12 days in West Virginia Itinerary

12 days in West Virginia Itinerary

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12 days in West Virginia Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Harpers Ferry
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Wheeling
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Elkins
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Fayetteville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Charleston
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
End: Jacksonville

2
nights
Harpers Ferry

Harpers Ferry ©
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
On the 8th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Keep things going the next day: pick up some local products at Orr's Farm Market, then get thoroughly spooked out with a ghost and vampire tour, and then try to win big at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Harpers Ferry itinerary planner.

Jacksonville to Harpers Ferry is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Jacksonville in October, things will get a bit cooler in Harpers Ferry: highs are around 68°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Wheeling.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Charles Town, Orr's Farm Market
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Orr's Farm Market ©
Orr's Farm Market

2
nights
Wheeling

Wheeling ©
Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, let the kids burn off some steam at Oglebay Park, see the interesting displays at Archive of the Afterlife: The National Museum of the Paranormal, then learn about all things military at Archive of the Afterlife: The National Museum of the Paranormal, and finally contemplate the long history of West Virginia Penitentiary. Keep things going the next day: try your luck at Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center, then appreciate the history behind Madonna of the Trail, then contemplate the long history of Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, and finally stroll around Grand Vue Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Wheeling road trip app .

Drive from Harpers Ferry to Wheeling in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Wheeling can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Elkins.

Things to do in Wheeling

Fun & Games Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moundsville
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Oglebay Park ©
Oglebay Park
Suspension Bridge ©
Suspension Bridge
West Virginia Penitentiary ©
West Virginia Penitentiary

3
nights
Elkins

Elkins ©
Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Elkins: Green Bank Observatory (in Green Bank), Weston (Appalachian Glass, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, & more) and Blackwater Falls State Park (in Davis). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dolly Sods, immerse yourself in nature at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, and steep yourself in history at Elkins Depot Welcome Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Elkins sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Wheeling to Elkins takes 3 hours. Traveling from Wheeling in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 42°F in Elkins. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Elkins

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Weston, Blackwater Falls State Park, Green Bank Observatory, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
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Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum ©
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Dolly Sods ©
Dolly Sods
Elkins Depot Welcome Center ©
Elkins Depot Welcome Center

2
nights
Fayetteville

Fayetteville ©
Fayetteville is a town in and the county seat of Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. On the 15th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through Babcock State Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at New River Gorge National River, and then take in the views from New River Gorge Bridge. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for gifts at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, and then examine the collection at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fayetteville trip planner .

Traveling by car from Elkins to Fayetteville takes 2.5 hours. October in Fayetteville sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Beckley, Babcock State Park, New River Gorge National River
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New River Gorge National River ©
New River Gorge National River
New River Gorge Bridge ©
New River Gorge Bridge

2
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Charleston is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): walk around Ritter Park, pause for some photo ops at West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, then take an in-depth tour of West Virginia State Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at West Virginia State Capitol. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get into the urban bustle at Culture Center, shop like a local with Blenko Glass Co, then see the interesting displays at Mothman Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at U.S. Navy Poster Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Charleston day trip website .

Drive from Fayetteville to Charleston in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in October, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Point Pleasant, Ritter Park, Blenko Glass Co
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West Virginia State Museum ©
West Virginia State Museum
West Virginia State Capitol ©
West Virginia State Capitol
Ritter Park ©
Ritter Park

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