Introducing West Virginia
Wild and wonderful West Virginia is often overlooked by American and foreign travelers. It doesn't help that the state can't seem to shake its negative stereotypes. That's too bad, because West Virginia is one of the prettiest states in the Union. With its line of unbroken green mountains, raging white-water rivers and snowcapped ski resorts, this is an outdoor-lovers' paradise.
Created by secessionists from secession, the people here still think of themselves as hardscrabble sons of miners, and that perception isn't entirely off. But the Mountain State is also gentrifying and, occasionally, that's a good thing: the arts are flourishing in the valleys, where some towns offer a welcome break from the state's constantly evolving outdoor activities.
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West Virginia destination guides
Bridge Day: the world’s largest extreme-sports event
New River Gorge and Bridge - Fayetteville, West Virginia by Trodel. Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike licence (CC BY-SA 2.0) Location: New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia, USA Date: third Sunday in October Level of participation: 2 – watch the daredevils plummet It’s the world’s largest extreme-sports event.
Top 10 things to throw yourself off
Have you had a good plummet lately? No? Well, if you'd like to add an adrenaline rush and an element of danger to your next trip, we've pulled together a list of ten of the best places around the world to enjoy the feeling of weightlessness you can only get from the perfect fling. Are you ready to take the plunge? 1.