• Tri-State Casino & Resort: 150-room hotel decorated in a Mardi Gras theme. Amenities include Jacuzzi suites, 40-inch TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, and meeting space. Cross Lanes.
• Wheeling Jamboree: Live shows and radio broadcasts return to the stage of the Victoria Theater, which hosted the jamboree in the 1940s. Showcases a mix of traditional country, pop-country, bluegrass and Americana. Wheeling.
• Morgantown Event Center at Waterfront Place: Over 2,787 square metres of convention and entertainment space. Morgantown.
• The Resort at Glade Springs: Luxury accommodations, three championship golf courses, and horseback riding trails.
• Tamarack Arts Center: Statewide collection of handmade crafts, arts and cuisine. Beckley.
• Greenbrier Resort: Historic property has updated rooms; three championship golf courses; and the new Greenbrier Classic, a PGA FedEx Cup series.
• New River Gorge Bridgewalk Tour: Visitors can walk across the canyon on a 61-cm wide catwalk 260 metres above the river. Fayetteville.
• Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine: Ride a coal-hopper into a mine and hear a miner’s interpretive story. Tour a coal company house, church, school, store and superintendent’s home. Open April to November. Beckley.
• West Virginia State Museum: Delves into West Virginia’s history from prehistoric times to present day. Free admission. Charleston.
• Hatfield-McCoy ATV Trails: Ride ATVs along hundreds of kilometres of trails.
• Vandalia Gathering (May), Charleston.
• Blue and Gray Reunion (May), Philippi.
• Ripley 4th of July (July), Ripley.
• Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally (July), Morgantown.
• Fire on the Mountain Chili Cook-Off (July), Snowshoe Mountain.
• State Fair of West Virginia (August), Greenbrier County.
• Mountain State Forest Festival (September to October), Elkins.
• Pickin’ in the Panhandle (September), Martinsburg.
West Virginia Tourism• Charleston: West Virginia’s capital is home to a vibrant and historic downtown and one of the largest inner-city shopping malls in the country.
• Huntington: Highlights include an award-winning Museum of Art, Ritter Park rose garden, Camden Park, the Heritage Farm & Museum, and Pullman Square shopping district.
• Shepherdstown: Founded in 1762; the town showcases Civil War history, eclectic restaurants and shopping.
• Oglebay Resort: Home to three championship golf courses, glass museum, zoo, flower gardens, and the largest light show in the United States. Wheeling.
• Lewisburg: Filled with B&Bs, historic inns, Internet cafés, art displays, music and theatre. Close to Greenbrier River and rail trail for hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and fishing.
• Harpers Ferry: Historic site of John Brown’s Raid which steered the U.S. towards Civil War. Picturesque streets, exhibits and museums, hiking trails and Civil War battlefields.
• Helvetia: Descendants of the Swiss immigrants, who founded Helvetia in 1869, maintain traditions in the annual pre-Lent Fasnacht festival.
• Fayetteville: Welcomes whitewater enthusiasts and those who want to admire or parachute off the New River Gorge Bridge.
Did You Know?
Motto: Mountaineers Are Always Free
State Flower: Big Laurel or Rhododendron Maximus
State Bird: Northern Cardinal
America’s Byways: Coal Heritage Trail, Highland Scenic Highway, Historic National Road, Midland Trail, Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike, Washington Heritage Trail
Connecting Flights Via: Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington
Sales Tools: West Virginia Travel Guide, e-mail Newsletter, themed pamphlets including: Whitewater, Winter Sports, Golf, Civil War Heritage, Camping, Byways Driving Tours, Fall Foliage
Info: West Virginia Division of Tourism