In the spring of 2023, my first book (co-authored with one of my lifelong besties) was published. 100 Things to Do in West Virginia Before You Die is part of a national book series by Reedy Press. I am so thrilled to have had my dream come to fruition and to be promoting my beautiful home state. I hope you will find many new reasons to love Wild, Wonderful West Virginia after reading this bucket list and travel guide book.
From the book: The beautiful state of West Virginia has many nicknames dedicated to her natural beauty. Whether you know the state of West Virginia as “Wild and Wonderful,” “Almost Heaven,” or “the Mountain State,” there is no better way to experience all the natural beauty here than to load up the car and immerse yourself in its wonder. 100 Things to Do in West Virginia Before You Die gives ideas for seeing the best of the Mountain State, with insider tips sharing fun facts and personal recommendations. With carefully crafted itineraries for the whole family, visitors and locals alike will be ready to traverse the state like a true mountaineer.
Take the back roads and discover the smallest church in the continental US, built before Hawaii and Alaska entered statehood, its white steeple standing out amongst picturesque scenery. Visit the most powerful and largest steerable radio telescope in the world, nestled in the middle of a national forest. Breathe in fresh mountain air and hike through some of the prettiest scenic vistas you will find anywhere, especially along the Hatfield-McCoy Trails, named after that famous family feud . . .
Learn about the importance of the coal mine and glass industries and how local African Americans played a big part in World War I. West Virginia has it all, with everything from rich culture to beautiful architecture to iconic eateries.
West Virginia-born-and-raised professional travel writer Melody Pittman and lifelong resident and seasoned WV traveler Angie Richards invite you to explore the places they’ve curated through memorable trips of their own. They wrote this book to dazzle you with the beauty of “Almost Heaven, West Virginia,” up your history knowledge, fill your taste buds with delicious bites, and introduce you to new, exciting WV finds.
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