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CharlestonUnited States of America

The capital of West Virginia has cultural attractions dating back to the 1700s and the largest capitol dome in the country. Surrounded by scenic forest, it’s also a place to enjoy outdoor activities. 

Charleston is the state capital and largest city of West Virginia. Watch comedy, visit museums and see theater and art exhibitions downtown. Go hiking, biking and fishing in state forests just outside the city limits.

The West Virginia State Capitol has the largest state capitol dome in the country. Photograph the iconic dome, which is decorated in 23-karat gold leaf.

Enjoy a leisurely walk around the grounds to see statues and other monuments. Enjoy the classical architecture on tree-lined Capitol Street as you walk between boutiques, restaurants and bars on the city’s main thoroughfare.

Visit the West Virginia Cultural Center and State Museum, also located in the State Capitol Complex. Discover facts about West Virginia from prehistoric times to present day. The Cultural Center has a theater and exhibition space that regularly host events.

Visitors of all ages will love the Avampato Discovery Museum in the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia. Learn about science through interactive exhibits or see a planetarium show in the domed theater. The center’s gallery space has a comprehensive collection of art dating back to 1600s, when the city was first settled.

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors at Kanawha State Forest, 7 miles (11.26 kilometers) south of downtown. Go hiking, biking or horseback riding along its many trails. Bring your own rod to go fishing in the lake. Bring a tent to stay in a campsite for a small fee.

Go back into the city for a night of live entertainment. Stop by the Comedy Zone Charleston in downtown for an evening of laughter. It’s the longest running comedy club in the state. Listen to the musical talent of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, which plays at the Clay Center.

Several major highways run through Charleston. Yeager Airport is located just outside the city and Amtrak provides rail service several days a week. See the city’s downtown cultural attractions on foot and then rent a car to explore the incredible natural scenery outside the city limits.

Top Hotels in Charleston

Embassy Suites Charleston
Embassy Suites Charleston
3.5 out of 5
300 Court St, Charleston, WV
The price is $127 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in the heart of Charleston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charleston Town Center and Charleston Civic Center. Haddad Riverfront Park and Avampato ...

4.2/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Expedia did not transfer over my reservation so I had to wait 40 extra minutes because Expedia was useless..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2021

Embassy Suites Charleston
Wyndham Garden Cross Lanes Charleston
Wyndham Garden Cross Lanes Charleston
2.5 out of 5
102 Racer Dr, Cross Lanes, WV
The price is $78 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in the heart of Cross Lanes, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Mardi Gras Casino and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Ridenour Memorial Park. Nitro City Park and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,157 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable. Good location that is close to casino, food and shopping"…"

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Wyndham Garden Cross Lanes Charleston
Holiday Inn Express Civic Center
Holiday Inn Express Civic Center
2.5 out of 5
100 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV
The price is $85 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in the heart of Charleston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charleston Civic Center and Charleston Town Center. Haddad Riverfront Park and Avampato ...

4/5Very Good! (850 reviews)

"About the same, nice location in the city. Enjoyed"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Civic Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Charleston

2br/1ba Amish Built Cabin Located on Pond at Rippling Waters Campground
2br/1ba Amish Built Cabin Located on Pond at Rippling Waters Campground
Sissonville, WV
The price is $100 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21

Situated in Sissonville, this cabin is within 20 mi (32 km) of Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston Civic Center, and Charleston Town Center. Clay Center for ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
Beautiful view and pleasant stay

"We had a great time. Kim is great and is accommodative of our requests ( we didn't know there was a grill when asked they offered and brought a charcoal grill right away) so quiet and beautiful view for a weekend get away."…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

2br/1ba Amish Built Cabin Located on Pond at Rippling Waters Campground
75 acres, 7 minute ATV ride to Hatfield McCoy Ivy Trail & River Access
75 acres, 7 minute ATV ride to Hatfield McCoy Ivy Trail & River Access
Sod, WV

Situated in the mountains, this romantic vacation home is within 20 mi (32 km) of Southridge Center, Charleston Civic Center, and Charleston Town Center. Thomas ...

75 acres, 7 minute ATV ride to Hatfield McCoy Ivy Trail & River Access
Royal Retreat Townhouse 2
Royal Retreat Townhouse 2
St Albans, WV
The price is $110 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Situated in St Albans, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Nitro City Park, Thomas Health System, and Ridenour Memorial Park. Mardi Gras Casino and ...

3.9/5Good! (7 reviews)
Thanksgiving in West Virginia

"Was a great place for the three of us to enjoy Thanksgiving. Plenty of room. Good bargain for the price."…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Royal Retreat Townhouse 2
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Charleston

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4 - Good 47.88321167883212%
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3 - Okay 25.547445255474454%
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2 - Disappointing 3.6496350364963503%
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1 - Terrible 1.0218978102189782%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

May 28, 2020

It’s not kept up. It looks like no one has taken care of anything. You feel very unsafe.

4/5 - Good

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May 3, 2020

Really hard to say, though it was beautiful and our room overlooked the river. So much was closed due to the stay at home orders.

3/5 - Okay

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Mar 11, 2020

This was just an overnight stop on the drive home. I did not do any sightseeing in Charleston.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 7, 2020

I grew up in Charleston, it is always good to go home!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

It was an okay city. I think you have to be raised there to appreciate the area.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 30, 2020

The Town Center Mall is losing more stores, especially upsetting to see Macys is now gone. I visit Charleston twice a year and always shop at this mall. Its sad to see so many stores closing and no new stores taking their place.

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