LEWISBURG - Two areas in southern West Virginia are gaining national attention this weekend with the help of well-know publications.
The Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley is on a national to-do list for families traveling around the United States this summer. It was highlighted by the Huffington Post as a southeastern travel destination for a family that lives for fun.
The newspaper provides an interactive map of the U.S. for quick, inexpensive getaways.
The Exhibition Mine is a family-friendly destination that shows what the Mountain State is all about, according to the newspaper.
Three other state destinations on the list are a house made of coal near Williamson, Smoke Hole Caverns near Seneca Rocks and the National Radio Astronomy Conservatory near Green Bank.
Lewisburg, in Greenbrier County, is known as America's Coolest Small Town in 2011, but this year, Travel and Leisure Magazine named it America's fourth favorite Mountain Town.
It lists hiking, skiing, whitewater rafting, caving and rock climbing as some of the available activities.
Lewisburg was also named best for picnicking, cool souvenirs and vacation homes, according to the magazine.
Its well-preserved 18th and 19th century buildings helped it earn a No. 2 spot for historic sites.