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West Virginia Travel Journal

Traveling around our beautiful Mountain State makes the trip as fun as the destination. Visiting West Virginia is also just as easy.  Since we are centrally located between the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, travel to West Virginia can be accomplished within a day’s drive of more than 75% of the U.S. population. West Virginia is a fantastic spot for a getaway.

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What’s your interest?  West Virginia has you covered.  If you like outdoor adventure you can hike and bike on one of our many trails or go rafting on the Gauley, New River or Shenandoah.  If motorcycling is your idea of fun, we have miles of open road to explore. If a fun getaway weekend is on your mind, you can shop till you drop, try your luck at a casino, dine on delicious food or have your troubles soothed away in any of our wonderful spas.  How about a stroll through an art or history museum or take a seat for a music or theatrical performance? The choices are almost limitless and West Virginia has something just right for you!

Call Center and Welcome Centers
Are you ready to create your next memory?  Our knowledgeable travel counselors are ready to help you plan.  From local festivals to the perfect camping spot, they have the information you need for your wild and wonderful experience.  Just call 1-800-CALL WVA (800-225-5982) to find information on lodging, attractions and upcoming events. If you prefer to do it yourself, visit our Travel Planning page.  Either way, West Virginia Tourism is available and ready to help.

Once you’re here, stop by one of the state’s many Welcome Centers, which are staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through October and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through April.  The staff at the Welcome Centers can help with items such as reservations for accommodations and much more.  Best of all, you will always be greeted with a warm smile.

The state has eight commercial airports: Beckley/Raleigh County, Bluefield/Mercer County, Charleston/Yeager, Clarksburg/Harrison-Marion Regional, Huntington/Tri-State, Lewisburg/Greenbrier Valley, Morgantown and Parkersburg/Mid-Ohio Valley. Most offer direct flights to major regional hubs. transportation.wv.gov/aeronautics

For information on traveling to and within West Virginia by train, call 800-872-7245 or you can check out amtrak.com. In the Eastern Panhandle, travel the MARC Rail’s Brunswick Line from Washington, DC, to Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg. Call 866-743-3682 or visit mtamaryland.com for rates, more details and full schedules.

West Virginia sits at the crossroads of six interstates (64, 68, 70, 77, 79 and 81) and boasts those famous “country roads”. For current road conditions, call 877-982-7623 or visit transportation.wv.gov.

Courtesy Patrol
If you need roadside assistance while here, contact the West Virginia Courtesy Patrol at 888-359-3683 or *77 on your cell phone. The patrol changes flat tires, jump-starts batteries and provides gas, directions and more.

Travel Info
The West Virginia Department of Transportation’s free 511 Traveler Information System provides real-time traffic information for all West Virginia interstates and other major highways. Call 511 or visit WV511.org. Traffic advisories are also available from the WV 511 Drive Safe mobile app and via statewide, regional and roadway-specific Twitter feeds. The hands-free mobile app is available for iPhone and Android smartphones at WV511.org/DriveSafe. Twitter feeds are available at WV511.org/Twitter.

West Virginia is a great place to visit in every season.  Get out of the house, be an in-state tourist and see more of your own backyard.  Better yet, invite friends and family to visit Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and see what they’ve been missing.  The biggest dilemma will be deciding where to go first.   For more information visit wvtourism.com.