Gasoline at $5 a gallon. Inflation at a 40-year high. As we consider how to weather these challenges, one way to save some money — and to learn more about our beloved West Virginia — could be a summer trip spent closer to home this year.
As we celebrate today the 159th birthday of our Mountain State, why not consider, this year, a staycation, so to speak? Why not get out, travel those country roads, and see what others experience when they visit West Virginia — the beauty, the wonder, and the great people who call this state home.
A day trip, a weekend away from home or even a week of high-end adventure need not break the bank — and there is no better place than wild, wonderful West Virginia to do it.
Wheeling area residents are especially fortunate because of the large number of attractions right here. A day spent at Oglebay Park can pack in plenty of family fun. Or, if you are in the mood to learn more about our state’s history and its founding, try West Virginia Independence Hall.
Farther afield, but still within easy driving distance, state parks and forests remind us why the wild and wonderful label is appropriate. Coopers Rock State Forest is an easy day trip. Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley state parks can be done in a day, but they are best if you can spend a weekend or even more.
And now there’s the state’s crown jewel, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, that showcases the best of what West Virginia has to offer. Rafting, hiking, ziplining … the list goes on as to what you can experience when you choose to enjoy nature in West Virginia.
So this summer, perhaps even this weekend, as the state marks its 159th year of existence, consider West Virginia. Rediscover our beautiful state and your wonderful neighbors. You may wonder why on earth you ever went elsewhere on vacation.
West Virginia has so much to offer — adventure, history and wonderful, caring people. As we mark the state’s birthday, let us not forget all we have here — and what’s to come.
Get out and explore West Virginia.