One-Tank Trip from Columbus, Ohio

With the gas prices the way they are, many people are looking for trips they can take on one tank of gas. Here's a great one to be taken from Columbus. Ohio. The destination? Oglebay Park in Wheeling, West Virginia, with stops at several museums on the way to or from Oglebay Park. All this in a 256-mile roundtrip drive on Interstate 70 from Columbus, Ohio.

Oglebay Park is a 1,650-acre park in Wheeling, West Virginia packed with a bevy of sights and activities, meaning you're never bored. If you're into golf, Oglebay Park has three championship golf courses from which to choose (one designed by Arnold Palmer). there are 11 tennis courts, a large outdoor pool, horse stables, miniature golf, walking trails, The Mansion Museum, a zoo, ski slope, planetarium, gardens, greenhouse, outdoor theater and Schenk Lake, where you can fish, go pedal boating , or watch nightly fountain shows.

The 16-acre gardens alone are worth the drive. In the Spring you'll find 50,000 tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, while the fall brings you aa dazzling display of mums.

Are you the type of person who likes holiday light displays? Be sure to visit Oglebay in late November and December for their light show, which, incidentally, is one of America's large holiday light shows. Over a million lights are on display for this six-mile holiday drive.

Lodging at Ogebay Park can be found at Wilson Lodge, located on a hilltop in Ogelbay Park. You can find cottages for groups and large families, as well as standard rooms and deluxe suites. The lodge includes an indoor pool, dining facilities (with casual as well as fine dining), tanning beds and massage therapy facilities. Situated on a hilltop in the heart of Oglebay is the exceptional Wilson Lodge. Facilities at the lodge include casual and fine dining, an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, tanning bed and massage therapy facilities.

For general information about accommodations at Oglebay Park, call 800-624-6988 or 304-243-4000. Summer package rates begin at $ 145 per night on weeknights and $ 165 per night on Friday and Saturday nights.

On your way to and from Oglebay Park, be sure to stop in Newark, Ohio, 27 miles east of Columbus, off Interstate 70, on Ohio route 79. There you'll find the National Heisey Glass Museum, which has a handmade crystal on display from the Heisey Glass company. Also check out the Zane Gray Musueum, approximately 67 miles east of columbus (take US 70 east to US 40).