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Capitol

Address: 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, Charleston, WV
Phone Number: 304-558-4839
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Ranked #1 of 26 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Designed by influential architect Cass Gilbert, this grand building, the highest state capitol dome...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Designed by influential architect Cass Gilbert, this grand building, the highest state capitol dome in the United States, is open to the public for tours and features decadent interior details like marble walls a massive crystal chandelier.

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Orland Park, Illinois
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116 reviews 116 reviews
100 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The most positive aspect of my visit to the West Virginia State Capitol is that most of the "attractions" are accessible. In my opinion, the main things to see are (1) the rotunda and inner dome; (2) the Senate chamber; (3) the House chamber and (4) the Supreme Court chamber. The Governor's Reception Room is also available. All of these... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I work in the capitol complex so I see the outside of the capitol everyday. I have been on tours with my children's classes and I always learn something new. The chandelier in the center rotunda is amazing, the ceiling detail in the upper halls has an interesting history. Worth visiting if you are in the area and can get... More 

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Huntington, West Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Highly regarded for its beauty, the building is great to enter for a walking tour. Staff is extremely friendly

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Berkley, Michigan
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106 reviews 106 reviews
41 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Pretty capital, interesting statues, hidden gardens - plus it was fall, so gorgeous landscapes. Definitely worth visiting. Take 50 cents for parking, park right at the capitol!

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Somerset, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This was my birthday trip several years ago. I love the grandeur of government building especially older ones. It always amazes me at the quality of workmanship achieve without the technology of today's building trade. I would like to go back with camera and tripod in tow. Another grand old building.

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Memphis, Indiana
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Our tour guide was amazing. I've learned so much & the dome is really beautiful. Me & my friends loved all the chandeliers & the ceilings haha. It was all beautiful. Wear comfy shoes & take a lot of pics.

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Cazy, West Virginia, United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We took our students to tour the WV State Capitol last week. Many of them had never been there. It was an excellent tour. We got to see the House and Senate chambers and the governor's reception room. Our guides, Maryann and Grace, were quite knowledgeable, giving us many architectural, cultural, and historical facts and anecdotes. The building itself is... More 

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Rutherfordton, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 via mobile

During a weekend trip for a concert my husband, two friends, and myself ventured to see what we could find in Charleston. Along with the state museum, you must not miss the capital. Amazing self guided walk through this gorgeous historic building is well worth it. WV should be proud.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

The West Virginia capitol building is beautifully striking, especially when the sun shines on the gold dome. Positioned in a wonderful setting along the river in Charleston, I consider it one of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the country.

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Columbia, SC
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Spending the day in Charleston, we decided to visit the WV capitol. From the gold leaf on the dome to the wall to wall, floor to ceiling marble in this massive building there is beauty to be seen everywhere. West Virginians should be very proud.

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