston chef wins ‘Best Chef: Southeast’ category Charleston, WV –– Acclaimed West Virginia chef Paul Smith won the coveted ‘Best Chef:

New Almost Heaven Swing Unveiling at Chief Logan State Park Lodge

Logan, WV – The West Virginia Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Hatfield-McCoy Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced

New Almost Heaven Swing Unveiling Event at Lake Stephens

Beckley, WV – The West Virginia Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Visit Southern West Virginia Convention & Visitors

Governor Justice celebrates the opening of the state’s first railbike excursion

National Leader Rail Explorers begin operations in Clay County Clay, WV –– Governor Justice today celebrated the grand opening of

Gov. Justice announces popular West Virginia Waterfall Trail surpasses 75,000 check-Ins

Three new waterfalls added to the trail as summer travel begins CHARLESTON, WV — Gov. Jim Justice announced today over the Memorial

Gov. Justice announces first-ever Governor’s School for Tourism program details

Encourages students to apply for once-in-a-lifetime opportunity CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice released details for the first-ever Governor’s School for Tourism, a

Gov. Justice announces West Virginia named top global travel destination yet again

National Geographic selects West Virginia’s whitewater for prestigious 2024 “Best of the World” list CHARLESTON, WV — Gov. Jim Justice and

Tourism Day at the Legislature welcomes hundreds of industry members to State Capitol

Annual event celebrating record economic impact and state tourism successes   CHARLESTON, WV –– The West Virginia Capitol was filled with

Gov. Justice unveils 2024 West Virginia Vacation Guide

Travelers can request free magazines or view a digital copy CHARLESTON, WV — Gov. Jim Justice today unveiled the 2024 West Virginia Vacation

West Virginia Department of Tourism Launches Culinary Trail

Trail developed by West Virginia Chef Ambassador’s features their favorite stops from around the state Charleston, W.Va. – The West

West Virginia Celebrates Wonderful Fall Season

Exceptional leaf peeping season nearing its end Charleston, W.Va. – This year, the Mountain State has experienced one of the

West Virginia Now Covered with Jaw-Dropping Fall Color

Visitors encouraged to experience fall foliage with featured hikes and scenic drives Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia continues to be

Two new cascades added to West Virginia Waterfall Trail

Popular trail exceeds 60,000 check-ins with visitors from 49 states & 23 countries Charleston, W.Va. –– The West Virginia Waterfall Trail

West Virginia Continues to Experience Best Fall Foliage of the Decade

Jaw-dropping colors spread across the Mountain State Charleston, W.Va. – Autumn color is widespread across the whole Mountain State as

West Virginia Department of Tourism Releases Second Fall Foliage Update of the Year

Cooler temperatures welcome additional fall color Charleston, W.Va. – The second week of October brings cooler temperatures and new fall

West Virginia Department of Tourism Releases First Fall Foliage Report of the Season

Division of Forestry predicts vibrant fall season Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Tourism celebrates the arrival of

Gov. Justice announces record $7 billion annual tourism impact for 2022

West Virginia traveler spending up 17% from pre-pandemic levels, far outpacing national level Davis, WV — Gov. Jim Justice today joined

Want to BASE Jump from a bridge in the Nation’s Newest National Park?

West Virginia Tourism hosting contest to give one thrill-seeker the opportunity of a lifetime   CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West

West Virginia Department of Tourism Releases 2023 Fall Foliage Projection Map

Recent rainfall in the nation’s third most forested state could be a precursor to stunning fall color Charleston, W.Va. –

Gov. Justice signs bill officially designating Summersville Lake State Park

Site of West Virginia’s newest State Park now open for public outdoor recreation in Nicholas County   SUMMERSVILLE, WV — Gov.

Celebrate 160 Years of Almost Heaven With a Weekend Outdoors

West Virginians encouraged to spend the weekend offline and then post their experiences on West Virginia Day CHARLESTON, WV –

Gov. Justice dedicates Birdeye Bend with a bang

Marks fourth route in scenic West Virginia Mountain Rides program CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice held an event today in

Gov. Justice Announces Expansion of the Popular West Virginia Waterfall Trail

Nation’s first statewide waterfall trail gets nine new stops CHARLESTON, WV – Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Jim Justice today

Gov. Justice announces New River Gorge named Best Family Trip in the U.S. by Outside Magazine

Nation’s newest national park earns Outside Magazine’s 2023 travel award CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that The New River

Breeze Airways Doubling Service to Orlando Before First Flight Takes Off

Early success enables Breeze to increase Orlando frequency and plane size CHARLESTON, WV – Just three weeks after Breeze Airways

West Virginia Dept. of Tourism Announces Dark Sky Promotion

Plan a vacation to see starry skies in Almost Heaven and win prizes CHARLESTON, WV –– The West Virginia Department of

Winners of Hatfield-McCoy UTV giveaway announced

Event celebrates economic development projects supporting trails JULIAN, WV –– Officials from the West Virginia Department of Tourism and the

W.Va. Gov. Justice announces historic airline partnership

Breeze Airways to connect CRW to at least 5 new destinations CHARLESTON, W.Va., March 28, 2023  — West Virginia Gov.

Gov. Justice unveils 2023 West Virginia Vacation Guide

First state travel guide in the country to feature cover image that changes at different viewing angles CHARLESTON, WV –– Gov.

Tourism Day at the Legislature draws industry representatives to State Capitol

Annual event celebrating highest traveler spending in state’s history in 2022  CHARLESTON, WV (Jan. 23, 2023) — The West Virginia

West Virginia covered with most dazzling fall foliage of the decade

Travelers are encouraged to continuing sharing foliage videos to social media in exchange for exclusive merchandise   Charleston, W.Va. –

West Virginia continues to shine with the best fall color of the decade

Department of Tourism encourages visitors to share foliage videos to social media in exchange for exclusive merchandise Charleston, W.Va. –

West Virginia Experiencing Best Fall Colors of the Decade

Department of Tourism releases third fall foliage report and featured autumn hikes of 2022 Charleston, W.Va. – Colors are quickly

Gov. Justice and Hatfield-McCoy Trails announce Fall Giveaway for two brand-new UTV’s

Purchase an annual permit to be automatically entered for a chance to win one of two brand-new UTVs  CHARLESTON, WV

West Virginia Department of Tourism Releases Second Fall Foliage Report of the Season

Vibrant foliage now starting to appear in the state’s higher elevations   Charleston, W.Va. – Fall color continues to spread

West Virginia Department of Tourism Releases First Fall Foliage Report of the Season

Visitors encouraged to experience the fall color slowly arriving to The Mountain State with featured hikes Charleston, W.Va. – The

AllTrails Launches First of its Kind Partnership with West Virginia to Empower Travelers to Explore the Outdoors

Collaboration designed to inspire fall travel to the Mountain State for epic seasonal hiking + foliage CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sept. 27,

West Virginia Waterfall Trail Receives 20,000 Check-Ins

Nation’s first statewide waterfall trail continues to boost travel in the Mountain State, with visitor check-ins from over 41 states

West Virginia Department of Tourism Announces Inaugural Class of W.Va. Chef Ambassadors

Nine local chefs selected for new tourism initiative to develop and promote West Virginia’s culinary industry Huntington, WV –– The

West Virginia Department of Tourism Announces 2022 Stars of Almost Heaven Award Winners

Huntington, W.Va. (September 15, 2022) – This year’s Stars of Almost Heaven award winners were recognized Wednesday evening during the

Gov. Justice celebrates West Virginia tourism spending exceeding pre-pandemic levels

Charleston, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia’s tourism industry is up 3.8 percent over pre-pandemic levels

West Virginia Department of Tourism Releases 2022 Fall Foliage Map

Charleston, W.Va. – In celebration of the upcoming autumn season, the West Virginia Department of Tourism has released its annual

West Virginia Waterfall Trail Hits 10,000 Check Ins

Nominations are now being accepted for new waterfalls to be added to the trail Charleston, W.Va. – Since its launch

It’s West Virginia’s birthday. Keep the celebration going!

By Chelsea Ruby You did it. For the past five years, the Department of Tourism has asked you to celebrate

West Virginia Launches the Nation’s First Statewide Waterfall Trail

Passport program designed to encourage travelers to uncover more than two dozen falls statewide Charleston, W.Va. – Chasing waterfalls takes

New Research Shows Americans Are Looking to Prioritize Experiences Over Things in the New Year

West Virginia is Rewarding 10 of the Best New Year’s Resolutions With a Free Trip to Turn Resolutions into Reality

West Virginia Department of Tourism releases final fall foliage report and featured country road trip of 2021

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Some parts of

West Virginia Department of Tourism releases fifth fall foliage report and featured country road trip of 2021

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Vibrant fall color

Gov. Justice Announces West Virginia Named Top Ten Global Travel Destination

International Travel Publisher Lonely Planet put West Virginia tourism in elite class CHARLESTON, WV (Oct. 27, 2021) – Gov. Jim

West Virginia Department of Tourism releases fourth fall foliage report and featured country road trip of 2021

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Color is still

West Virginia Department of Tourism releases third fall foliage report and featured country road trip of 2021

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Color is still

West Virginia Department of Tourism releases second fall foliage report and featured country road trip of 2021

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color CHARLESTON, W.VA. — Color is spreading

West Virginia Department of Tourism Releases First Fall Foliage Report and Featured Country Road Trip of 2021

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s fall colors CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The higher elevations of

West Virginia Department of Tourism Releases 2021 Fall Foliage Forecast

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s fall color CHARLESTON, W.Va. — To celebrate the arrival

Ascend West Virginia Announces Inaugural Class Of Remote Workers

All applicants eligible for $2,500 in mortgage assistance, even if not selected Morgantown, WV (September 2, 2021) — Ascend West Virginia,

Gov. Justice Congratulates Department of Tourism On National Awards

Department earns top honors for vacation guide and social media campaign Charleston, W.Va. – Governor Jim Justice today congratulated the

West Virginia Department of Tourism launches 2021 birthday celebration

Social media users who post their #AlmostHeaven road trip photos will be entered to win one of 50 great prizes

Gov. Justice Unveils New West Virginia Vacation Guide

Special 2021 edition celebrates 50th anniversary of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Earns Several Best of the Blue Ridge Awards

More than 20 West Virginia destinations, businesses and events win Best of the Blue Ridge Readers’ Choice Awards CHARLESTON, W.Va.

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Final Fall Foliage Report

Travelers encouraged to travel responsibly or join virtual road trip on social media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fall color has peaked

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Fifth Fall Foliage Report

Travelers encouraged to travel responsibly or join virtual road trip on social media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Most regions have peaked

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Fourth Fall Foliage Report

Travelers encouraged to travel responsibly or join virtual road trip on social media   CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The hills of

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Third Fall Foliage Report

Travelers encouraged to travel responsibly or join virtual road trip on social media CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fall colors are spreading

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Second Fall Foliage Report

Travelers encouraged to travel responsibly or join virtual road trip on social media   CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Many of the

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases First Fall Foliage Report of the Season

Travelers encouraged to travel responsibly or join virtual fall color road trip on social media.  CHARLESTON, W.VA. — The higher elevations

West Virginia attractions sweep Best of the Blue Ridge Awards

50 West Virginia destinations, businesses and events win Best of the Blue Ridge Readers’ Choice Awards CHARLESTON, WV. (Jan. 6,

Ski Season Begins in Almost Heaven

West Virginia Tourism Office announces opening of ski resorts across the Mountain State CHARLESTON, WV (Nov. 22, 2019) — Snowshoe

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Fifth & Final Fall Foliage Report and Featured Country Road Trip of 2019

Travelers encouraged to plan trips to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color while you still can CHARLESTON, WV (Nov. 6,

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Fourth Fall Foliage Report and Featured Country Road Trip of 2019

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color  CHARLESTON, WV (Oct. 30, 2019) —

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Third Fall Foliage Report and Featured Country Road Trip of 2019

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color  CHARLESTON, WV (Oct. 23, 2019) —

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases Second Fall Foliage Report and Featured Country Road Trip of 2019

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s beautiful fall color  CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Oct. 16, 2019) —

West Virginia Tourism Industry Outpaces National Growth by 58%

CHARLESTON, WV (Oct. 16, 2019) – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia’s tourism industry grew for the second

A Mystery Vacation becomes the Fall Trip of a Lifetime

DAVIS, WV (Oct. 8, 2019) — Thirty-three passengers boarded a bus Saturday morning at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station for a

West Virginia Tourism Office Releases 2019 Fall Foliage Forecast

Travelers encouraged to plan trips in advance to see West Virginia’s fall color CHARLESTON, WV (Oct. 2, 2019) — Red

West Virginia tourism commercials win national award

Tourism Office’s Almost Heaven campaign receives ESTO Mercury Award for best broadcast television ad   CHARLESTON, WV (August 27, 2019) –

Tourism Office’s West Virginia Week Challenge reaches record number of social media users

#AlmostHeaven took the Internet by storm and showcased best of West Virginia  CHARLESTON, WV (June 26, 2019) – West Virginia’s

West Virginia social media challenge starts Friday

Governor Justice and the Tourism Office to lead a weeklong celebration of the state’s 156th birthday CHARLESTON, WV (June 12,

Gov. Justice announces plans to build major rail trail along Elk River and Buffalo Creek

CLAY, WV – Adventure seekers from across the country will soon have a new opportunity to enjoy West Virginia’s natural

West Virginia Tourism Office Call for Artist Submissions

The West Virginia Tourism Office is requesting proposal submissions from artists and graphic designers for the design and implementation of

Gov. Justice Announces New Partnership with Bethesda Softworks

Tourism Office announces plan to promote the highly anticipated Fallout 76, an upcoming West Virginia-based video game CHARLESTON, WV (Oct.

Gov. Justice announces that in 2017 state had first increase in traveler spending since 2012

West Virginia outpaces national growth by 30 percent CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that West Virginia’s tourism

West Virginia Tourism Office Prepares for Beautiful Fall Color

Preliminary Division of Forestry reports predict stunning fall color statewide Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Tourism Office, in partnership

Gov. Justice Designates Gauley Season as West Virginia’s Official 5th Season

Celebrates 50 years of whitewater rafting with commemorative postcard Summersville, WV (Sept. 7, 2018) – Governor Jim Justice has designated

Governor Justice Announces Soaring Hotel Occupancy

Logan County event celebrates increased traveler spending and infrastructure development Logan, WV (July 25, 2018) – Governor Jim Justice today

WEST VIRGINIA TOURISM OFFICE UNVEILS TOP 155 WAYS TO CELEBRATE SUMMER IN WEST VIRGINIA

Featured summertime checklist part of West Virginia’s 155th sticker-sharing birthday campaign CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Tourism Office today

Travel West Virginia on her birthday

Sticker campaign celebrates the attractions that make West Virginia almost heaven By Chelsea Ruby Roots run deep in West Virginia—not

WEST VIRGINIA TOURISM OFFICE ANNOUNCES NEW STATE BIRTHDAY CAMPAIGN

Visit our best-loved places and pick up new Almost Heaven stickers CHARLESTON, WV – The West Virginia Tourism Office today

WVStateParks.com wins award from American Advertising Federation

Redesigned website offers online reservations for all lodges and cabins CHARLESTON, W.Va. (February 28, 2018) — The West Virginia State Parks

Civil Rights Trail Links 130 Landmarks

Visitors can literally walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, John Lewis and other

Fall in love with fall in #AlmostHeaven West Virginia

An op-ed by Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby In #AlmostHeaven West Virginia, choosing a favorite season can be next to impossible.

Tourism to celebrate state’s birthday with hourly #AlmostHeaven vacation package giveaways

Viral campaign’s reach has topped 8 million in two weeks leading up to June 20 CHARLESTON, W.VA. — In celebration of the Mountain State’s

#AlmostHeaven viral campaign reach tops five million in first week

Division of Tourism encourages residents to continue sharing their love for West Virginia CHARLESTON, West Virginia – One week after

#AlmostHeaven viral campaign continues; West Virginia vacation packages awarded daily

Division of Tourism encourages residents to share their love for the Mountain State CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginians have