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West Virginia State Capitol Building

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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Four Points by Sheraton Charleston $95
Four Points by Sheraton Charleston

Four Points by Sheraton Charleston

600 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Charleston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Haddad Riverfront Park, Charleston Town Center, and Charleston Civic Center. Avampato Discovery Museum and Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences are also within 15 minutes. Charleston Station is 27 minutes by foot.

    Embassy Suites Charleston $144
    Embassy Suites Charleston

    Embassy Suites Charleston

    300 Court St, Charleston, WV
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 Discovery Museum are also within 10 minutes.

      Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charleston South, WV $94
      Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charleston South, WV

      Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charleston South, WV

      105 Alex Ln, Charleston, WV
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Charleston, West Virginia State Museum, and West Virginia State Capitol Building. Charleston Town Center and Charleston Civic Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Hampton Inn Charleston-Downtown $102
        Hampton Inn Charleston-Downtown

        Hampton Inn Charleston-Downtown

        1 Virginia St W, Charleston, WV
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Charleston, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Charleston Civic Center and Charleston Town Center. Haddad Riverfront Park and Avampato Discovery Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Holiday Inn Express Civic Center $86
          Holiday Inn Express Civic Center

          Holiday Inn Express Civic Center

          100 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 Discovery Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Ramada by Wyndham Charleston $64
            Ramada by Wyndham Charleston

            Ramada by Wyndham Charleston

            1000 Washington St E, Charleston, WV
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Charleston, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Avampato Discovery Museum and Charleston Town Center. Charleston Civic Center is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away. Charleston Station is 27 minutes by foot.

              Red Roof Inn Charleston - Kanawha City, WV $56
              Red Roof Inn Charleston - Kanawha City, WV

              Red Roof Inn Charleston - Kanawha City, WV

              100 Trueman Circle, Charleston, WV
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Charleston, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Charleston, West Virginia State Museum, and West Virginia State Capitol Building. Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and Appalachian Power Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center $116
                Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center

                Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center

                100 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Charleston, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Charleston Civic Center and Charleston Town Center. Haddad Riverfront Park and Avampato Discovery Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Charleston Station is 21 minutes by foot.