Although it was originally a part of Virginia, the state of West Virginia continues to forge its own independent path. West Virginia's attractions are often overshadowed by its bigger neighbors, but those who spend time in the state will experience amazing sights, festivals, events and cultural attractions. The state features a diverse range of landscapes, making it a popular place to experience the wonders of the outdoors.
- Wheeling, WV in Wheeling, WV.
What better way to start the holiday season than by gazing in awe while driving the six-mile stretch that spans over 300 acres covered with Christmas Lights. The presentation extends into the first week of January and received a number of nods from AOL Travel and the Travel Channel. Using energy efficient LED lights, masterminds of the event create illuminated displays of everything from whimsical fairytale scenarios to traditional holiday icons. See the massive polyhedron star containing over 2,000 lights as it glows from the hilltop. Marvel at a scene from Cinderella and the 60 foot tall candle and wreath display. The festival truly captivates and entertains all.
- Berkeley Springs, WV, U.S.A. in Berkeley Springs, WV.
This unique gathering provides the opportunity for communities across the country to compete for the coveted title of Best Tasting Water. Participants are judged on bottled and tap water in still and sparkling categories. Purified water is also included in the event. This February weekend contest additionally provides the public with the option of choosing their favorite.
Starting the last weekend in July and spanning for an entire five days, music lovers and musicians gather to celebrate the stringed instruments that create the music of Appalachia. Attend live concerts, workshops and contests along with dances and sing-a-longs. The listed activities include everything from getting the chance to weave baskets or make stools to attending a Yoga class or playing bingo. Locals also present live predatory bird demonstrations.
Get a taste of authentic Appalachian culture during this annual August weekend event. Approximately 100 artisans display a variety of crafts made for generations. See everything from needlework and sewing to pottery and woodworking. Indulge on some traditional down home mountain cuisine and enjoy the foot stomping music. Tour a coal mine, embark on a ghost hunt and learn a little bit of community history.