31 days in West Virginia, North Dakota & Colorado Itinerary

31 days in West Virginia, North Dakota & Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Pittsburgh International Airport, Drive to Wheeling
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Wheeling
— 3 nights
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Weston
— 2 nights
Drive
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Charleston
— 4 nights
Fly
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Bismarck
— 3 nights
Drive
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Medora
— 3 nights
Fly
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Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Drive
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Denver
— 5 nights
Fly

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Wheeling

Wheeling is a city in Ohio and Marshall counties in the U.S. Wheeling is known for parks, casinos, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of West Virginia Penitentiary, let little ones run wild at Oglebay Park, examine the collection at Fostoria Glass Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Oglebay Institute Glass Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Wheeling trip itinerary planning app.

Milan, Italy to Wheeling is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Milan in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -1°C in Wheeling. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Weston.

Things to do in Wheeling

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Weston

Weston is a city in Lewis County, West Virginia, United States. On the 5th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Appalachian Glass, then learn about all things military at Mountaineer Military Museum, and then examine the collection at Museum of American Glass. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of WVU Jackson's Mill Farmstead, then shop like a local with West Virginia American Art Glass, and then contemplate the long history of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Weston vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Wheeling to Weston in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Weston

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Charleston

Charleston is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Charleston: Point Pleasant (U.S. Navy Poster Museum, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, &more), New River Gorge Bridge (in Fayetteville) and Grandview State Park (in Beckley). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at West Virginia State Museum, hunt for treasures at Capitol Market, stroll the grounds of Spring Hill Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Charleston online travel planner.

Drive from Weston to Charleston in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Charleston, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Bismarck.

Things to do in Charleston

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

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Bismarck

Bismarck is the capital of the U.S. Bismarck is known for museums, zoos & aquariums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, explore the activities along Harmon Lake, engage your brain at Gateway to Science, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Dakota Zoo.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bismarck road trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Charleston to Bismarck with the Route module. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Charleston in December; daily highs in Bismarck reach -3°C and lows reach -16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Medora.

Things to do in Bismarck

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Medora

Medora is a city in Billings County, North Dakota, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Medora: Longhorn Pullout (in Watford City) and Theodore Roosevelt National Park (Caprock-Coulee Trail, Oxbow Overlook, &more). Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at South Unit. There's more to do: ride a horse along Maah Daah Hey Trail and contemplate the long history of Von Hoffman House.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Medora trip maker.

Traveling by car from Bismarck to Medora takes 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bismarck to Medora. In December, daily temperatures in Medora can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Medora

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chapel on the Rock (in Allenspark) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Alluvial Fan, Bear Lake, &more). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, and explore the activities along Sprague Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Medora to Estes Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, Estes Park is somewhat warmer than Medora - with highs of 9°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Colorado Springs

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Pueblo (Center for American Values, Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum, &more). Pack the 22nd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, take a memorable drive along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip builder tool.

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Denver

Mile-High City

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Carousel of Happiness (in Nederland), Boulder (Colorado Chautauqua: Park & Pearl Street Mall) and Georgetown (Guanella Pass & Capital Prize Gold Mine Tour). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Denver Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum, see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Denver trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Denver, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Parks

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.

North Dakota travel guide

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National Parks · History Museums · Historic Sites
Geographic Center of the North American Continent
A primarily rural state, North Dakota is the ancient home of the Lakota tribe. Norwegian settlers once made up the European population, and one of the state's major attractions is the Norsk Høstfest, the largest Norwegian festival in the United States. The vast plains and never-ending sky inspire the many orchestras that call the state home. The spirituality of the music is second only to the spirituality of the people, as the state has the nation's highest percentage of churchgoing residents. The state's open fields are conducive to fishing, hunting, and winter activities.

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.