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West Virginia State Capitol Building
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West Virginia State Capitol Building showing heritage architecture and an administrative buidling

Take a guided tour around West Virginia’s seat of government and marvel at its dazzling dome, which is covered in 23.5-karat gold.

The classical-style West Virginia State Capitol occupies a scenic site facing the Kanawha River. It is among the most impressive buildings in Charleston. Make reservations in advance to join a 30-minute tour of the Capitol building, which houses the West Virginia Senate and House of Representatives.

The building was constructed in three stages between 1924 and 1932. The architect behind it was Cass Gilbert, who also designed the U.S. Treasury Annex and the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. View the impressive structure from across the banks of the Kanawha River to admire the building and its reflection in the swirling waters.

Note the shining dome at its top. At 293 feet (89 meters) high, it is 5 feet (1.5 meters) taller than the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Return to see the West Virginia Capitol at night, when the gold-leaf finish of the dome shimmers under the illuminating light.

Arrange to have a guide show you around the interior and tell you more about the history and function of the building. Alternatively, download a map from the website and navigate the grand halls and chambers independently. Don’t miss the Rotunda, which features a huge 4,000-pound (1,800-kilogram) chandelier. If the legislature is in session during your visit, head to the galleries to observe.

When you get hungry, stop at the food court in the basement for a meal or drink. Walk around the surrounding plaza too. Look for fountains, flagpoles and statues, including one of Abraham Lincoln.

The West Virginia State Capitol is located in the West Virginia Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also contains the Governor’s Mansion, the Culture Center and the historic Holly Grove Mansion. The complex is open daily, from morning until evening Monday to Friday and with reduced hours on weekends. If you drive here during the week, bring along quarters to feed the meters.

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Embassy Suites Charleston
Embassy Suites Charleston
3.5 out of 5
300 Court St, Charleston, WV
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The price is $127 per night from May 15 to May 15
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Charleston Marriott Town Center
Charleston Marriott Town Center
3.5 out of 5
200 Lee St E, Charleston, WV
The price is $101 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Charleston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charleston Civic Center and Charleston Town Center. Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and ...
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Holiday Inn Express Civic Center, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Civic Center, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
100 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV
The price is $88 per night from May 30 to May 30
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Holiday Inn Express Civic Center, an IHG Hotel
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Embassy Suites Charleston
Embassy Suites Charleston
3.5 out of 5
300 Court St, Charleston, WV
The price is $127 per night from May 15 to May 15
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Charleston Marriott Town Center
Charleston Marriott Town Center
3.5 out of 5
200 Lee St E, Charleston, WV
The price is $101 per night from May 16 to May 16
Charleston Marriott Town Center
Holiday Inn Express Civic Center, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Civic Center, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
100 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV
The price is $88 per night from May 30 to May 30
Holiday Inn Express Civic Center, an IHG Hotel
Four Points by Sheraton Charleston
Four Points by Sheraton Charleston
3 out of 5
600 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV
The price is $84 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Four Points by Sheraton Charleston
Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center
Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center
3 out of 5
100 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV
The price is $103 per night from May 16 to May 16
Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charleston South, WV
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charleston South, WV
3 out of 5
105 Alex Ln, Charleston, WV
The price is $83 per night from May 11 to May 11
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charleston South, WV
Ramada by Wyndham Charleston
Ramada by Wyndham Charleston
2.5 out of 5
1000 Washington St E, Charleston, WV
The price is $64 per night from May 15 to May 15
Ramada by Wyndham Charleston
Sonesta ES Suites Charleston
Sonesta ES Suites Charleston
3 out of 5
200 Hotel Cir, Charleston, WV
The price is $116 per night from May 9 to May 9
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Quality Inn & Suites
Quality Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
1010 Washington Street E, Charleston, WV
The price is $84 per night from May 9 to May 9
Quality Inn & Suites
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