New state travel guide is available

CHARLESTON – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Division of Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver have announced the 2013 West Virginia Official State Travel Guide is available free at Welcome Center locations statewide or by request.

“Travelers from near and far can learn, research, and plan great adventures in West Virginia with the new guide or a click on their smartphone,” Gov. Tomblin said.

Including shopping and dining, outdoor recreation and lodging or culture and history events and entertainment, the guide is arranged by state travel regions, they said.

This year’s cover photo features a fireworks display above the State Capitol in observance of the state’s 150th birthday. The guide also includes a sesquicentennial theme featuring 150 opportunities to experience the mountain state, 150 reasons to love West Virginia state parks, and a Scout’s guide to family fun welcoming the Boy Scouts of America and their families to the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve for the National Scout Jamboree later next year.

The compact guide is easy to carry. Smartphone users may access its information online via QR codes on select ads. It also can be found at the state Division of Tourism’s website at or obtained by calling (800) 225-5982.