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Renowned for its scenic countryside, West Virginia is home to a particularly beautiful segment of the Appalachian Mountains. These peaks have shaped the rich local culture, with a Southern charm all its own.

Capital Conflict

Many consider Charleston to be the state’s most dynamic city. The past comes alive at the State Capitol building and the State Museum, and the nearby Clay Center hosts regular musical and theatrical performances that celebrate the state’s identity. More episodes of the past can be experienced in the small town of Harpers Ferry, located at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers. A wealth of buildings from the 1800s still stand, and the Civil War Museum shares the tale of John Brown’s raid, which escalated tensions in the years leading up to the war.

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Regional Dish

West Virginia Pepperoni Roll

Who said pepperoni is just for pizza? Pop into any bakery, grocery store or convenience shop and you’ll discover this spicy meat stuffed in bread rolls. You won’t be able to resist these warm, fluffy snacks — the oil from the pepperoni soaks into the dough, resulting in a satisfying texture and flavor. You’ll find modern versions topped with onions, peppers or marinara, but locals say nothing beats the original.


Almost Heaven on Water

Paddling on one of West Virginia’s tumultuous waterways is an exhilarating way to experience the Mountain State. The New River and the Gauley River are legendary for their beauty and their rapids. Anglers will also find “almost heaven” in West Virginia, thanks to the number of creeks flowing from the mountains and through the valleys. The Elk River and the Cranberry River attract anglers from across the nation with their plump trout and limitless views.

Highlands and Waterfalls

Take a drive to enjoy the beauty of West Virginia’s mountains. The Highland Scenic Highway runs 43 miles through the Monongahela National Forest, with views of surrounding peaks. This landscape can best be experienced at Blackwater Falls State Park near Davis. The falls are named for the amber-colored waters stained by the tannic acid of the fallen hemlock and red spruce needles.