The state of West Virginia is in northeastern USA within the Appalachian Mountain range. Its limestone karst geology has given the area cool trout lakes, dense forests and excellent cave systems. The highest point is Spruce Knob at 4,863 feet (1,482 metres) and like much of the state is covered in dense forest which is home to a huge range of wildlife.
The Appalachian Mountains are a popular place for vacations rentals in West Virginia’s unspoilt natural beauty. Recreational caving (also known as spelunking), potholing, climbing, hiking, hunting and mountain biking can all be enjoyed by visitors. The gushing rivers and lakes are ideal for exciting activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking and canoeing along with fishing. In winter, the higher elevations are ideal for skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and other winter sports. To discover more about West Virginia’s interesting history take a guided tour of historic Charleston.
The Potomac Highlands in the northeast offer great West Virginia holiday rentals which are well located for skiing and caving along with visiting the state’s Civil War heritage sites. The southern part of West Virginia is popular for whitewater rafting adventures and has beautiful natural parks. Charleston, the state capital is in the Metro area to the southwest and is a cultural centre and popular destination for tourists. See the Capitol building with its dome covered in gold leaf, and tour the Cultural Center and the Governor’s Mansion. The town of Huntingdon on the Ohio River has a historic area of preserved antique buildings and a 52-acre site of Appalachian, American and European Art at the Museum of Art. Harper’s Ferry is a famous Civil War site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in West Virginia.
Most of West Virginia has a humid continental climate with hot dry summers and cold winters, although it is cooler at any time of year at higher elevations. Average daytime temperatures range from 88°F (31°C) in summer to 45°F (7°C) in winter and below freezing overnight The lower eastern part of the state has less rainfall than the rest of the state and most rainfall occurs between April and September. The climate can be persistently cloudy. Those staying in holiday rentals in West Virginia during the winter will see plenty of snowfall with an average of 34 inches falling in Charleston and more on the higher mountains.
West Virginia holiday rentals are accessible from Yeager (CRW) Airport in Charleston. It is served by Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Airways who between them offer 70 daily flights to 10 major cities. Air France also offers direct flights to West Virginia from various European cities.