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West Virginia's nickname is the Mountain State, and those words just about tell the whole story. West Virginia is mountains -- the Appalachians -- and travelers who love a strenuous hike, a breathtaking whitewater run, a rhododendron copse, and the tumble of clear water over rocks rubbed smooth by nature's sandpaper will find West Virginia a virtual paradise. If you're more inclined towards city ritz or indoor activities, skip this area and move on along to Cincinnati.
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This is a state that goes its own way. Already at odds with Virginia over representation and economic pursuits, West Virginia split off at the start of the Civil War when Virginia chose to fight on the Southern side. Then when West Virginians discovered coal, they moved away from their farm-based economy and became the United States's largest producer of the black stuff. Sparsely populated and definitely untouristy, West Virginia still calls to the explorer in each of us, and the legacy of its mountain culture -- think bluegrass, storytelling, patchwork quilts -- is as alive as it ever was.

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