The Official Website of the State of West Virginia

Road trip guide to southern West Virginia


The bar is set undeniably high for any visit to West Virginia. For almost 50 years, the slogan “Wild, Wonderful West Virginia” has appeared on the state’s license plates, as well as government pamphlets, travel guides, and welcome signs, promising would-be visitors an experience both heart-pounding and heartfelt.

And for just about as long, a second motto has been emblazoned on T-shirts and trucker hats, billboards and bumper stickers: “Almost Heaven, West Virginia”—drawn from the lyrics of John’s Denver’s 1971 anthem “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” 

Fortunately for travelers along the highways and byways of southern West Virginia, all great expectations will be met.

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