Group & International Travel

With its wide open spaces and sweet southern charm, West Virginia eagerly embraces groups coming from near and far. As you pass through, discover the unique culture, breathtaking scenic views, inspiring country roads and so much more awaiting you here in Almost Heaven.

The Perfect Stop on Your Southern Road Trip

West Virginia is centrally located between the Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast United States. Located within a day’s drive of more than 75% of the U.S. population, venturing into Almost Heaven is made easy. Additionally, with seven commercial airports—some offering direct flights to major international hubs daily—your West Virginia adventure is closer than you may think.

Get to Know Almost Heaven, West Virginia

Whether you’re familiar with our mountains or a first-time traveler to these parts, here are a few facts about Almost Heaven, West Virginia.

West Virginia is the only state completely in the Appalachian Mountain Range, which earned it the nickname “Mountain State.”

West Virginia is the third most forested state with 75% covered in forested land.

The state is comparable in size to both Latvia and Lithuania.

West Virginia is the only state born from the Civil War. It was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, under a proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln. West Virginia is also the only state to be admitted under the presidential proclamation.

West Virginia is home to America’s newest national park, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, making it the 63rd in the country.

The New River runs through Appalachia’s own little version of the Grand Canyon, near the small and happening town of Fayetteville. The New River Gorge National Park & Preserve is 900 feet deep, with the world-class rock climbing of Endless Wall at the top, world-class whitewater rafting at the bottom, and a wild jungle of rhododendrons, ferns, and waterfalls in the middle.

The New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville is the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. It spans a length of 1,700 feet. Every October on Bridge Day, the bridge is closed to traffic while individuals parachute and BASE jump 876 feet off the bridge.

Standing tall at 292 feet, the State Capitol dome is higher than the dome at the nation’s capital.

Explore West Virginia’s Nine Travel Regions

Travel Regions

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West Virginia is the only state that lies completely within the Appalachian Mountain range, hence the nickname “the Mountain State.” Its mountainous topography varies, giving each travel region a distinct identity worth exploring. Indulge in the Eastern Panhandle’s warm springs that George Washington once enjoyed, said to have a variety of health benefits; climb rugged, steep mountains peaking at over 4,000 feet in the Potomac Highlands, including the state’s highest peak at 4,863 feet; and explore mountain towns that are so tucked away, the cultures of their early settlers still remain, like the Swiss town of Helvetia. From gentle rolling farmland to deep gorges and canyons, the unique experiences in each region are all connected by scenic drives on our winding, country roads.

With so much to do and see, use these trip guides to plan your group’s journey through

Almost Heaven.