A Lengthy Landmark
Wheeling is peppered with historic landmarks, and the Wheeling Suspension Bridge is one of the most majestic. Built in 1849, it was the first long-span suspension bridge in the U.S. and the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time. It crosses the Ohio River and serves as the gateway to luxurious Wheeling Island. The bridge was an engineering marvel of its time, and original stone masonry used to construct and support it still stands. Small cars and pedestrians are allowed to cross, and the widened sidewalks present the perfect opportunity to stroll along and appreciate this piece of Wheeling history.
At a typical public city park, you will find picnic tables, playgrounds, and perhaps a swimming pool, but Wheeling's Oglebay Park is anything but typical. The 1,700-acre grounds are home to a zoo and petting zoo, planetarium, amphitheater, museum, fishing lake, and even a ski slope, not to mention pools, two golf courses, and acres of manicured gardens. Your visiting relatives can even stay at the nearby Oglebay Resort and visit the nature center. Yes, this really is a public park, and it is the perfect place to get lost for a day, or maybe even a week if you have the time to explore.
See You Later, Alliga
Wheeling is a veritable foodie's paradise, with some of the best pizzas, bars, and gastropubs in the Ohio River Valley. Where it really delivers, however, is with its quaint, hole-in-the-wall eateries that are full of surprises at every turn. Later Alligator is one of these. This highly rated restaurant appears to be your average cafe, serving soups, sandwiches, and salads, but the menu is loaded with oodles of specialty sweet and savory crepes that you can customize to your liking (although there are some really inspired flavor combinations available). The atmosphere is lighthearted and fun, and the food is incredible.