24 days in West Virginia Itinerary

24 days in West Virginia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock West Virginia itinerary planner

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Charleston
— 4 nights
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Fayetteville
— 3 nights
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White Sulphur Springs
— 1 night
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Weston
— 3 nights
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Wheeling
— 4 nights
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Davis
— 3 nights
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Harpers Ferry
— 5 nights
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Charleston

— 4 nights
Charleston is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. Venture out of the city with trips to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park (in Parkersburg), Blenko Glass Co (in Milton) and Huntington (Heritage Farm Museum and Village & Ritter Park). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at West Virginia State Museum, see the interesting displays at Mothman Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Capitol Market, and get into the urban bustle at Culture Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Charleston vacation builder site.

Des Moines to Charleston is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Des Moines to Charleston due to the time zone difference. In May in Charleston, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fayetteville.

Things to do in Charleston

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Fayetteville

— 3 nights
Fayetteville is a town in and the county seat of Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. Explore Fayetteville's surroundings by going to Beckley (Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum & Grandview State Park). There's much more to do: snap pictures at New River Gorge Bridge, admire the majestic nature at Babcock State Park, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for gifts at Tamarack Marketplace.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Fayetteville planning tool.

Drive from Charleston to Fayetteville in 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Charleston in May: highs in Fayetteville hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to White Sulphur Springs.

Things to do in Fayetteville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

White Sulphur Springs

— 1 night
White Sulphur Springs is a city in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United States. On the 9th (Sun), expand your understanding of the military at Greenbrier Government Relocation Facility, identify plant and animal life at The Greenbrier, then relax and rejuvenate at The Salt Cave and Spa, and finally identify plant and animal life at Blue Bend Recreation Area.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the White Sulphur Springs online route planner.

You can drive from Fayetteville to White Sulphur Springs in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Weston.

Things to do in White Sulphur Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Spas

Weston

— 3 nights
Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Weston side-trips: Holly River State Park (in Hacker Valley), Elkins (Augusta Heritage Center & The Stirrup Gallery of Davis & Elkins College) and Audra State Park (in Buckhannon). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, do a tasting at Lambert's Vintage Wines, view the masterpieces at Appalachian Glass, and snap pictures at Philippi bridge.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Weston trip planner.

Getting from White Sulphur Springs to Weston by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Weston are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Wheeling.

Things to do in Weston

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wheeling

— 4 nights
Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. state of West Virginia. Venture out of the city with trips to Cheat Lake Trail (in Cheat Lake), Pricketts Fort State Park (in Fairmont) and Morgantown (West Virginia University, Don Knotts Statue, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of West Virginia Penitentiary, appreciate the history behind Madonna of the Trail, try your luck at Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center, and get engrossed in the history at Cockayne Farmstead.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wheeling day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Weston to Wheeling in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In May in Wheeling, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Davis.

Things to do in Wheeling

Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games · Museums

Side Trips

Davis

— 3 nights
Davis is a town in Tucker County, West Virginia, along the Blackwater River. Change things up with these side-trips from Davis: Coopers Rock State Forest (in Bruceton Mills), Seneca Rocks (in Seneca Rocks) and Spruce Knob (in Riverton). Spend the 19th (Wed) among lush scenery at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. It doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Blackwater Falls State Park and view the masterpieces at WVHighlands Artisan Gallery.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Davis online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Wheeling to Davis in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Davis

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry

— 5 nights
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Change things up with a short trip to Cacapon Resort State Park in Berkeley Springs (about 1h 5 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, contemplate the long history of John Brown's Fort, don't miss a visit to Jefferson Rock, and relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Harpers Ferry online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Davis to Harpers Ferry takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough 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.