West Virginia

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About West Virginia

Welcome to the mountain state of West Virginia, a Mecca for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. With communities tucked neatly in the narrow valleys of the Appalachian mountains, beside gushing rivers and lakes, it is a great place try your hand at white water rafting, canoeing, rock-climbing and zip-lining, but it's also a wonderful place to get-away-from-it-all and unwind amidst the enchanting scenery of Mother Nature. The lakes and rivers teem with trout, and picturesque old colonial towns like Harpers Ferry offer visitors the chance to go on ranger-guided tours and hikes along Civil War skirmish lines, while natural scenery like the Blackwater Falls offer serenity and bewitching beauty to the eager explorer. This state is a terrific place to go for couples, hikers, bikers and thrill-seekers alike, and our pick of the best places to stay in West Virginia, which include a charming boutique set in an old colonial townhouse, has something to suit all tastes and budgets.

What not to miss

  • Hike or bike along 600kms of converted train tracks!
  • Check out the countless golf courses in the state - the best being the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.
  • Take a ranger-guided tour in Harpers Ferry.
  • Learn about West Virginia's coal industry at the Oil and Gas Museum in Parkesberg.
  • Enjoy white water rafting in the New River Gorge National River!
  • Stand amazed at the Blackwater Falls.
  • Have a round of golf at the Greenbrier, in White Sulphur Springs.

Ideal for both outdoor adventure enthusiasts and those with an interest in the American Civil War, use our guide to the best places to stay in West Virginia and start planning your trip.

The best places to stay in West Virginia

For Colonial heritage

  • Blennerhassett Hotel is a stylish union of old-world charm with modern-day necessities in the heart of Ohio River Valley. Large, comfortable rooms offer Classic 1800s decor. Plus there's a library for relaxing and casual dining at Spats Restaurant.

Chic boutique

  • Hidden inside a quaint Lewisburg townhouse, The Escape offers six contemporary suites with hardwood floors and slate tiled en suite bathrooms. Located in the town's historic district, rooms look onto local landmarks from bright windows. Fully-equipped kitchenettes make the suites great for families; a chic city stay.

Romantic break

  • The General Lewis Inn is an ornate, heritage inn sitting in downtown Lewisburg. Individually styled guestrooms are designed to capture the essence of the property, with lovingly restored wooden floors, porcelain fittings and period antiques. Book the master bedroom for 19th-century grandeur; a stately hotel.
  • Hillbrook Inn is a romantic bed & breakfast set in a heritage property in Charlestown, West Virginia. A quaint garden path leads to the Main House suites, dressed in antique, dark-wood furniture, plus hardwood floors adorned with oriental rugs. A full-service spa completes this cosy guesthouse.
  • The opulent Bluefield Inn is set in a southern style mansion with lovely spacious wrap-around porch, and boasts features such as a grand piano and dramatic red carpeted staircase to welcome visitors. Upstairs, regency design permeates the guestrooms, peppered with artwork and antiques.

For an apartment or villa

  • Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of villas and apartments in the nearby area.

Travel information

  • The best time to visit West Virginia is during the summer, when the temperature averages at around 27 degrees celsius.
  • Fly to Yeager Airport, (taking only domestic flights from other US hubs like Atlanta and Washington.
  • If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in West Virginia

  • Blennerhassett Hotel Parkersburg, West Virginia 89 rooms from £108

    A union of old-world charm with modern-day necessities make up this boutique in the heart of Ohio River Valley. Classic 1800s decor in the large, comfortable rooms. Enjoy Spats Restaurant wine menu, casual dining atmosphere and masterful dishes. Relax in the library or explore the local history.

    Sights nearby  -  Head to the the 1859 Henderson Hall which rests on 2,600 acres of plantation land.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Full of character
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  • The Escape WV, West Virginia 6 rooms from £117

    Hidden inside a quaint Lewisburg townhouse, this boutique hotel offers contemporary suites with homely soft furnishings. Located in the town's historic district, rooms look onto local landmarks from bright windows. Fully-equipped kitchenettes make the suites great for families; a friendly city stay.

    Families  -  The hotel's self-catered apartments are great for families, with larger suites offering a separate living room plus kitchenette
    Local exploring  -  Discover the historic district of Lewisburg easily from this hotel, with main attractions within walking distance
    City Style  -  Set in a traditional townhouse in the heart of historic Lewisburg, this hotel has lots of local city charm
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Bluefield Inn West Virginia 6 rooms from £120

    A southern-style mansion plays host to this opulent guesthouse in Bluefield, West Virginia. A classic piano and red velvet staircase welcome visitors; upstairs, regency design permeates the guestrooms, peppered with artwork and antiques. Unwind on the verandah after a game of pool; a stately hotel.

    Romantic Break  -  The hotel's romantic regency style makes it a great option for couples; book out the venue for a wedding or special occasion
    Local exploring  -  This hotel is well-located for exploring West Virginia, set in close proximity to Pinnacle Rock State Park
    City Style  -  Set in a former plantation house in Bluefield, this hotel has lots of local city style
    Great walks  -  Explore Bluefied on foot with a long walk through the city; pass through the pretty Lotito City Park
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  • The General Lewis Inn West Virginia 24 rooms from £121

    This ornate, heritage inn sits in downtown Lewisburg. Individually styled guestrooms are designed to capture the essence of the property, with lovingly restored wooden floors, porcelain fittings and period antiques. Book the master bedroom for 19th-century grandeur; a stately hotel.

    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the restored heritage details at this historic inn; book the master bedroom for true, late 19th-century grandeur
    City Style  -  Set in a landmark heritage property in downtown Lewisburg, this hotel has lots of local city charm
    Local exploring  -  With a great, central location in Lewisburg, this hotel is perfectly placed for local exploring
    Great walks  -  Explore the picturesque streets of historic Lewisburg on a long walk; visit Maple Street, a national historic district
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  • Hillbrook Inn WV, West Virginia 19 rooms from £147

    This romantic bed & breakfast occupies a heritage property in Charles Town, West Virginia. A quaint garden path leads to the Main House suites, dressed in antique, dark-wood furniture. Hardwood floors boast oriental rugs for a luxurious aesthetic. A full-service spa completes this cosy guesthouse.

    City Style  -  Set in a beautifully restored heritage property in Charles Town, this hotel makes a chic city break
    Romantic Break  -  Couples love the luxury touches at this boutique inn; book a deluxe suite for a private spa bath
    Spa breaks  -  With a full-service spa onsite, make sure to pamper yourself with a treatment during your stay
    Great walks  -  Explore the countryside around West Virginia on a long walk; request a picnic hamper from the hotel for added indulgence
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