Charleston West Virginia Travel Guide

Charleston © West Virginia Division of Tourism

Known as 'the most northern city of the South and the most southern city of the North', 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' needs, and is located just a short drive from spectacular mountain scenery, making it a great travel base. Take a leisurely stroll along the water's edge past Capital Complex on the Kanawha River, expand your mind at the Science Museum, head to the Cultural Center to check out live performances, or spend your time admiring the Georgian, Queen Anne and Greek Revival architecture in the East End Historical District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of Charleston's main highlights.

Nature lovers should visit the Kanawha State Forest, go hiking or mountain biking along the trails peppered across the Greenbrier River Trail, or take a drive along the Midland Scenic Trail where the 120 miles (193km) of breathtaking 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.

A major crossroads of West Virginia between the Midwest and east and the south and north, Charleston makes the perfect stop for travellers wanting a relaxing and revitalising break.

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