West Virginia is a state in the Appalachian region of the United States. Virginia borders to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the north and Maryland to the northeast.
West Virginia is one of two states in America that formed during the Civil War; Nevada is the second. In 1861, West Virginia joined the U.S. It now claims the title of the 41st largest state in the United States of America. Charleston is both the capital of the state and the largest city.
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The tourism industry is one of the major employers in the state. Consequently, tourism is one of the biggest state budgets. Mountains and rolling hills characterize West Virginia landscape. In addition, the state has vast areas with Karst topography. Sinkholes and caves characterize karst areas.
The Karst forms from soluble rocks such as limestone. This unique topography made West Virginia one of the most popular regions for cave tourism. Travelers know the state for other recreational outdoor activities as well, such as skiing, white water rafting, hiking, fishing, backpacking, hunting and mounting biking.
Many of the state’s recreational destinations are famous, not only outside of the state but also outside of the country. For example, Canaan Valley is a popular winter sports destination. Plus, Seneca Rocks is one of the most visited destinations for rock climbing in the eastern states.
Also, the New River Gorge area attracts both rock climbers and white-water rafting lovers. Lastly, the Monongahela National Forest is a haven for hikers, backpackers, and hunters.
In addition to numerous outdoor activities, West Virginia also offers a wide variety of historical and cultural attractions. These attractions include Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Green Bank Telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the main building of Weston State Hospital and the Greenbrier Hotel.
The main building at the Hospital is the largest hand-cut sandstone building in America and the 2nd largest in the world. Furthermore, numerous United States leaders throughout history visited the famous Greenbrier Hotel and Resort.
West Virginia also hosts a number of different festivals and events throughout the year that will delight you during your stay!
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