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Nontraditional getaways for you and your sweetheart

Still want to plan time with your sweetheart but aren’t exactly a dinner ’n’ a dozen roses type of couple?

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

Driving I-79? Stop here.

I-79 truly gives travelers a little taste of about everything that makes West Virginia great: mountains, rivers, cities, historical sites,

January Insta-greats

  2017 is off to a great start in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia! Here are some of our favorite moments

These WV destinations get named to best lists All. The. Time.

West Virginia stacks up national and international recognition for its small-town charm, wild beauty and adventure. But there are a

December Insta-greats

  December in the Mountain State was a wild ride, and nothing short of wonderful! You’ve managed to capture and

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

These unique historic homes only open for the holidays

West Virginia’s most historic homes are open for tours during the holidays— and for some of these vintage gems, it’s

November Insta-greats

As the holiday season gets into full swing, it’s nice to see what traditions folks come together for around the

The most romantic and upscale retreat you’ve never heard of

If you’re looking for a less clichéd and more off-the-beaten-path romantic vacation, Parkersburg, West Virginia is your sweet escape. A

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

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

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

October Insta-greats

  From Bridge Day adventures to Halloween traditions, it was a month full of excitement! Here are some of our

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?

Earn that spa dip: 6 adventures near the nation’s first spa town

There’s more to Berkeley Springs than the soothing, historic mineral waters. The mountain-shrouded hamlet is also a hub for outdoor

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.

The rail ride of a lifetime

There are a lot of ways to experience the 1000-foot deep New River Gorge. Glance from side to side as

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

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

This tiny mountain town is an outdoor adventurer’s dream

We’re going to let you in on a little secret— deep in West Virginia, there’s a prime destination for art

September Insta-greats

  With September came some of the first signs of fall in the Mountain State— cool, crisp evenings, hints of

Meet the Mothman

It’s been more than 50 years since residents of Point Pleasant woke up to these words stretched across the front

7 films you didn’t know were made in or about WV

Dozens of movies have been filmed in or about West Virginia, including “We Are Marshall,” the story of the 1970

All WV kiddos probably remember this summer favorite

Remember when you were young and your parents took you for a day to Camden Park? Camden Park has entertained

Outside-In Climbing Gym

Summer “school” is funner school

Just because school’s out doesn’t mean you can’t keep learning cool and interesting things. Here are some activities that are

5 most oddball museums

Some of the Mountain State’s museums have some … let’s say … “offbeat” memorabilia. Here are 5 museums that have

7 heroic stories behind WV’s war memorials and markers

  West Virginia has a fascinating military history, even longer than the life of the state itself. The French and

Offbeat ideas for solo travelers in the mountains

Looking for solo travel ideas that aren’t run-of-the-mill? Just change your approach! Traveling by yourself can be liberating. And it

ROBERT H. MOLLOHAN, JEFFERSON ST. BRIDGE

Central United Methodist Church (First Father’s Day Church)

6 places to get really, really off the grid

Ditch the laptop and cell phone at home and recharge YOUR batteries instead at one of these off-the-grid places in

May Insta-greats

May sure did fly by! From outdoor events and concerts to roaring waterfalls and quiet, starry nights, you captured some

June Insta-greats

  This June brought out some of the things we love most about Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. Vibrant arts and

7 best free family activities in WV

Adventure abounds in the hills of West Virginia— and lots of it is free! In West Virginia, families can enjoy

Barrackville Covered Bridge

Best multi-day camp-and-trek trail trips

Trace some of the nation’s most atmospheric and historic camp-and-trek trails. In West Virginia, picturesque footpaths take you past historic

Insta-greats: 17 best mountain photos in April

Our state’s been pretty busy this month! Hail, Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome and April adventures made our top 17 list. Don’t

4 Unexpected Finds Along WV’s Country Roads

We all know the song that leads our Almost Heaven dreaming, a familiar tune celebrating 50 years of success in

Meet the Roaming Gnome here in the mountains!

Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome is touring West Virginia! Have you seen a tiny bearded fellow in town? From late April to

4 best spring wildflower events in the Mountain State

  Each spring, the ridgelines and shrouded forests in the Mountain State become a kaleidoscope of bursting blooms. There are

March Insta-Greats

It’s no secret that the Mountain State has some of the most breathtaking views, charming towns, and cutest animals around.

6 surreal abandoned places you have to see to believe

Have you ever spied a crumbling old structure and wondered at the history behind it? These abandoned places in West

Have you visited WV’s National Parks? We bet you didn’t do this…

Southern West Virginia’s National Parks are known for their natural beauty and outdoor recreation. The New River Gorge National River, Gauley

6 things you didn’t know about WV’s coal heritage

From the boom years of coal mining, to some of the most iconic labor movements in the nation, this black,

9 grandest old arts centers in West Virginia

So many theaters in the Mountain State still shine with their original 20th century grandeur. Take in a performance at

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex

6 times West Virginia was vital to the Civil Rights Movement

West Virginia has been the centerpiece of several key events in African-American heritage– dating all the way back to before

Where to find and photograph these 10 WV icons

Here are some of the most photographed icons in the Mountain State, and where you can best capture a beautiful

7 must-see stops on the Civil War Trail

The story of West Virginia tells us much about our nation’s most definitive war. Originally a part of Virginia’s Old

The treasonous secret of this elegant island

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is certainly one of West Virginia’s most… interesting stops. It is a stately island in

There’s a town in WV literally named “Odd,” and that’s just the beginning

West Virginia has a bunch of small settlements, spread all over. They all needed names, and many of them had

7 jaw-dropping mountain wedding venues

Feel like shouting your love from the mountaintops? What better place to do it than the Mountain State? Whether the

You’re welcome! 13 things WV brought the world

West Virginia has been a trailblazer from the very beginning. The state was formed on the eve of the Civil

You see a building. We see opportunity.

Potential: West Virginia has a lot of it. Especially when it comes to our historic structures. As part of a

Parks with a past: History’s most notable mountain landscapes

Of the prestigious U.S. National Parks, there are “scenic” parks, and there are “historic” parks. They could not be more

How many of these 45 authentic WV experiences have you had?

West Virginia has never been one to follow the trends— I mean, we exist because we created our own state

25 resolutions to add to your bucket list this year

There are so many things to see and do in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia that it can be a bit

7 most unique old-time holiday events in WV

If the commercial bustle of modern America threatens to be a bit much for you this holiday season, never fear—

Off the beaten path in WV’s liveliest cities

West Virginia’s metro areas are full of opportunities to absorb what makes the Mountain State unique. Here are a few

Old spot, new feel: enjoy the fresh revivals of these 7 historic WV buildings

Old buildings in the Mountain State tell interesting stories. Not only do they reflect different types of architecture, they also

Seneca State Forest

Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

17 most scenic covered bridges in the WV countryside

West Virginia’s covered bridges are some of the most photographed landmarks in the state. Set against a backdrop of autumn

5 mythical mountain monsters: Mothman, mummies & other creepy creatures in WV

Folklore is very alive in the hills of West Virginia, where stories are often passed down through tight-knit generations. Appalachia

Adrena-love: Aerial dates that might literally make you fall in love (maybe!)

West Virginia is the place for adventure— which is great for a budding romance! After all, it is said that doing

6 amazing things you can discover underground in WV

West Virginia is known for its breathtaking mountains, but some of its most fascinating sights can be found tucked into

Uncover fall along these scenic tracks

All aboard! As fall approaches, the West Virginia hillsides come alive with color, making it a perfect time to hop

Spooky (but not too spooky!) Halloween fun for the kiddos

Halloween is a popular holiday for adults and kids alike, but some events can get a little spooky for the

These daredevils parachute off a bridge— and you can watch!

It’s no wonder Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event of its kind in the entire world. Who wouldn’t

Best of October in WV

In fall, West Virginia’s forests and trees alight into a fiery red, yellow and orange palette. What better time to

Heritage Farm Museum and Village

5 off-the-beaten path, kitschy mountain stops in WV

Here in West Virginia— a state that certainly has its share of quirky festivals, stores and characters— we’ve got plenty

9 of the oldest buildings in WV have amazing stories

A state that’s known for literally creating itself during the Civil War is bound to have a storied history. West

7 things you didn’t know you could uncover in Harpers Ferry

The historic town of Harpers Ferry is perhaps best known as the site of John Brown’s famous raid on the

Best of September in WV

Ahh, fall in West Virginia. The temperatures of summer drop, the leaves begin to change and it seems as if

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park

Wild Blue Adventure Company

6 WV stores that have been passed down generations

In an era where convenient big-box retail stores are the norm at every freeway exit, finding local flavor and unique

Biggest, longest & best-est of West Virginia

From classical to quirky, West Virginia boasts some of the biggest, longest and best-est events and attractions in the world.

Top this iconic rock formation for a jaw-dropping view

You’ll dig rock climbing at Seneca Rocks if you only have one quality—a love of true adventure. For beginners: Seneca

Best of August in WV

In August, the days grow shorter as summer winds to a close in the beautiful hills of West Virginia. There

7 things you didn’t know you could do in WV

You already know that West Virginia is your destination for whitewater, mountain biking, and rock climbing. But we’ve got so

7 small but vibrant WV towns you’ll need several days to fully explore

Our state is full of small towns. But our small towns, like our people, have more to them than meets

9 hidden outdoors spots only the locals know in WV

West Virginia has lots of popular outdoor spots that draw crowds, but we also have some amazing play spots off-the-beaten-track.

Give your kids a magical, memorable childhood: A West Virginia guide

We all have special memories from our childhood that we cherish. When we grow up, we find that making special

There’s actually plenty to hear in the US’s largest “Quiet Zone”

Eastern West Virginia is home to the nation’s largest “quiet zone.” When was the last time you heard only the

These 7 near-forgotten modes of transportation will whisk you away on a wondrous journey

While many old rail lines in West Virginia have been re-purposed into rail trails, a few of the vintage cars

7 natural wonders in the National Parks and beyond

The hills and hollows of West Virginia hide an amazing number of natural wonders, from craggy peaks to subterranean caves.

5 ways WV will throw you for a loop

West Virginia has great moonshine, bluegrass, and yes, plenty of great “country roads.” But there’s so much more to this

Z. D. Ramsdell House

The historical Zopher D. Ramsdell House, the first brick home built in Ceredo, sets along the banks of the Ohio

West Virginia Independence Hall Museum

West Virginia Independence Hall, a National Historic Landmark and the birthplace of West Virginia, is located in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Thurmond Depot

Open From Memorial Day through Labor Day daily 10 AM to 5 PM Special Programs – Walking tours Exhibits –

The Old Brick Playhouse

Formerly the Randolph Garage Company, circa 1919, this late Edwardian style brick building is a contributing structure to the Downtown