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NOV 2016

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S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : P U E R T O R I C O November 2016 56 www.sportseventsmagazine.com West Virginia is known for its beautiful mountainous terrain and forestland perfect for skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking, but the state boasts so much more. The Mountain State boasts four seasons of outdoor recreation — perfect for sports like fishing, swimming, golfing, and baseball — and a location that's easily accessible whether flying or driving. "The state's natural beauty is a huge draw to travelers," said Andrea Bond, public information specialist for West Virginia Division of Tourism. "We also have affordable lodging, a wide variety of dining options and are centrally located within a day's drive of 75 percent of the U.S. population." n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at www.sportseventsmagazine.com West Virginia's Sports Events Scene… Cheerleading in Huntington West Virginia Beckley Beckley is located in Raleigh County, which is in the southern portion of the state. With numerous lakes and 17 golf courses, the area is a popular spot for fishing and golf. Hotels: Approximately 20 properties Major facility: Freedom Park includes a basketball court and skate park. Numerous local colleges offer a variety of athletic venues. Contact: Beckley Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, www.brccc.com. Bridgeport Bridgeport offers whitewater rafting, kay- aking and canoeing opportunities, some of the most beautiful experiences in the state. The area features several area golf courses, including the Pete Dye Golf Club which has hosted Nationwide Tour events. Bridgeport Recreation Complex is a top venue in Bridgeport, a city in north-central West Virginia. Hotel rooms: 1,150 Hotel tax rate: 13 percent Major facility: Bridgeport Recreation Complex hosts baseball, softball, soccer, flag and youth football and cross country. Contact: Greater Bridgeport CVB, www.greater-bridgeport.com. Charleston The capital and largest city in West Virginia is Charleston. The city offers an excellent selection of accommodations, restaurants and venues. The downtown area alone has seven hotels with more than 1,450 rooms that are within walking distance to the Charleston Civic Center. See The Light The Summersville Lake Lighthouse was erected overlooking Summersville Lake in Mount Nebo in October 2012 and stands 104 feet tall with a top elevation of 2,164 feet above sea level. Guests can climb the 77,000- pound structure to view the area on a 360-degree gallery deck that offers unparalleled views of the lake and recreation area. n S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : W E S T V I R G I N I A t Mary Almond

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