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Cheap Flights to West Virginia

West Virginia is largely rural, with rolling hills, verdant valleys, and in the east, the heavily forested Appalachian Mountains. This is the land of Daniel Boone, of historic monuments and boasting a newly awakened technological industry. If you're ready to check out this amazing southern state, let Skyscanner's innovative search engine help you find the cheapest airfares and the best routes for your trip. Book your hotel and that rental car and get packing.

Best Time to Book a Flight to West Virginia

Much of West Virginia, except in the more mountainous areas in the east, is considered humid subtropical. Average state temperatures in the height of summer hover just under the 30 degree Celsius mark. In winter, especially in January, it can get below freezing. The best time to go with comfortable temperatures and milder humidity is from the end of April through mid-June and again from mid-September to mid-October. The latter period is also "leaf peeping" season, which brings photographers eager to catch the fall colours. Holidays also see heavy travel. If you are flexible with your dates and book early, you can still find a bargain during these busy times. Skyscanner can help. Use the Whole Month Search program to find the least expensive days to fly. Mid-week is usually your best option. Once you find a great fare, book it. Chances are it won't last.

What to Expect When Arriving at West Virginia Airports

  • Named for General Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, the Yeager Airport (CRW) is only six kilometres from downtown Charleston. American, Delta, United and Spirit Airlines are the main carriers. Between them, they provide air service to and from Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Chicago O'Hare and Fort Lauderdale. All fly daily except Spirit Airlines, which is Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Passenger services such as restaurants and shops are in both pre and post security areas. An ATM is next to baggage claim and cell phone/computer charging stations are available near boarding Gates A, B and C. Rental car desks are in baggage claim and the vehicles are in a special rental car lot just outside the arrival doors. Taxis pull up next to that same lot. A taxi ride to downtown Charleston WV runs about $22.00 CAD with average traffic. You'll need US Dollars for the fare.
  • The North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB) is actually located in Bridgeport but is more often associated with Clarksburg, an 11-kilometre drive. Allegiant Air and United Express are the two carriers providing scheduled passenger service to this compact, one-terminal facility. Rental cars are available right at the terminal, your best option to explore this rural area. Taxi service is metered, with a fare into downtown Clarksburg averaging $28.00 CAD. Airport parking is free.
  • Located 17 kilometres east of Huntington, the Tri-State Airport (HTS), is near the West Virginia border with Kentucky and Ohio. Allegiant Air, serving various Florida destinations, and American Airlines, with non-stop flights to Charlotte, North Carolina, are the two major carriers. The small airport has one terminal and a combined waiting area serving three gates. The rental car desks are next to the airline ticketing counters. This is also a rural area, so that rental car is your best transportation option. Taxis are outside baggage claim doors. A ride into Huntington costs roughly $45.00 CAD with moderate traffic.

What to See and Do in West Virginia

  • Charleston, the West Virginia capital, was once a frontier town and the home of the famed Daniel Boone. Today, its State Capitol, complete with a 23-karat golden dome and early 20th century architecture, is the focal point of the downtown area. Stroll the grounds to find statues of Abraham Lincoln and Stonewall Jackson. Nearby is the Cultural Center, containing art and history exhibits focusing on West Virginia. Daniel Boone has his own monument, a public park along the Kanawha River with picnic areas and a boat ramp. Immerse yourself in the past by taking a stroll through the East End Historical District or along Capitol Street. The latter is filled with quaint shops and cafes, perfect for that afternoon break.
  • Located in the northern part of the state, and decidedly rural, Clarksburg was named after General George Rogers Clark, the brother of William Clark, famed for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Stonewall Jackson was born here and you'll find a plaque and his statue in the downtown historic district. You'll also find a court house done in the art-deco style, the vintage Waldo Hotel and several restored mansions. Head to Simpson Creek and find the Ten Mile Creek Covered Bridge, dating back to 1891. It's on the National Registry of Historic Places, and, since it was restored, is safe to walk across. For a day trip, head to Watters Smith State Park, a 20-kilometre drive southwest of town. Log cabins and other restored buildings, some dating back to the late 1700s, as well as a museum dedicated to pioneer life, are part of this historical park.
  • Fronting the Ohio River, Huntington sits on the northwest corner of West Virginia. It's a draw for antique lovers, having almost a dozen antique shops in the Old Central City neighbourhood. You'll also find a vintage farmers market and café and a gazebo where outdoor performances are held. Pullman Square is one of the main retail areas. Once part of the railroad yard, it's been nicely landscaped with greenery, inviting benches and a water fountain. Museum lovers, you have several choices, including the Huntington Museum of Art, the Heritage Farm Museum and Village and the Museum of Radio and Technology. The J. Taylor Auto Collection has several early models of Fords and Chevrolets, while the Touma Medical Museum is home to an interesting but rather creepy medical equipment collection. For some outdoor relaxation, stroll the banks of the Ohio River at the Harris Riverfront Park.

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