8 days in West Virginia Itinerary

8 days in West Virginia Itinerary

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Drive
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Lansing
— 3 nights
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Elkins
— 3 nights
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Charles Town
— 1 night
Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport

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Lansing

Lansing is an unincorporated community in Fayette County, West Virginia, United States. On the 1st (Sun), explore the galleries of Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum, then look for gifts at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, and then snap pictures at New River Gorge Bridge. Keep things going the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Summersville Lake Lighthouse, then admire the majestic nature at Hawks Nest State Park, and then explore the striking landscape of New River Gorge National River.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lansing travel route planner.

Chicago to Lansing is an approximately 9-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In March, daytime highs in Lansing are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Elkins.

Things to do in Lansing

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Elkins

Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. Change things up with these side-trips from Elkins: Blackwater Falls State Park (in Davis), Snowshoe Mountain Resort (in Snowshoe) and Seneca Rocks (in Seneca Rocks). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and view the masterpieces at Appalachian Glass.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Elkins vacation planning website.

Drive from Lansing to Elkins in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lansing in April, Elkins is a bit cooler at night with lows of 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Charles Town.

Things to do in Elkins

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Charles Town

Charles Town, officially the City of Charles Town, is a city in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and is also the county seat. On the 6th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. On the next day, try your luck at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races and then trek along Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read Charles Town road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Elkins to Charles Town takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in April, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Charles Town

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.