Earlier this yr, Gov. Jim Justice unveiled the brand new West Virginia Trip Information, a journey inspiration journal to advertise the state.
Southern West Virginia — specifically, the Hatfield and McCoy Mountains in Mingo and Logan counties — was acknowledged as one of many state’s high journey locations for vacationers.
The 128-page particular part guides readers to start their journey to the Hatfield and McCoy Mountains in Williamson by visiting the Coal Home and the historic Mountaineer Resort earlier than grabbing a chunk to eat at 34:Ate and hitting the Hatfield and McCoy Path System for some high-thrills enjoyable on the close by Buffalo Mountain Trailhead.
From there, the information recommends to park the ATV again in Williamson and head on the winding US 119 northeast to Logan County to take a look at Chief Logan State Park.
Whereas in Logan County, vacationers are beneficial to cease to eat at Morrison’s Drive Inn after which head for dessert at close by Nu-Period Bakery earlier than heading on WV Route 44 towards Gilbert to go to the Hatfield and McCoy Moonshine Distillery, which is the one authorized moonshine distillery in Mingo County.
After making an attempt Satan Anse’s “white lightning,” the journey says to make the brief drive by means of the winding roads to the close by history-rich city of Matewan.
Whereas in Matewan take a look at the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum to discover the struggles that came about as miners fought for rights within the early 1900s.
To spherical out the journey, the information suggests to take the hour-long Hatfield and McCoy Airboat Tour down the Tug River between West Virginia and Kentucky led by native Keith Gibson.
This yr’s information is a particular version celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discharge of John Denver’s “Take Me Dwelling, Nation Roads.”
“I’ve been saying it because the first day I took workplace: John Denver absolutely acquired it proper when he coined ‘Nearly Heaven, West Virginia.’ The track is an ideal love letter to our nice state, and one which so many know by coronary heart,” Gov. Justice stated. “I’m so happy with this new information. It showcases our 4 stunning seasons, unmatched outside actions and several other of our unimaginable small mountain cities.”
Work on the 2021 Trip Information had begun previous to the pandemic, nevertheless, the information’s focus shifted barely as new journey traits emerged exhibiting the post-COVID traveler’s want for highway journeys, outside recreation and crowd-free small cities.
These traits align with not solely the experiences West Virginia has to supply guests, but in addition the anniversary of Denver’s beloved tune. The brand new information focuses closely on highway journeys throughout the Mountain State.
“As quickly as we noticed the analysis on highway journeys, we knew we had the right pitch,” stated Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby. “Summer time highway journeys in West Virginia result in locations the place people can reconnect with what’s been lacking over the previous yr. It’s the identical sense of longing folks really feel every time they hear ‘Nation Roads.’ ”
The 2021 Trip Information was produced in partnership with Meredith Journey Advertising and marketing, a number one writer that produces Southern Dwelling, Actual Easy and Mother and father.
Greater than 100,000 West Virginia Trip Guides might be included with subscriber copies of Southern Dwelling, Actual Easy and Mother and father magazines to encourage summer season highway journeys to the Mountain State.
The Trip Information additionally options interactive content material with using QR codes all through. When scanned, codes carry the guides to life in a digital format and unlock unique content material similar to new covers of “Nation Roads” by West Virginia artists and journey inspiration from greater than 50 tourism companions.
“Our objective was to create a brand new advertising piece that helps guests plan their journey every time they might be prepared. Spring, summer season, winter or fall – you’ll discover journey suggestions and concepts for all seasons,” Ruby stated. “By including interactive parts, we are going to proceed to replace and share new content material with potential vacationers all yr lengthy.”
To request a duplicate of the particular version West Virginia Trip information, go to wvtourism.com.