20 days in West Virginia Itinerary

20 days in West Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Virginia vacation planner
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Charleston — 3 nights

Charleston is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Appalachian Power Park and West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Charleston: Ritter Park (in Huntington), Mothman Museum (in Point Pleasant) and Parkersburg (Fort Boreman Park & Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of West Virginia State Museum, get into the urban bustle at Culture Center, and admire the landmark architecture of West Virginia State Capitol.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Charleston travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Charleston. In January, daytime highs in Charleston are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Fayetteville.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Fayetteville — 2 nights

Fayetteville is a town in and the county seat of Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at New River Gorge, get a dose of the wild on TreeTops Canopy Tour, and then take in the views from New River Gorge Bridge. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Tamarack Marketplace and then stroll through Winterplace Ski Resort.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Fayetteville journey builder app.

You can drive from Charleston to Fayetteville in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Snowshoe.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
Side Trips

Snowshoe — 4 nights

Snowshoe is an unincorporated community in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States, centering on the Snowshoe Mountain ski resort. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Snowshoe Mountain Resort and Village at Snowshoe. Venture out of the city with trips to Lewisburg (Lost World Caverns & Hill and Holler Bicycle Works) and White Sulphur Springs (The Greenbrier & The Salt Cave and Spa). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Snowshoe Mountain Tubing Park and make a splash at Split Rock Pools.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Snowshoe trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Fayetteville to Snowshoe takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Fayetteville in January, you will find days in Snowshoe are slightly colder (34°F), and nights are about the same (20°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Davis.
Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Side Trips

Davis — 3 nights

Davis is a town in Tucker County, West Virginia, along the Blackwater River. Kids will enjoy White Grass Touring and Cafe and Canaan Valley Resort State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Seneca Rocks (Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides & Seneca Rocks). There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Blackwater Falls State Park and fly down the slopes at Timberline Mountain.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Davis day trip planner.

Drive from Snowshoe to Davis in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Snowshoe in January: highs in Davis hover around 43°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Harpers Ferry.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trip

Harpers Ferry — 3 nights

With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Appalachian National Scenic Trail. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Point, stop by DeFluri's, relax and rejuvenate at Vivo Day Spa, and make a trip to Restoration Museum.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Harpers Ferry trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Davis to Harpers Ferry by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Harpers Ferry are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Wheeling.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Wheeling — 4 nights

Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Kids will appreciate attractions like Oglebay Park and West Virginia Independence Hall. Get out of town with these interesting Wheeling side-trips: Archive of the Afterlife, "A Paranormal Museum" (in Moundsville) and West Virginia University (in Morgantown). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Suspension Bridge, contemplate the long history of West Virginia Penitentiary, admire the masterpieces at Oglebay Institute Glass Museum, and examine the collection at B&O Building.

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

You can fly from Harpers Ferry to Wheeling in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Harpers Ferry, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Wheeling, ranging from highs of 36°F to lows of 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive back home.
Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips

West Virginia travel guide

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.