21 days in Potomac Highlands Itinerary

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Marlinton
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Elkins
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Petersburg
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Marlinton — 7 nights

Marlinton is a town in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Watoga State Park and Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Marlinton side-trips: Snowshoe (Shavers Lake & Lift Rides, Cheat Mountain Ridge Natural Trail, &more), Hillsboro (Falls of Hills Creek, Locust Creek Bridge, &more) and Green Bank Observatory (in Green Bank). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Beartown State Park, get engrossed in the history at Pocahontas County Historical Society Museum, explore and take pictures at Highland Scenic Highway, and steep yourself in history at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Marlinton trip maker.

Washington to Marlinton is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. While traveling from Washington, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Marlinton, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Elkins.
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Elkins — 7 nights

Elkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. The community was incorporated in 1890 and named in honor of Stephen Benton Elkins (1841–1911), a U.S. Senator from West Virginia. Visiting Dolly Sods and Monongahela National Forest will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Elkins side-trips: Davis (Canaan Valley Resort State Park, WVHighlands Artisan Gallery, &more), Mountaineer Wind Energy Center (in Thomas) and Kumbrabow State Forest (in Huttonsville). Next up on the itinerary: get advice or help at Elkins Depot Welcome Center CVB, Inc., take an in-depth tour of The Stirrup Gallery of Davis & Elkins College, steep yourself in history at Statue of Minnehaha, and trek along Allegheny Highlands Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Elkins road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Marlinton to Elkins takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Marlinton in October, expect nights in Elkins to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Petersburg.
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Petersburg — 6 nights

Petersburg is a city in Grant County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 2,467 at the 2010 census. Get in touch with nature at Seneca Rocks and Spruce Knob. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Petersburg: Smoke Hole Caverns (in Seneca Rocks) and Seneca Caverns (in Riverton). There's more to do: learn about all things military at Top Kick's Military Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Petersburg online tour planner.

Getting from Elkins to Petersburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Petersburg can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to home.
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