7 days in Roanoke, West Virginia & Columbus Itinerary

7 days in Roanoke, West Virginia & Columbus Itinerary

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Roanoke
— 2 nights
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Charleston
— 1 night
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Columbus
— 3 nights

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Roanoke

— 2 nights
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. On the 19th (Mon), stop by Chocolatepaper, identify plant and animal life at Bottom Creek Gorge, then steep yourself in history at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Big Lick Brewing Company. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Salem Museum, identify plant and animal life at Read Mountain Preserve, then view the masterpieces at The Little Gallery, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Roanoke online itinerary planner.

Raleigh to Roanoke is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or fly; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Charleston.

Things to do in Roanoke

Wildlife · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums

Side Trip

Charleston

— 1 night
Charleston is the capital and the largest city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Shoney's Big Boy Museum, stroll the grounds of Spring Hill Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Craik-Patton House, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Charleston trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Roanoke to Charleston takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Columbus.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Columbus

— 3 nights

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wagner-Hagans Auto Museum and Glen Helen Nature Preserve. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Jubilee Museum and Sherman House Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Columbus: Rockside Winery and Vineyards (in Lancaster) and Frank Lloyd Wright's Westcott House (in Springfield). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Arena District, take in the exciting artwork at Ohio Arts Council's Riffe Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Ohio History Center, and admire the natural beauty at Topiary Garden.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Columbus holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Charleston to Columbus takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Charleston in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Columbus, with highs around 64°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Columbus

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.