West Virginia is actually a great state. People underestimate it and I hate when people say it's full of Rednecks, because it's not (although that depends on what part of the state you go to)
Both of my parents are from Parkersburg and we make a yearly trip to visit family still in Parkersburg. Parkersburg is a great area, it has a wide variety of people. It's town varies in living standards. You may be in the slumps 1 minute, make a right turn and you see a development of houses $500,000+.
Blennerhasset Island is a great place to visit too. It's located on the Ohio River, about 15 miles from Parkersburg.
While driving through Charleston, we always stop at an attraction called "Tamarak"
It's a great place to rest after a long drive, look at some cool things, and get some really good food.
Parkersburg's full of rednecks. J/K, I grew up there.
The Tamarack is actually in Beckley, about an hour or so south of Charleston on I-77. It's a very interesting facility, and contains a collection of handmade arts and crafts, all made by West Virginia artisans.
This place Heritage Farm Museum and Villiage of Huntington, West Virginia is another reason to visit. once a year las saturday in may the whole farmis alive with many volenteers they have a staem engine not just running but running a saw mill and they are sawing ceder roof shingles. they are shearing sheep and milking cows,....
I missed it this year but it really is something to see.
You can even rent on of the small houses for a honeymoon.