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West Virginia mapAlthough 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.

Today, 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.

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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 top seasonal vacation destinations include the luxurious Greenbrier resort in White Sulfur Springs, and additional trips back in time at the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park featuring an 11-mile long steam-driven passenger railroad.

In summer, more scenic mountains, rivers, and forests are on view in some of West Virginia's other top state parks including Greenbrier State Forest, Camp Creek State Park and Kanawha State Forest.

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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.

West 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.

West 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.

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