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Charleston West Virginia

Richie Diesterheft

Charleston West Virginia Travel Guide

Charleston is the capital and largest city in West Virginia and exudes all the charm and friendliness of a small town. Located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, many pioneers made their way to Charleston from their early settlements after the American Revolutionary War, migrating towards the western part of Virginia to capitalise on its resources.

Charleston is brimming with plenty of urban attractions and amenities to cater to travellers' every need. It is conveniently located just a short drive from spectacular mountain scenery, making it a great travel base. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge past Capital Complex on the Kanawha River, expand their mind at the Clay Center, head to the Cultural Center to check out live performances, or admire the Georgian, Queen Anne, and Greek Revival architecture in the East End Historical District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Charleston's most popular sights.

Nature lovers should visit the Kanawha State Forest, explore the trails peppered across the Greenbrier River Trail, or take a drive along the Midland Scenic Trail where the 120 miles (193km) of breath-taking scenery provides plenty of photo opportunities. The New River Gorge Bridge area features a few great state parks where visitors can immerse themselves in activities like hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

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