Ohio River

Wheeling, also known as the "Friendly City" or the "Nail City", is a city of 31,419 people (as of 2000) in West Virginia.

Get in

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.

By Plane

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.

By Car

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.

By Train

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.

By Bus

Get around

Since Wheeling is a small city, transportation options are limited.

By Car

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 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).

By Bus

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. they may be reached at the phone number +1 304 232-2190.

By Taxi

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
  • 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-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, +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.





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Routes through Wheeling

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