By Samora Noguera
West Virginia
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Blessed with a history predating that of the United States, Wheeling, West Virginia is the jewel of the Ohio River Valley. Alliteration and history aside, Wheeling is a city with gems for eco-tourists and epicureans. Although the Northern Panhandle is not known as a tourism hotbed, encourages the rediscovery of this American treasure.

Reaching Wheeling is easy; just fly in to Wheeling-Ohio County Airport (HLG), a mere eight miles from Wheeling’s central business district. Select the following link to book your flight to Wheeling with ( For hotel accommodations, recommends one of Wheeling’s many affordable and comfortable hotels. Select the following link (, to book a hotel with, and enjoy Wheeling.

Wheeling is full of year-round attractions for active people. With hundreds of miles of trails for runners and cyclists, rivers and creeks for kayakers and swimmers, and a vibrant horseback riding community, fitness enthusiasts will love Wheeling in the fall, spring, and summer. In winter, the hikers, snowboarders, and skiers can enjoy themselves on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. For the daring, skydiving and bungee jumping opportunities abound.

Wheeling is a great place to vacation with the family. Children can learn the mysteries of nature at the Good Zoo, which highly recommended by, and yes, the actual name of the zoo is the Good Zoo, in memory of seven-year-old Philip Mayer Good. Children will love the Kruger Street Toy and Train museum and adults too can admire Kewpie, Hot-Wheels, and K-Nex. A mere four miles from Wheeling in Benwood is the Castle Halloween Museum, with Halloween memorabilia from the past two-hundred fifty years. Active children can enjoy the City of Wheeling’s 10,000 foot skate park. Artistic kids will love the Carriage House Museum, another top choice of, with its glass blowing shows. At the end of a day filled with skating, running, and swimming, parents can put their kids to bed and explore Wheeling’s nightlife.

Both married adults and singles will love Wheeling’s dynamic nightlife. The Wheeling Island Casino Hotel and Racetrack is the country’s Number One dog track offering thrills for both the gaming enthusiast and the dog lover. reminds all travelers to gamble responsibly. Next on’s must see list: the Capitol Music Hall is the home of the country’s second oldest live country music program and the Towngate Theatre has shown live plays for over 35 years.

Historians will have a unique appreciation of Wheeling’s rich history. suggests that colonial historians admire McCollough’s Leap, named for Major Samuel McCoullough, who allegedly made a leap across a cavern 300 feet deep to assist the colony in a battle against American Indians. Civil War scholars can visit the West Virginia Independence Hall, where the West Virginia legislature seceded from Virginia during the Civil War. The Gilded Age Historian can appreciate that National Road is the first federally funded highway in the US.

There is something in West Virginia for eco-tourists, for families, for singles, and for intellectuals. Click on the above links to book your vacation to Wheeling, West Virginia and ENJOY!