9 days in Northeast Georgia Mountains & West Virginia Itinerary

9 days in Northeast Georgia Mountains & West Virginia Itinerary

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Helen
— 2 nights
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Drive to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Fly to Yeager Airport, Drive to Beckley
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Beckley
— 1 night
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Moundsville
— 1 night
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Elkins
— 3 nights
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Harpers Ferry
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Helen

— 2 nights

Georgia's Alpine Village

A taste of Bavaria right in the heart of Georgia's "Historic High Country," Helen houses just 400 residents but hosts over 200 shops that sell everything from handmade sweaters to Christmas ornaments.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get your game on at Bavarian Mountain Miniature Golf. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Brasstown Bald and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helen travel route planner.

Mobile to Helen is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mobile to Helen due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mobile in October: high temperatures in Helen hover around 70°F and lows are around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beckley.

Things to do in Helen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Beckley

— 1 night
Beckley is a city in and the county seat of Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and Youth Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Beckley trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helen to Beckley. Traveling from Helen in October, you will find days in Beckley are slightly colder (65°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Moundsville.

Things to do in Beckley

Shopping · Museums

Moundsville

— 1 night
Moundsville is a city in Marshall County, West Virginia, along the Ohio River. On the 9th (Wed), steep yourself in history at West Virginia Penitentiary, examine the collection at Castle Halloween Museum, then see the interesting displays at Fostoria Glass Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Archive of the Afterlife, "A Paranormal Museum".

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Moundsville trip planner.

You can drive from Beckley to Moundsville in 4 hours. In October in Moundsville, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Elkins.

Things to do in Moundsville

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Elkins

— 3 nights
Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. Let the collections at Appalachian Glass and Green Bank Observatory capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and Iron Horse Statue. Explore Elkins' surroundings by going to West Virginia State Wildlife Center (in French Creek) and Cheat Mountain Ridge Natural Trail (in Snowshoe). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Dolly Sods and take a peaceful walk through Bickel Knob Observation Tower.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Elkins trip tool.

You can drive from Moundsville to Elkins in 3 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Elkins when traveling from Moundsville in October, with lows around 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Harpers Ferry.

Things to do in Elkins

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Harpers Ferry

— 1 night
With a population of less than 300, Harpers Ferry is as quaint as they come.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and then hike along Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

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You can drive from Elkins to Harpers Ferry in 3.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Harpers Ferry

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

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.