Worn by eons, the Appalachian mountain range winds its way up the eastern United States, with West Virginia right at its heart. The mountains inform almost every aspect of the state’s history and culture, making it truly unlike anywhere else in the country.
West Virginia’s rugged terrain has led to the development of hundreds of small, isolated communities, a marked contrast to urban development in most of the US. A trip through WV’s small towns is the best way to understand the state, its people and its history.
Start at Elkins, ride a historic steam train, and enjoy West Virginia’s own take on the Southern US barbeque tradition. Then head to Thomas, population 623, with dozens of historic sites. Close to Thomas is Davis, another small but perfectly preserved town, and home to three different craft breweries.