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10 Things You Shouldn't Miss Doing In Charleston, West Virginia


Charleston is not just West Virginia's capital; it's also the cultural hub of the state and has just everything for everyone. Its location in the state's western central part makes it one of the most accessible cities in the United States. Vacationers traveling from big cities like Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh, North Carolina's Charlotte, and Kentucky's Lexington can reach Charleston in less than three hours. One of the city's major draws is its spectacular scenery, which also gives it an incredible charm of a small town because much of it is wilderness. These are the 10 things you shouldn't miss in Charleston, West Virginia.

Standing beautifully above Kanawha River banks, the State Capitol of Charleston is its most striking building. The building’s 300-ft-dome is higher than Washington D.C.’s State Capitol by five feet. The State Capital is the home of the West Virginia Legislature and the acting Governor’s office. Travelers can explore the building’s architecture, one of the most impressive in the state, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Kanawha River.

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