Wheeling , also known as the "Friendly City" or the "Nail City", is a city of 31,419 people (as of 2000) in West Virginia.
Wheeling is located in the northern (or western) panhandle of West Virginia, between Ohio and Pennsylvania, approximately 45 miles southwest of Pittsburgh and 120 miles east of Columbus.
The Wheeling-Ohio County Airport is located eight miles north of downtown Wheeling, off of WV Route 2. Though this airport is open for public use, no commercial airlines service it. The closest commercial service is located at Pittsburgh International Airport, which is approximately 40 miles northeast of Wheeling in Western Pennsylvania.
Interstate 70 is the primary route for reaching Wheeling from the east or west. Travelers in Northern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania can reach Wheeling via OH Route 7 or WV Route 2. Wheeling can be reached from Southern Ohio and Southern West Virginia via WV Route 2, or Interstate 79 and Interstate 77 for points further south. U.S. Route 250, U.S. Route 40, and WV Route 88 are other major highways that pass through Wheeling.
The nearest passenger rail service is in Pittsburgh, PA, and is provided by Amtrak's Pennsylvanian and Capitol Limited routes. Wheeling can then be reached by car or connecting bus service provided by Amtrak.
- Greyhound Bus Lines. The city's bus station is located in the Intermodal Center Garage at 1405 Main Street in downtown Wheeling. Greyhound in Wheeling can be reached at the phone number +1 (304) 232-1500.
Since Wheeling is a small city, transportation options are limited.
Car is by far the most efficient way to get around Wheeling. Traffic in Wheeling is non-existent, outside of congestion related to road construction or vehicle accidents, so driving through Wheeling can be accomplished with a great deal of ease.
Interstate 70 runs east to west through the city, and provides primary access to all of the area's major roadways. I-70 enters the city by crossing a back channel of the Ohio River at Wheeling Island (Exit 0), providing access to U.S. Route 40, and the Wheeling Island Racetrack & Casino. I-70 then crosses the main channel of the Ohio River, entering downtown Wheeling, and then continues east through Wheeling Tunnel.
U.S. Route 40 (Old National Road) is the main commercial thoroughfare in Wheeling, traveling east to west through city, and has several interchanges with I-70. State road 2 is Wheeling's primary north to south road, running roughly parallel to the Ohio River the entire length of the city. Route 2 is a limited-access freeway south of downtown, and becomes a two-lane surface street north of downtown. Interstate 470 is a spur to I-70 that begins in the Elm Grove section of the city (Exit 5A), and spurs south, crossing the Ohio River in the South Wheeling section of the city, and merging with I-70 outside of St. Clairsville, Ohio (Exit 219).
A local public bus system (the Wheeling-Ohio Valley Regional Transportation Authority) operates daytime bus service through most of the city, but service times and frequency are very limited. No website is available, but they may be reached at the phone number +1 (304) 232-2190.
Wheeling's primary taxi company is Yellow Cab, and they can be reached at the phone number +1 (304) 232-1313.
Victorian downtown; Eckhart House in center
- Victorian Wheeling, 823-R Main Street, 304-233-1600 or 800-SEE-1870, . Wheeling contains more Victorian architecture than any other city in the US, much of it having undergone extensive restoration. Tours available 1 to 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, from May through December, beginning every half-hour from the Hess House at 811 Main Street. High tea and meals also available in a Victorian dining room. In early October, an open house is held in which Victorian buildings and private homes are made available to tour. Tours $3 - $8, meals $12 - $17.
- Eckhart House, 810 Main Street, 304-232-5439 or 888-700-0118, . Called Wheeling's "Crown Jewel", Eckhart House is a restored 1892 three-story Queen Anne town home with most of its original architectural features intact. Gift shoppe on-site. Tours are available 1 to 3:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday for $3. Parlor teas available.
- West Virginia Independence Hall, 1528 Market Street, 304-238-1300, . Open 10 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday. Called the "birthplace of West Virginia" because the Wheeling Convention was held here in 1861, during which 32 counties in Virginia voted to secede and join the Union. Restored interiors, an interpretive video, audio tours, authentically-costumed guided tours, and an exhibition on West Virginia's statehood featuring dramatic displays with period artifacts.
- Wheeling Suspension Bridge, . The first bridge to span the Ohio River, built in 1849 with a length of 1,010 feet, which was largely responsible for the influx of people to the area. At the time of its construction, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world, although that title was quickly usurped in 1851 by the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge. It remains, however, the oldest vehicular suspension bridge still in use.
- The Ohio River riverfront is flanked by the 11-mile lighted Wheeling Heritage Trail if you want to walk, jog, rollerblade or bike by the water's edge. At the boat landing is Wheeling Heritage Port, an award-winning riverfront amphitheater that hosts events between May and October, like band concerts, holiday celebrations, an Italian festival, a chili cook-off and movie nights.
- Capitol Music Hall, 1015 Main Street, 800-624-5456, . A 1928 movie theatre - the oldest and largest in West Virginia - which is home to the second-oldest country music program in the country, Jamboree USA. Weekly country music shows on Saturday night, touring Broadway musicals. Dinner show packages available.
- Wheeling Symphony, 1025 Main Street suite 811, 304-232-6191 or 800-395-9241, . Established in 1929, and today offering 11 concerts annually in their Masterworks series, Pops series, Symphony on Ice concert and free outdoor summer concerts. Tickets are $12 - $56 (student price $5), subscriptions are $93 - $218 (student price $15 - $218).
- Victoria Vaudeville Theatre, 1228 Market Street, 304-233-SING or 800-505-SING, . Shows begin at 7 pm on Saturday. Variety shows provided by local talent - including the Ohio City Revue, the Friendly City Band, and Elvis impersonator Earl Brown - in the restored Victoria Theatre.
- Prabhupada's Palace of Gold, Palace Road off US-250, 304-843-1812, . Guided tours available from 10 am to 8 pm April through August, and 10 am to 5 pm September through March. Located in a community called New Vrindaban, founded in 1968, which is a replica of Vrindaban in India. The Palace of Gold has been called "America's Taj Mahal". Gift shop, organic vegetable garden, snack bar, health shop, and award-winning rose garden on-site. Guest lodge and cottages available. Admission $6.
- West Virginia Penitentiary Tours, 818 Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, 304-845-6200, . Tu-Su 10AM-4PM, April through November. Completed in 1876 and operating as a maximum-security prison until 1995, the penitentiary has a violent and bloody history, as well as reportedly one of the highest levels of paranormal activity in the United States. Day tours offered hourly (arrive 15 minutes early), night tours available from midnight to 6 am for groups of 20 people or more, and ghost hunts with a qualified paranormal investigator available periodically from 8 pm to 6 am. Ghost hunting classes also available. Admission $500 for group night tours, $50 for ghost tours, $15 for dungeon of horrors.
- Wheeling Nailers, 1315 Main Street, 304-234-4625, . Part of the East Coast Hockey League, the Nailers play October through April at the WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling. The Nailers are the "AA" minor league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. Tickets start at only $10.
- Ohio Valley Greyhounds, 1144 Market Street, . the area's National Indoor Football League team, which plays at the WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling.
- Grave Creek Mound Historical Site, 801 Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, 304-843-4128. Open daily year-round. One of the largest conical mounds constructed by the Adena tribe, built between 250 to 150 BC. On-site Delf Norona Museum explaining aspects of Adena culture.
- Wheeling Park, 1801 National Road, 304-243-4085 or 800-624-6988 ext 4085, . 406 acres including a swimming pool with waterslide, playground, boating, pedal boats, miniature golf, ice skating, tennis, soccer, and an outdoor aviary.
- Oglebay Park, route 88 N, 304-243-4000 or 800-624-6988, . 1700 acres of parkland with dozens of activities, including shopping, golfing, miniature golf, swimming, pedal boats, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, skiing and snowboarding, walking trails, museums, a zoo and planetarium, floral gardens, and a resort.
- Good Zoo and Planetarium, . Over 80 species of animals from North America, South America and Africa, nestled in 30 acres of flowers, trees, hills, and valleys. Also features an indoor Discovery Lab where kids can learn about animals; a barn petting zoo with llamas, donkeys, deer and other animals; a 1.5-mile train ride past the ostrich exhibit; a wetlands walk; and a planetarium with family programs and an annual Astronomy Day.
- Schrader Center, . An environmental center constructed with environmentally-sensitive building products using environmentally-correct building processes. Includes an exhibit hall, bird observation areas, a children's awareness area, and programs throughout the year.
- Stifel Fine Arts Center, 1330 National Road, 304-242-7700 or 888-696-4283, . dance and fitness, music, live theater, movies, choral singing, and the only hands-on art center in the region. Workshops and classes available.
- Oglebay Institute Glass Museum, . Over 3,000 examples of Wheeling glass made from 1829 to 1939. A highlight is the Sweeney Punch Bowl, the largest piece of cut lead crystal ever made, at five feet tall and 225 pounds. The Carriage House Glass gift shop offers the area's largest selection of West Virginia decorative glass.
- Fostoria Glass Museum, 6th Street at Tomlinson Avenue in Moundsville, 304-845-9188, . Open 1 to 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday; closed December through February. Dedicated to the products of Fostoria Glass, which moved to Moundsville in 1891 until it was forced to close in 1986.
- National Imperial Glass Museum, 3200 Belmont Street in Bellaire OH, 740-671-3971. Open 11 am to 3 pm Thursday through Saturday, from April to October. Features an extensive array of Imperial glassware, including Candlewick, Carnival and glassware donated by the National Imperial Glass Collectors Society and the former Bellaire Glass Museum.
- Wymer's General Store Museum, 1400 Main Street in the Artisan Center, 304-232-1812, . Open 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday, and Sunday by appointment. General store representing the 1800s to the present, with items made in Wheeling. Gift shop on-site.
- Toy and Train Museum, 144 Kruger Street, 304-242-8133 or 877-242-8133, . A restored Victorian-era schoolhouse with thousands of toys from dolls and dollhouses, to toy soldiers, trucks and cars, trains, planes and ships, Western toys, space toys, cartoon characters, ride-on toys and more. Interactive displays, operating O and HO gauge train layouts, a room dedicated to Ohio Valley history and culture, a restored railroad caboose, and a gift shop on-site. Guided and self-guided tours available.
- Marx Toy Museum, 915 Second Street in Moundsville, 304-845-6022, . Open 11 am to 5 pm Thursday through Sunday, April through December. Dedicated to preserving the beauty and the history of Marx toys, owned and operated by a private collector. Gift shop on-site. Admission $6.50.
- Point Overlook Museum, 989 Grandview Street, 304-232-3010. Illustrates Wheeling's history with photographs, maps and illustrations.
- Historic National Road, . The nation's first federally-funded interstate highway, which began in Cumberland, Maryland and eventually reached Saint Louis Metro East in Illinois. The highway crosses the West Virginia panhandle from Little Wheeling Creek near Mt. Echo over Wheeling Island to the Ohio border. To drive it, follow the Historic Route 40 markers.
- Celtic Celebration, Artisan Center. Held during a weekend in early March. Music, dancing, crafts and food.
- SpringFest, Oglebay Park. Held during a weekend in late April. 50,000 blooming tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, along with hand-crafted home and garden accessories for sale.
- Elizabethtown Festival, West Virginia Penitentiary, 818 Jefferson Avenue in Moundsville, 304-845-6200, . Held in mid-May. Celebrating the traditions and customs of the 1800s, with turn-of-the-century crafts, educational exhibits, live entertainment, cook-offs, children's activities and a talent show.
- African-American Jubilee, Wheeling waterfront. Held during the last weekend in June. African-American food, fashion show, live music, arts and crafts.
- Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, . Held during one weekend in late July. The largest Italian festival in West Virginia, and the third-largest in the country. Bocce tournament, pasta exhibit, wine competition and tasting, ethnic foods, arts and crafts, carnival midway, live entertainment.
- American Heritage Glass and Craft Festival, Oglebay Park. Held during the first weekend in August. Traditional crafts, music and food, with costumed guides describing Wheeling's history.
- Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheel Festival, Wheeling riverfront, . Held in mid-September. "Anything that Floats" raft race, food, live entertainment, children's playground, and lots of sternwheelers on display.
- Oktoberfest, Artisan Center. Held in mid-September. German food, music, and lots of beer.
- OglebayFest, Oglebay Park. Held the first weekend in October. An artist's market with over 100 artisans, a harvest market offering West Virginia food products, chrysanthemum display, parade, fireworks display, live entertainment, dancing, juried arts and crafts show, home-cooked and ethnic foods, German Rathskeller and the Ohio County Fair.
- Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort & Conference Center. Held from early November through early January, from dusk to 11 pm. One of America's largest light shows since 1985, with a three-mile drive covering around 125 acres. Trolley tours available.
- SDS Media Xpress, 304-639-3657, . SDS puts on multiple Karaoke and Dj events throughout the Ohio Valley on a weekly basis. Schedule will be posted on Website. In addition, SDS provides the in house sound and light system for Yesterdays Draught House and Stage at 1056 Main St. Historic Downtown Wheeling. Shows are every Friday and Saturday night as well as occasional weekday events.
- Foggy Bottom Family Fun Center, 68 East Cove Avenue, 304-242-PUTT (7888), . Open Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-8PM. The area's largest mini-golf course and the only laser tag arena, as well as indoor batting cages, an arcade, and a cafe serving hoagies and pizza. During October, the Festival of Fright  with three haunted houses is available on weekends from dusk to midnight.
- Elm Grove Lanes, 100 East Cove Avenue, 304-242-5800. Open 9 am to 10 pm Monday through Wednesday, Th 11AM-12AM, F 11AM-1AM, Sa 9AM-3AM, Su 11AM-8PM. Bowling alley featuring "extreme bowling" from Thursday to Saturday nights, when the black lights are turned on and the lanes glow.
- Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center, 1 S Stone Street on Wheeling Island, 800-445-9475 or 877-WIN-HERE (946-4373; gaming center) or 877-WHEELING (943-3546; hotel reservations), . Open 7 am to 4 am. Over 2,400 slot machines, multi-line nickel games, video lottery games including Keno, 20 poker tables, and greyhound racing. Four restaurants and hotel on-site.
- The local newspaper is The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, 1500 Main Street, 304-233-0100 or 800-852-5475 (both local), .
- Wheeling Jesuit University, 316 Washington Avenue, 800-624-6992, . A Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts university offering over 30 majors.
- CK Collectibles and Gifts, 17 Sunnyside Court, 800-507-6578, . Home decor, kitchen essentials, bedding sets, garden decor, bath and body, collectibles and figurines, and more.
- Mountain Craft Shop Co., Proctor Creek Road in Proctor, 304-455-3570 or 877-FOLKTOYS, . Reproduction folk toys.
- Thistle Dew Farm, Proctor Creek Road in Proctor, 304-455-1728, . Quality honey, beeswax, bee products and services, honey bee hives and equipment, bee shows and educational demos.
- Centre Market, 2200 Market Street, 304-234-3878, . Fresh food, gift shops, galleries, antiques and restaurants, housed in and around two market houses - an 1853 cast iron columned market house (the only one in the country) and an 1890 brick market house.
- Oglebay Park, route 88 N, 304-243-4000 or 800-624-6988, . Seven gift shops, including Carriage House Glass (the area's largest selection of West Virginia decorative glass), Gourmet in the Gardens (gourmet and regionally produced food products) and the Palm Room seasonal plants and fresh flowers, herbs and hanging baskets).
- Artisan Center, 1400 Main Street, 304-232-1810, . A renovated building with a three-story atrium in downtown Wheeling, housing retail shops, galleries, historic exhibits, and working demonstrations by local artisans.
- Bella Via, 1 Burkham Court, 304-242-8181. Open daily from 11AM. Homemade Italian and American dishes for over 58 years. Try the garlic bread.
- Coleman's Fish Market, 22nd Street and Market Street in the Centre Market, 304-232-8510. Open Monday through Saturday. Fish, shrimp rolls, deviled crab, chicken, coleslaw and fries. Try the fish sandwich (fried fish on white bread) and clam strips. $2 - $3.
- Generations Pub, 338 National Road, 304-232-7917. Popular local restaurant with live bands on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steak and seafood.
- Hoss's Family Steak & Sea House, 10 Elm Grove Mall, 304-243-9303. Steak, seafood, chicken and a 100-plus-item salad bar.
- Louis' Famous Hot Dog, 8 Elm Terrace, 304-243-1080. Open M-Sa 8:30AM-8PM, Su 9:30AM-4:30PM. Burgers, sandwiches, sloppy joes, fried chicken, fish and shrimp, and of course hot dogs. Try the chili dog. $1.30 - $3.50.
- Michael's Beef House, 22nd Street and Market Street in the Centre Market, 304-232-2231. Open Monday through Saturday. Old-fashioned meaty sandwiches (roast beef, ham, turkey, corned beef, pastrami, reuben and more). $2.50 - $3.50.
- TJ's Sports Garden and Restaurant, 808 National Road, 304-232-9555. Open daily from 11AM to 1AM (F,Sa to 2AM). Sports bar with a television at each booth. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, beef, chicken, seafood, pasta, desserts.
- Undo's Family Ristorante, 753 Main Street in Benwood, 304-233-0560. Authentic, homemade Italian food. Soups, steaks, chicken, seafood, pizzas. Try the escarole soup and veal osso buco.
- Ye Olde Alpha Restaurant, 50 Carmel Road, 304-242-1090. Neighborhood restaurant since 1932.
- Comfort Inn Wheeling East, I-70 (exit 11) and Dallas Pike in Triadelphia, 304-547-0610. 106 rooms. Outdoor pool. Complimentary continental breakfast. Average price $44 - $70.
- Haven Inn, 302 Wheeling Avenue in Glen Dale, 304-845-2144.
- Mound Motel, 112 Lafayette Avenue in Moundsville, 304-845-2852. 10 rooms.
- Terrace Motel, 1 Bridgeview Plaza in Moundsville, 304-845-4881.
- New Vrindaban Guest House, Palace Road off US-250, 304-843-1600 ext 11, . Open April through November. 38 rooms, temple guest rooms, and 12 cottages. Buffet breakfasts, lunches and dinners available. Rooms and guest rooms are $30 peak season, $15 off-season; cottages are $125 - $150 excluding holidays.
- Best Western Wheeling Inn, 949 Main Street, 304-233-8500. 80 rooms. Fitness center, spa, on-site Riverside Restaurant. $50 - $66.
- Hampton Inn Wheeling, 795 National Road, 304-233-0440, [www.hampton-inn.com/hi/wheeling]. 104 rooms. Outdoor garden, exercise facility. Complimentary breakfast bar and USA Today. $84 - $115.
- Holiday Inn Express East, I-70 (exit 11) in Triadelphia, 304-547-1380. 115 rooms. Fitness center, outdoor pool. Complimentary continental breakfast. Average price $75 - $121.
- McClure House Hotel and Conference Center, 1200 Market Street, 304-232-0300 or 800-862-5873. 170 rooms. $90. Temporarily closed in March 2006, but due to re-open soon.
- Plaza Motel, 1400 Lafayette Avenue in Moundsville, 304-845-9650.
- Super 8 Motel, 2400 National Road, 304-243-9400 or 800-800-8000. 55 rooms. Exercise room. Complimentary continental breakfast. Average price $60 - $73.
- Holiday Inn Hotel & Resort Weirton, 350 Three Spring Drive, 304-723-5522, .
- Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, route 88 N, 304-243-4000 or 800-624-6988, . 212 rooms and 49 cottages. Indoor pool, outdoor pool at Oglebay, jacuzzi, sauna, fitness room, Wolff tanning bed, massage therapy, golf club with driving range. Four restaurants on-site. Complimentary newspaper. Packages include Mountaineer Buffet Breakfast. $135 - $275 peak season, $99 - $170 off-season.
- Wheeling Island Resort, 1 S Stone Street, 877-WHEELING (943-3546), . 151 rooms. Island-themed rooms with marble showers. 9 2-room suites and first-class end suites available. Fitness center. Breakfast-in-bed room service available. On-site casino, racetrack and restaurant called The Pointe. $95 - $110 (room), $135 - $165 (suites).
Bed and Breakfasts
- Bonnie Dwaine Bed and Breakfast, 505 Wheeling Avenue in Glen Dale, 304-845-7250 or 888-507-4569, . 5 rooms. Fireplace, whirlpool tub. Gourmet candlelight breakfasts. $89 - $125.
- Park View Chalets, Waddles Run Road, 304-233-7055 or 877-241-8171, . 2 chalets. Fully-equipped kitchens, gas fireplace, deck. Sleeps 8 - 10. $698 - $798 weekend, $1099 - $1399 weekly.
- Weirton is about 45 minutes north on OH-7.
- Fairmont is about 1.5 hours southeast on I-70 and I-79, or almost 2 hours if you follow US-250.
- Parkersburg is about 2 hours southwest on I-70 and I-77, or a little over 2 hours if you follow WV-2.
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