I’m from West Virginia and largely it depends on the kind of person you are what is must-see. I’d personally recommend the Tucker County area (although the whole Allegheny Highlands area is gorgeous. Seneca Rocks is worth the drive and if you’re a caver, the sinks of Gandy is a neat experience.) The Dolly Sods Wilderness, the Blackwater Canyon, pretty little artsy towns with ski resorts next door, Canaan Valley, Lindy Point, trout fishing streams, waterfalls, mountain vistas. It’s God’s Country.
For food, pepperoni rolls. I heard them described as ‘like West Virginians, simple, hard-working and utilitarian.’ They’re one of those things that I don’t understand why the whole country hasn’t caught on to them yet. They’re the perfect anytime food. I used to recommend ramps, but now that hipsters have gotten ahold of them and we’re on the verge of population collapse, I no longer do. I do recommend pawpaws, but you’ve gotta be traveling here in such a small window and actually gather them yourself, so most people will miss them. Pies and Pints, Geno’s and Tudor’s Biscuit World are our quintessential food chains, so I guess you can stop, but I don’t find any of them particularly impressive. Pies and Pints is solid enough, but I don’t think it’s something you’ll be tasting in your dreams later.
If you’re down south, then I’d say ‘The Bridge Walk’ across New River Gorge bridge. I’d also say the Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley. It’s an actual old mine that they take you into on a mantrip. Good rafting down there too if you’re up for that.