At the risk of sounding like we’re openly cheerleading the place, West Virginia is a magical place for folks who love the great outdoors.
Located in the heart of Postindustrial America, West Virginia has world-class rock climbing, adrenaline-pumping whitewater rafting, countless miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and much, much more.
We’ve had our fair share of adventures in The Mountain State, so we can personally attest to all the joys you’ll find there.
A great place to start your West Virginia journey is the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve, where all the aforementioned excitement is readily available.
And if none of those things float your boat, the sight of the expansive and impressive New River Gorge Bridge alone is worth the visit.
After a long day of doing what your heart desires in the park, head to nearby Fayetteville, where there are some excellent dining options and plenty of places to tip back a hand-crafted brew.
The town is also a draw for artists and other creators who showcase their wares in cute storefronts. One evening in town and you’ll start fantasizing about what it would be like to live among artisans and rock-climbing fanatics who’ve made Fayetteville their home.
But don’t just hang out there. West Virginia is full of places like Fayetteville that are adjacent to the outdoor activities you love, be it in Morgantown, home of West Virginia University, or Martinsburg, which has experienced a rebirth in recent years, attracting the weekend getaway crowd from nearby Washington, D.C., with its delightful art scene and dining.
And don’t forget the state capital, Charleston, where the golden dome of the government seat shines in the late afternoon sun while you stroll along the Kanawha River.
There’s so much to see and do in West Virginia is no wonder it’s become a secret “it” spot for digital nomads looking for a better balance between their work and play lives.
Just a few days in West Virginia and you’ll be wondering how you can talk your boss into letting you make the move too.
By Carmen Gentile | Photographs by Justin Merriman