State Overview

West Virginia – Wild and Wonderful!

Nestled between the north and south—and within a day’s drive of more than half of the U. S. population—the Mountain State is easily accessible from eight commercial airports, six interstates and several Amtrak stations. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty and outdoor adventures, West Virginia maintains strong ties to its past—sharing a distinct appreciation for Appalachian heritage, history, arts, and culture.

Here Appalachian culture blends seamlessly with the heritage of the men and women who were instrumental in building West Virginia—the fine craftsman and resourceful laborers from Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Africa; the Swiss farmers who settled Helvetia; and the first settlers who found their way along the Midland Trail. Their stories, passed down from generation to generation, are reflected in our culture, history and traditions.

Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain Range, West Virginia provides abundant opportunities for outdoor adventure. Whether its trout fishing in the spring, enjoying the New River’s bouncy beginner rapids with the kids in the summer, leaf peeping at one of West Virginia’s State Parks in the fall or tubing in the winter—the Mountain State beckons visitors with its natural beauty.

Prefer a bit of small town charm? West Virginia boasts an impressive culinary tradition—ranging from gourmet dining and farm to table restaurants to local wines, brews, and hand-crafted confections. Engage the senses at a myriad of cultural events and shop until you drop at fabulous boutiques where souvenir searches take on new meaning with one-of-a-kind finds.

If golf is what you’re looking for, be sure to check out one of West Virginia’s premier golf courses. Experience true southern hospitality at “America’s Resort,” The Greenbrier, and play a round of golf on the Old White TPC Course, the site of The Greenbrier Classic, A PGA TOUR, FedExCup Event. Or check out the Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Stonewall Resort, ranked among “America’s Best Top Resort Courses” by Golfweek.

Whether you visit us in the spring, summer, fall or winter—it’s easy to see why West Virginia is Wild and Wonderful. Share your West Virginia Wild & Wonderful stories and photos on Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoOutsideAndPlay. For more information about events and attractions in the Mountain State, visit or call 1-800-225-5982.