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Things to see and do in West Virginia

Tourist offices

West Virginia Tourism

Address: 90 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, 25303
Telephone: (304) 558 2200
Website: http://www.wvcommerce.org/

Attractions in West Virginia

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

Chug through West Virginia's steep forested mountains on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad steam train. Take the scenic fall foliage tour, or choose from a variety of rail adventures such as the Mystery Theatre or Bluegrass Music train.

Harper's Ferry

Tour the historic town of Harper's Ferry, the site of John Brown's rebellion in 1859. See Civil War reenactments or visit numerous museums dedicated to the era. Alternatively, delve into West Virginia's heritage at any of the 200 festivals, fairs, special events, tournaments and races.

Monongahela National Forest

Go camping or hiking in the Monongahela National Forest and Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area in the eastern part of the state. Home to bears and deer, Monongahela offers over 500 campsites and miles of hiking trails.

State Capitol

Tour the State Capitol in Charleston (www.charlestonwv.com), one of the finest Italian Renaissance buildings in the USA.

State parks

Visit one of four resort state parks (www.wvparks.com), complete with lodges, cabins, swimming pools, championship golf courses and restaurants. All have excellent naturalist programmes and recreational facilities for all ages.

White-water rafting

Shoot the rapids on a white-water rafting trip down the New River Gorge National River (www.nps.gov/neri), which winds its way through the Appalachians.