11 days in West Virginia Itinerary

11 days in West Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Virginia vacation maker

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Beckley
— 2 nights
Drive
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Elkins
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cheat Lake
— 2 nights
Drive
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Harpers Ferry
— 3 nights
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Beckley

— 2 nights
Beckley is a city in and the county seat of Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. Escape the urban bustle at Grandview State Park and Blue Bend Recreation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beckley: Lost World Caverns (in Lewisburg), New River Gorge Bridge (in Fayetteville) and TreeTops Canopy Tour (in Lansing). There's still lots to do: stroll through The Greenbrier, stop by Tamarack Marketplace, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and see the interesting displays at Whipple Company Store and Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Beckley holiday planner.

Roanoke to Beckley is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. When traveling from Roanoke in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Beckley, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Elkins.

Things to do in Beckley

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Elkins

— 3 nights
Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. The community was incorporated in 1890 and named in honor of Stephen Benton Elkins (1841–1911), a U.S. Senator from West Virginia. For shopping fun, head to Appalachian Glass or WVHighlands Artisan Gallery. Escape the urban bustle at Blackwater Falls State Park and West Virginia State Wildlife Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Elkins: Cass Scenic Railroad State Park (in Cass) and Cheat Mountain Ridge Natural Trail (in Snowshoe). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dolly Sods, contemplate the long history of Iron Horse Statue, explore the galleries of Elkins Depot Welcome Center CVB, Inc., and take a peaceful walk through Bickel Knob Observation Tower.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Elkins route planner.

Traveling by car from Beckley to Elkins takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cheat Lake.

Things to do in Elkins

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Cheat Lake

— 2 nights
On the 1st (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Valley Falls State Park, then take a peaceful walk through Coopers Rock State Forest, and then trek along Cheat Lake Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Tygart Lake State Park, stroll through Pricketts Fort State Park, and then gain insight at West Virginia University.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cheat Lake trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Elkins to Cheat Lake takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Cheat Lake

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry

— 3 nights
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Orr's Farm Market and O'Hurley's General Store. Get in touch with nature at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Harpers Ferry: Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area (in Hedgesville) and Old Norbourne Cemetery (in Martinsburg). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get great views at The Point, try to win big at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Harpers Ferry trip planner.

Getting from Cheat Lake to Harpers Ferry by car takes about 3 hours. In July in Harpers Ferry, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

West Virginia travel guide

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Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.