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Charleston West Virginia Travel Guide

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Charleston © West Virginia Division of Tourism

Known as 'the most northern city of the South and the most southern city of the North', the capital and largest city in West Virginia, Charleston exudes all the charm and friendliness of a small town. Located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, many pioneers began making their way out from their early settlements after the American Revolutionary War, migrating towards the western part of Virginia to capitalise on its resources such as coal and natural gas.

Charleston is brimming with plenty of urban attractions and amenities to cater to travellers' needs, yet is located just a short drive from all the outdoor mountain adventure for anyone to handle. 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 (193 km) 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 and is one stop that is not to be missed.

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