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.
Wheeling-Ohio County AirportThough this airport is open for public use, no commercial airlines service it.
By CarInterstate 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.
Wheeling Suspension BridgeThe 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.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge
By TrainThe 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. Two daily services are available from Pittsburgh. Greyhound in Wheeling can be reached at the phone number +1 304 232-1500.
By CarCar 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 the 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).
phone: +1 304 232-2190A local public bus system operates daytime bus service through most of the city, but service times and frequency are very limited.
By TaxiWheeling's primary taxi company is Yellow Cab, and they can be reached at the phone number +1 304 232-1313.
phone: +1 304-233-1600address: 823-R Main StWheeling contains more Victorian architecture than any other city in the US, much of it having undergone extensive restoration. Tours available 1 to 3PM 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, +1 304-232-5439 or +1-888-700-0118. 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 3:30PM Wednesday through Saturday for $3. Parlor teas available.
- 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-friendly 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, +1 304-242-7700 or +1-888-696-4283. 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.
National Imperial Glass Museum
Point Overlook Museum
Historic National RoadThe 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.
- 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 FestivalHeld 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 FestivalWheeling 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 11PM. One of America's largest light shows since 1985, with a three-mile drive covering around 125 acres. Trolley tours available.
phone: +1 304-639-3657SDS 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 Lanesphone: +1 304-242-5800address: 100 East Cove AveOpen 9AM to 10PM 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.
address: 1 S Stone StOn Wheeling Island, +1-877-WIN-HERE (946-4373; gaming center) or +1-877-WHEELING (943-3546; hotel reservations). Open 7AM to 4AM. 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.
Mt. Wood House (The castle)address: Rt 40 East&West Acsessable on Mt. Wood Rd. Just North on Stone BlvdMt. Wood Overlook is called "The Castle" by locals or "Stone House" to some people. It was going to be a house until the owner's wife had died so he was heartbroken and stopped building it and sold it to the city and opened it to the public.
Collect fossilsAbout four and a half miles northeast of Wheeling are a series of boulders from the Monongahela Group along Long Run, where late Pennsylvanian fossils can be found. The most common local fossil is the fern Pecopteris, but others include fish, the gymnosperm Cordaites, horsetails, the scale tree Lepidophyllum, and seed ferns.
- The local newspaper is The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register, 1500 Main Street, +1 304-233-0100 or +1-800-852-5475 (both local), .
- Wheeling Jesuit University, 316 Washington Avenue, +1-800-624-6992, . A Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts university offering over 30 majors.
address: 17 Sunnyside CtHome decor, kitchen essentials, bedding sets, garden decor, bath and body, collectibles and figurines, and more.
phone: +1 304-455-3570address: Proctor Creek Road in ProctorReproduction folk toys.
phone: +1 304-455-1728address: Proctor Creek Road in ProctorQuality honey, beeswax, bee products and services, honey bee hives and equipment, bee shows and educational demos.
phone: +1 304-234-3878address: 2200 Market StFresh 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.
phone: +1 304-243-4000Route 88 N. 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).
phone: +1 304-232-1810address: 1400 Main StA renovated building with a three-story atrium in downtown Wheeling, housing retail shops, galleries, historic exhibits, and working demonstrations by local artisans.
- Coleman's Fish Market, 22nd Street and Market Street in the Centre Market, +1 304-232-8510. 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 Pubphone: +1 304-232-7917address: 338 National RdPopular local restaurant with live bands on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steak and seafood.
Michael's Beef Housephone: +1 304-232-2231address: 2200 Market StOld-fashioned meaty sandwiches (roast beef, ham, turkey, corned beef, pastrami, reuben and more).
TJ's Sports Garden Restaurantphone: +1 304-232-9555address: 808 National RdOpen 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 Ristorantephone: +1 304-233-0560address: 753 Main StIn Benwood. Authentic, homemade Italian food. Soups, steaks, chicken, seafood, pizzas. Try the escarole soup and veal osso buco.
Ye Olde Alpha Restaurantphone: +1 304-242-1090address: 50 Carmel RdNeighborhood restaurant since 1932.
Pizza Villaphone: +1 304-233-1160address: 236 1/2 29th StServing the Valley's best pizza for over 40 years. A unique crust loaded with toppings for a great price. Try the take n bake pizza that you can cook at home.
- Comfort Inn Wheeling East, I-70 (exit 11) and Dallas Pike in Triadelphia, +1 304-547-0610. 106 rooms. Outdoor pool. Complimentary continental breakfast. Average price $44 - $70.
Haven Innphone: +1 304-845-2144address: 302 Wheeling AveIn Glen Dale.
phone: +1 304-843-1600 ext 11Palace Road off US-250. 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 Innphone: +1 304-233-8500address: 949 Main St80 rooms. Fitness center, spa, on-site Riverside Restaurant.
phone: +1 304-233-0440address: 795 National Rd104 rooms. Outdoor garden, exercise facility. Complimentary breakfast bar and USA Today.
- Holiday Inn Express East, I-70 (exit 11) in Triadelphia, +1 304-547-1380. 115 rooms. Fitness center, outdoor pool. Complimentary continental breakfast. Average price $75 - $121.
McClure House Hotel and Conference Centerphone: +1 304-232-0300address: 1200 Market St170 rooms. $90. Temporarily closed in March 2006, but due to re-open soon.
Super 8 Motelphone: +1 304-243-9400address: 2400 National Rd55 rooms. Exercise room. Complimentary continental breakfast.
phone: +1 304-723-5522address: 350 Three Spring Dr
phone: +1 877-436-1797address: 465 Lodge Dr212 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.
phone: +1 304-232-5050address: 1 S Stone St151 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.
Bed and Breakfasts
phone: +1 304-845-7250address: 505 Wheeling AveIn Glen Dale. 5 rooms. Fireplace, whirlpool tub. Gourmet candlelight breakfasts.
phone: +1 304-233-7055Waddles Run Road. 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.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is about 1 hour east on I-70 and I-79.
- 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.
- Columbus, Ohio is about 2 hours west on I-70.