After graduating from college and working full-time in a temporary position, I let my heart lead the way and packed my bags for West Virginia where a good man and a good job were waiting for me. 3 months later, here’s what I’ve learned…
1. Beneath the Mountain State runs an underground adventure-land: Caves!
The state’s underground frontier of more than 4,000 caves attracts adrenaline seekers and curious adventurers from all over. In fact, tourism is the state’s leading industry. For more info on caving in WV, check out The Underground Frontier.
Seneca Caverns, Riverton, WV
2. Contrary to popular belief, there are smart people…lots of them!
West Virginia University’s School of Medicine’s rural medicine program was ranked number 3 in U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” and the Engineering School’s aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering program was ranked 47.
Our educated folks aren’t only retirees looking for peace and quiet. There are plenty of smart, successful residents under 30 making a difference! Check out WV Living’s Thirty Under 30.
3. There are more than 50 state parks/forests.
You want to go hiking? We’ve got you covered. Planning a hunting or fishing trip? Take your pick. Renting a cabin for a romantic or family getaway? There are plenty. No matter what outdoor adventure you’re planning, you can find it here in West Virginia. Read more about our various state parks here.
Babcock State Park, Danese, WV
4. The speed limit is 70.
Okay, I’ll be honest. The drivers here aren’t exactly as skilled as I’m used to (hey Jersey!) But if you have the need for speed, we’ve got it. The highways rarely have traffic and the speed limit is 70 so obviously you can go 80 without getting a ticket. Don’t hold me to that, I’m no cop.
5. We know how to party.
There are more than 12 breweries in the state and more than 15 wineries. Also, West Virginia University has been ranked the No. 1 party school for years by Playboy and The Princeton Review. Not to mention, despite the hullabaloo about its accuracy, we all saw Buckwild. Now you know how Jersey folks felt about Jersey Shore.
I’m not a West Virginia native but it sure is becoming easier and easier to adapt to this place.