colonized as part of Virginia in the early 17th century, West
Virginia went its own way and formed its own government when Virginia
seceded from the Union in 1861. West Virginia was granted official
statehood two years later.
the Mountain State holds its own as a vacation destination featuring unique culture and pride in its history, along with hillbilly rock and blue grass music festivals, and spectacular scenery.
Attracting millions of visitors a year to the Mountain State is West Virginia's No.1 tourist attraction, Harper's Ferry National Historical Park featuring head-spinning historical associations -- including visits by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clarke, as well as being the site of several important Civil War battles -- set in a stunning backdrop of scenic mountains and rivers.
Top West Virginia tourist attractions include Harper's Ferry National Historical Park (left); Cass Scenic
Railroad State Park (middle); and The Greenbrier Resort, rated among America's top hotels (right).
More about West Virginia travel & tourism around the Web:
Go to West Virginia - A complete guide including hotels, lodging & restaurants, information on
outdoor recreation, art & culture, plus West Virginia facts & trivia,
photo gallery, maps & driving tours.
Virginia Wild and Wonderful - The official state guide with facts &
information on the city to the mountains with details on outdoor fun, historic
& cultural centers, including pictures, interactive maps.
Virginia Attractions. Roadside America - Offbeat attractions throughout
the state including looks at the West Virginia State Penitentiary tour, the world's
largest teapot, and other weird & wonderful West Virginia attractions.